The New South Wales Government and Opposition seem to be kicking into campaign mode a year out from the state election.
Labor organised a full campaign launch in the western Sydney suburb of Penrith, with Opposition Leader Luke Foley putting forward his pitch of “schools and hospitals before stadiums” in a bid to capitalise on public opposition to the Government’s $2 billion plan to rebuild Olympic Stadium.
But the spotlight on the event had to be shared with Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
She too went to western Sydney and made an announcement at Nepean Hospital — seven minutes up the road and an hour before Labor’s launch was set to start.
$450 million for western Sydney hospital
The Government pledged $450 million for the second stage of the upgrade to Nepean Hospital in Penrith.
The first stage is being constructed and at a cost of $576 million.
The NSW Government has promised $450 million to the second stage of the Nepean Hospital upgrade. (Source: Nepean Hospital)
Ms Berejiklian said the funding commitment today guaranteed the second stage would be built as soon as the first stage was completed in 2023.
“Today is all about making sure that western Sydney not only gets the health services it needs, but also the doctors clinicians and nurses that support those services,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Planning will start on the second stage and is expected to include specialist services including a cancer centre, cardiac services and palliative care.
Labor pledges air conditioning for schools
Just over an hour later, Mr Foley made his pledge for if he wins the next election.
In a speech to the party faithful, he promised a Labor government would spend $300 million rolling out air conditioning to public schools.
“Labor will air-condition children’s classrooms,” Mr Foley said.
“The Liberals will air-condition the corporate suites at their new stadiums.”
The election will be held on March 23 next year.