Marjorie O'Neill MP, Member for Coogee, spoke in Parliament recently against the privatisation of our Eastern Suburbs buses. Marjorie has created a petition to collect 10,000 signatures required to force a debate in Parliament.
Local politions Michael Daley and Matt Thistlethwaite attended and addressed the Save our Buses Rally at High Cross Park Randwick on 14 December 2019. The rally coincided with the opening of the South East Light rail line from Sydney City to Randwick. Residents and local politicians rallied against the privatisation sell-off of Eastern Suburbs bus routes by the Liberal State Government.
There is, of course, a general and genuine concern that when public assets are privatised, profit come before people. Figures produced by Transport for NSW have revealed that, since the Inner West buses were privatised, the punctuality of those buses has deteriorated significantly.
The proposed privatisation of Eastern Suburbs buses clearly illustrates that the Premier has lied to the people of NSW on three key issues:
that the government would not privatise any more public assets
that the government would increase bus services to the Eastern Suburbs
that the government would bring back the 378 bus, a service that they themselves cut.
This government has back-flipped on poor decisions before. The campaign to to hold the Berejiklian Government to account on their pre-election promises and to save Eastern Suburbs buses from privatisation continues.