Greens NSW MP and Transport Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has called the NSW Government’s behaviour shameful for ignoring the tens of thousands of community members who signed petitions against the privatisation of Inner West Region 6 Bus Services.
MLC Mehreen Faruqi said:
“This Government will do anything to sell off our public transport assets, and this time they have shamefully ignored tens of thousands of people in the Inner West community who signed petitions against privatisation of Region 6 bus services.
“The Transport Minister has locked the Inner West community into 8 years of privatised bus services. This has nothing to do with improving public transport, but everything to do with the Liberal/National Government’s agenda of privatising public services, no matter what the cost to the community.
“I found out through freedom of information that the Government had ignored repeated requests by the State Transit Authority to implement changes to improve on-time running for buses in the Inner West. It’s clear they want to run it down, then sell it off.
“Privatisation of public transport is at the heart of this agenda for a New South Wales that is run by big business and for the interests of big business. The Liberal/National Government has ignored the community and bus drivers who came out in the hundreds at Town Hall meetings to protest the privatisation of Region 6.
“The reality is that the Liberals want to sell off Region 6 bus services because they have no skin in the game. They’re punishing people of the Inner West for not voting Liberal. This is outrageous and disgraceful,” she concluded.