JODI Mckay Marks 100 Days as Labor Leader
Pledges to Represent City and Country
NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay has marked her first 100 days in the job – a period in which she has moved to strongly re-engage Labor with Sydney’s multicultural communities and travel to all parts of the state.
Ms McKay said the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government – now on its ninth year and third Premier and Deputy Premier – was increasingly tired, ragged and plagued by problems in the city and country:
• Major project bungles and $13 billion worth of blowouts including the Sydney Football Stadium, CBD Light Rail, and likely cancellation of Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2
• A broken promise on privatisation with Forestry Corporation and Region 7 Buses on the chopping block after the Premier said “no more privatisations” in March
• The ongoing building industry crisis, botched response to Mascot Tower and Opal Tower and failure to rectify flammable cladding; all while Sydney suburbs reel from overdevelopment and a poorly regulated building boom
• The Nationals’ gross mismanagement of the drought, with many towns running out of water
• Revelations of loose and unsealed asbestos at hundreds of NSW schools
• Sydney’s transport in chaos with 40 Metro malfunctions since May, chronic heavy rail overcrowding and signalling stuff-ups, and unpopular cuts to North West HillsBus services.
Ms McKay’s travels have taken her to Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Singleton, Newcastle, Wyong, Wollongong, Nowra, Broken Hill, Menindee, Dubbo, Goulburn, Coonabarabran, Cootamundra, Parkes and Gundagai.
Within Sydney, Ms McKay has visited key seats such as Penrith, Riverstone, Camden, Heathcote, Ryde, Parramatta and Seven Hills – and been busy re-engaging with the city’s diverse communities.
“I want to be a Premier who grows and progresses this State, but also leads a Government with heart. That’s the big difference between Gladys Berejiklian and me,” Ms McKay said today.
“I believe the job of leader is to meet people, show up across the State and listen to real people’s problems.”
“I’ve been to Menindee and witnessed river beds run dry. I’ve visited Stockton to comfort a community abandoned as their coastline washes away. I’ve met with desperate Mascot Towers residents and advanced their case for a low interest loan.”
“The Premier has done none of these things. Whenever there’s trouble, she seems afraid to meet real people. She has gone to ground and been missing in action.”
Ms McKay noted it had been a difficult period in state politics for both parties – having acted to stand down the Party’s General Secretary while the Premier has sidelined John Sidoti who is under ICAC investigation.
“I can honestly say the first 100 days haven’t always been easy but I’m determined to take the tough decisions necessary to build a better Party,” Ms McKay said.
“That’s the first step to Labor winning Government in 2023.”