A state election will be held on March 28 in New South Wales. At the moment the Liberal government holds a significant majority although polls are showing that the Labor opposition is likely to claw back some seats.
By David Elliott, Socialist Party
One of the issues on voters’ minds is the Liberals’ plan to privatise state electricity poles and wires. Many people know that privatisation leads to poorer services and higher prices. For this reason more than 70% of voters oppose the sell-off.
While Labor has been forced to declare their formal opposition to the plans, they actually began the process of electricity privatisation while in office, as well as selling off the water industry, prison services and public transport.
In reality Labor were thrown out at the last election for adhering to the same big business agenda followed by the Liberals. The dilemma facing voters is that neither major party stands opposed to selling off public assets.
Regardless of who wins on March 28 there will be a need to build a protest movement against the policies of cuts and sell-offs. Such a movement can help lay the basis for a new political force that could act as a genuine alternative to the major parties.