Returning to Dominic Perrottet’s radio interview from earlier this morning, and the NSW premier has shot down state Labor’s commitment to scrap several trade roles following the John Barilaro saga if he is elected next year.
Speaking to radio station 2GB this morning, Perrottet said the plan – spearheaded by NSW Opposition Leader Chris Minns – is the wrong course of action.
“These roles are incredibly important, and I’ve seen that firsthand,” the premier said.
“If you speak to our ministers in relation to the trade missions that they’ve done in the past… NSW wasn’t even in the room.
“I’ve met people on my recent trade mission who have said to me that they will now start to look to invest in NSW that they wouldn’t have done before.”
2GB’s Ben Fordham also asked Perrottet whether he had made a “handshake agreement” to help upgrade suburban rugby league stadiums after the premier told the NRL it would not follow through on a $250 million pledge to invest in suburban venues.
“I shake hands with Peter V’landys every meeting I’m at,” the NSW premier replied.
“We’ve just received a flood inquiry, which is going to cost the people of NSW billions of dollars. My job as premier is to not look after vested interests. My job as premier is to look after the people of NSW.”