Andrew Fraser and Nats against privatising electricity
COFFS Coast MP Andrew Fraser has spoken out against the privatisation of the NSW electricity network.
Mr Fraser was at the National Party's state conference in Bathurst where he voted along with all other attendees to oppose any plans to sell the state's monopoly electricity network, saying that privatisation had failed to benefit the public in South Australia and Victoria.
The Electrical Trades Union and United Services Union welcomed the support of the National Party's rank and file members and pledged that power industry unions would work cooperatively with the National Party to ensure any push to privatise the states monopoly electricity network was stopped.
Unions NSW Deputy Assistant Secretary Adam Kerslake said the vote sent out a clear message.
"National Party members from across NSW, including those living in the electorate of Coffs Harbour, have sent a clear message to their parliamentary representatives that electricity privatisation is bad for regional NSW and must be opposed," Mr Kerslake said.
USU General Secretary Graeme Kelly said he hoped Mr Fraser would continue his opposition to privatisation at Macquarie St.
"While the conference motion is not binding on National Party MPs, it does make it abundantly clear that rank and file National Party members do not want the state's electricity networks to be privatised," Mr Kelly said.
"It is now up to National Party MPs to support their rank and file members and rule out once and for all the privatisation of the our electricity network."