Outside NSW parliament on Macquarie street
Morris Iemma has recalled NSW parliament to vote on privatisation on Thursday and Friday this week, using the release of the auditor-general's report as an excuse to try to force through his sell-off plans. According to the Sydney Morning Herald 14 Labor MPs are committed to or considering crossing the floor to vote against privatisation. This, or the Liberals voting against the bills, could scuttle the sell-off. This emergency rally is being held to remind MPs of the overwhelming 80 per cent public opposition to privatisation and to call on all MPs to vote against the sale.
Invited speakers include: Cate Faehrmann (Nature Conservation Council), Catholic priest Father Peter Maher, John Kaye (Greens upper house MP), George Souris (National Party upper house MP) and Colin Drane (Power to the People).
Called by the Sydney "Power to the People" committee
Contact Trevor Davies on 0400 008 338
Last minute lobbying of MPs
Unions NSW is encouraging people to email or phone MPs who are still wavering on voting for privatisation before Thursday. In particular they want people to ring upper house Liberal MPs, where there is the most change of the privatisation bills being defeated. A list of upper house MPs and of lower house MPs who are still being targeted is attached for anyone who can do this.
Another emergency meeting of the Power to the People committee will be held Monday next week (September 1) at 6pm on 1st floor, AMWU offices on Chalmers st, Surry Hills (near Central station) to discuss what to do if parliament votes to go ahead with privatisation. All welcome.
The "Power to the People" group is a coalition of ALP members, unions, the Greens, Uniting Church groups, Socialist Alliance, Solidarity and environmental and community groups against the sell-off of the power industry in New South Wales.