Chris Minns to call for extension of economic support in budget reply

While the government has spruiked investment in shovel-ready road and local government projects during the pandemic downturn, Mr Minns will say it should look to bankroll major building projects, in the social housing and education sectors.

“It is time for a big build in social housing and schools – bringing back jobs, getting young people into their homes, and our kids learning in classrooms fit for our future.”

With toll fees increasing at 4 per cent each year as government infrastructure projects blow out by billions, Mr Minns will also argue the new Premier’s financial record – he was the treasurer – is more concerning than his personal politics.

“The taxpayers of this state should be far more concerned about the Premier’s record of tolls, taxes, fines, charges – and record debt – than about the Perrottet collection of Trump hats and toy nuclear power stations – strange though it is,” Mr Minns will say.

“At the last election, after eight years, the Liberals and Nationals ran out of ideas – and last week, after 10 years, they ran out of talent.”

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The member for Kogarah, who was appointed Labor leader just three weeks before NSW was thrust into the Delta lockdown, will also say the government should extend its COVID intensive learning program into 2022 after months of disrupted learning. The program was set up during the pandemic to provide small group tuition for students in primary and secondary schools.

“This wasn’t just a lost winter of trading. For a lot of kids it was a lost year of learning as well,” he will say.

The Opposition Leader will also reaffirm the party’s position to scrap the Beaches Link tunnel in northern Sydney and instead invest in public transport infrastructure for western Sydney.

Mr Perrottet last month revealed the Delta lockdown had cost the state $11 billion, and pushed the budget deficit out to $19 billion.


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