Premier's Party Visit an Opportunity to Apologise for Broken Promises

Premier Gladys Berejiklian

On the eve of Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s visit to Port Stephens for a Liberal Party State Council meeting, Port Stephens MP Kate Washington has called on the Premier to use her visit to fix and apologise for the Government’s long list of broken promises and policy failures.

Since becoming Premier, Berejiklian has overseen a raft of policy failures which have negatively impacted Port Stephens residents.

During her visit the Premier should: - Announce a buy back of the ‘mistakenly sold’ Mambo Wetland koala habitat - Explain the Nelson Bay Road backflip and prioritise the duplication of Nelson Bay Road - Announce the construction of Medowie High School, which was due to be “shovel ready” in 2011 - Ban PFAS like other Australian states have done - Pause further changes to commercial fishing regulation - Abandon the Sydney stadium splurge and redirect the funding to schools and hospitals

In recent weeks the Premier has sought to create the impression that the Liberals want to win back the seat of Port Stephens, but they have refused to do the tough work required.

Even the Liberal Candidate for Port Stephens, the newly elected Councillor Jaimie Abbott, has publically slammed the Government’s handling of the Mambo Wetlands sell off.

Quotes attributable to Kate Washington MP

“Today, the Liberal Party is in complete disarray because they’re disconnected from the things that really matter to people. Port Stephens has borne the brunt of the Sydney-centric self-interest of the Liberal Party, and we’ve had enough.

“For years this Government has ignored Port Stephens. How can the Premier expect to gain the support of our community when the Government has failed to deliver on its basic promises?

“The Premier is here for an internal Liberal Party meeting, but she should use this occasion to apologise and announce how she will fix the Government’s long list of broken promises and policy failures.

“Even the Liberal Party candidate doesn’t support the Premier’s record in Port Stephens. The Premier will need to make amends before the Liberal Party can hope to win back this electorate.

“Instead of spending billions of dollars on rebuilding stadiums in Sydney, the Premier should make schools and hospitals a priority.”

This item was distributed as a media release on Friday 24 August 2018.


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