01 June 2018


Shadow Treasurer Ryan Park has labelled Treasurer Dominic Perrottets promise to address cost of living pressures in the upcoming budget a hurtful con, with NSW families having suffered through eight long years of rising costs and record low wage growth under the Liberals and Nationals Government.

NSW Opposition analysis of key cost of living pressures exposes massive increases in tolls, electricity bills, rent and house prices for Sydneysiders.

As Charlestown residents face these rising costs, the NSW Government continues to dither and neglect taking real action to reduce cost of living pressures.

Since 2011, the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government has:

Sold the States electricity network and sent bills soaring 58 per cent;
Failed to protect renters who have suffered over 26 per cent increases in rent; and
Overseen a property boom that has sent median house prices soaring by over 84 per cent.

As families continue to experience a strain on their household budget, the Liberals/Nationals can find more than $2 billion for their Sydney Stadium splurge.

Whilst the Treasurer waxes lyrical about a budget that builds for tomorrow the Government is nowhere to be seen on the issues of today.

If the upcoming budget does not addressrising electricity prices and cost of living pressures then it is a failure.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Treasurer Ryan Park

If the Treasurer was serious about easing cost of living pressures, his Government wouldnt be increasing tolls and wouldnt be ignoring the rising cost of electricity.

Whether its electricity or whether its general cost of living people are finding it difficult to make ends meet. The Government needs to use this budget to address some of those challenges.

Wages have flat lined, at a time when expenses continue to grow and with it the gap between those who can afford things and those who cant is continuing to grow.

People in NSW in 2018, right across this State, are struggling with the increasing cost of living, whether its house prices, high tolls or keeping the lights on.

Quotes attributable to Member for Charlestown Jodie Harrison

This Government is in a bubble; its not talking to the men and women of Charlestown who say its harder to make ends meet.

The Government is saying that everything is going great, but mums and dads around the dinner table in Charlestown are telling a different story.