Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the demolition of the Sydney Football Stadium is now out of her hands, and it would be inappropriate for the Government to interfere.
- Mr Daley has sought an urgent meeting with Lendlease for details on the stadium demolition
- He said he was trying to “find out what the Government is up to”
- Ms Berejiklian today announced four new routes on the Sydney Metro Rail network
With more heavy machinery onsite today, State Opposition Leader Michael Daley revealed he was seeking an urgent meeting with the chief executive of Lendlease to obtain more information about the demolition timetable.
He said he was acting because the Government had obfuscated the issue.
“That is a dereliction of duty by the Premier,” Mr Daley said.
“I shouldn’t have to — on behalf of the people of NSW and while we are in caretaker mode — talk to a person who is doing the demolition to find out what the Government is up to.”
Ms Berejiklian dismissed the move as a stunt.
“I’m not going to enter into his political games,” she said.
“If he wants to write letters, fine. We are building projects.”
She suggested it was wrong for Mr Daley to interfere.
“It would be inappropriate for any government to ring up any contractor and tell them what to do.
“Once you issue a contract for someone to deliver a project, they have to get on with the job.”
When asked by a journalist if she was saying the matter was out of her hands, Ms Berejiklian replied: “Absolutely.”
Ms Berejiklian made the comments while announcing the Government would expand the Sydney Metro Rail network with four new routes:
- Metro West extension — from Westmead to the Western Sydney Airport
- North South Rail Line extensions (from St Marys to Rouse Hill via Schofields) and from the Western Sydney Aerotropolis to Macarthur
- Metro South West extension from Bankstown to Liverpool
The Premier and her Transport Minister Andrew Constance refused to put a date on any of the new projects, with Mr Constance suggesting it would take “20 years or so”.
Meanwhile, Mr Daley has been campaigning in critical battleground seats on the North Coast, where he was caught out struggling to explain one of his party’s own policies.
Mr Daley previously announced he would pay for a promise to fund nurse-patient ratios by placing an extra transfer tax on vehicles worth more than $100,000.
When asked to respond to the Premier’s claim that it would also affect farm vehicles, Mr Daley was unable to confirm or deny if that was the case.
He initially said “he’ll have a look at it” and would “get the Shadow Treasurer to explain in detail today exactly what it does and doesn’t apply to”.
Mr Daley later clarified that farmers would be exempt from the policy.
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