Election pledges from Labor Chris Minns after beating Liberal Dominic Perrottet in the New South Wales state election
Chris Minns soundly defeated Dominic Perrottet to become NSW’s 47th Prime Minister on Saturday night.
NSW voters left the Coalition after 12 years in power, and the landslide election defeat showed a massive swing towards Labour.
While the votes are still being counted, Labor is on track to form a majority government, which requires 47 seats. The party won 45 seats and has a slight lead of four seats yet to be counted.
Minns has wasted no time in his new role as state leader, with a meeting held at his Kogarah home with senior ministers on Sunday morning.
Chris Minns (pictured with wife Anna) defeated Liberal’s Dominic Perrottet to become NSW’s 47th Prime Minister
Unions in New South Wales have already called on the new Labor state government to raise public sector wages and remove the Coalitions wage cap of 3 per cent.
Minns said the salary cap would be an urgent priority for his new government and that he would meet with unions to work out the “next step to take.”
Daily Mail Australia questioned Chris Minns about his election promises ahead of the election on Saturday.
He vowed to fix the state’s toll road system, provide more affordable and social housing, increase the number of health care workers, end the privatization of state assets, and return to a state-owned energy company.
Here are the details of his plan for New South Wales.
Mr. Minns (pictured) held a leadership meeting with senior ministers the night after the state election.
Chris Minns promised to increase the number of healthcare workers in NSW and make continuous improvements to existing hospitals.
The new Labor government will recruit an additional 1,200 nurses and midwives and up to 500 new paramedics to work in rural and regional areas.
The public sector salary cap is set to be removed and classified as an “urgent priority” of the incumbent government.
The Minns government also plans to improve several hospitals in the state, starting with facilities in Canterbury and Fairfield.
The Minns government also plans to upgrade a number of hospitals in the state, starting with facilities in Canterbury and Fairfield (Royal North Shore Hospital pictured)
Labor promised action on stamp duty, to allow first-time homebuyers to access the housing scale more easily. It promises to eliminate or reduce stamp duty for first-time homebuyers on purchases up to $800,000.
Stamp duty will be partly waived for first-time homebuyers purchasing homes of up to $1 million under Labor’s plan.
Minns also pledged to abolish the land tax.
“NSW Labor will remove or reduce stamp duty for 95 per cent of first-time homebuyers, abolish the Liberals’ land tax on family homes forever and deliver real reform for tenants,” said the Labor leader.
The New South Wales Labor government concentrated on providing social housing for Australians in need.
A mandatory requirement will be introduced under the Minns government that 30 percent of all housing built on government surplus land must go into affordable and social housing.
Chris Minns told Daily Mail Australia his government will scrap the big stamp duty cut for first-time home buyers on purchases up to $800,000 (Oran Park houses pictured)
Sydney has become one of the most expensive cities in the world when it comes to toll roads, and the issue has become a major talking point in this weekend’s poll.
Labor made tolls a key focus in the run-up to the election, with Minns committing to a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s toll road system.
He said: ‘The workers will deliver Sydney more and better toll relief and fix the current mess that Dominic Perrottet has created with his secret contracts and privatized toll roads.’
Mr Minns will appoint former ACCC Chairman Professor Allan Fels AO to take over the current Treasury and Transport toll review, negotiate with toll road operators to offer cheaper toll rates for drivers and will consider long-term toll improvements. system.
He also promised to introduce a $60 weekly toll cap if elected, which will be a boon for those with long commutes or constant driving as part of their job.
The limit will apply from January 1, 2024 and will be in effect for two years.
Drivers who are charged more than $60 in tolls in a single week will be reimbursed by Service NSW.
Sydney is one of the most expensive cities in the world when it comes to toll roads (WestConnex M4 tunnel entrance pictured)
Chris Minns promised motorists that a demerit point would be removed from their record each year for those drivers who have had a clean driving record for the past 12 months.
It currently takes three years for a demerit point to be removed.
The New South Wales government under the leadership of Chris Minns will build new public transport in western Sydney to match the significant population growth projected over the next two decades.
Minns has also pledged to undertake a review of Sydney trains and restore express services, which will keep journey times as short as possible for those in Sydney’s west and outer suburbs.
Mr Minns will carry out an overhaul of Sydney trains and restore express services, reducing journey times for those in Sydney’s west and outer suburbs (file image)
NSW Labor also wanted to establish a bus rapid fleet connecting Campbelltown, Liverpool and Penrith to Badgerys Creek from 2026.
Chris Minns promised to subsidize energy bills for families by $250 and small businesses by $315 under his proposed $485 million Energy Relief Fund.
Deductions will be applied directly to energy bills for one year and paid in quarterly installments.
There are 1.6 million families and 320,000 small businesses that will be eligible for the scheme.
NSW Labor said it would also spend $1 billion setting up a state-owned energy company called Energy Security Corporation if they were elected.
Eraring power station (pictured) is set to close in 2025, but Chris Minns hasn’t ruled out buying it back to keep it open
The ESC will develop renewable energy projects such as community batteries and hydro-pumped energy storage. Labor said the money would come from the proceeds of the sale of state assets.
Minns has ruled out any further privatization, telling Daily Mail Australia: “NSW Labor will not privatize Sydney Water, Hunter Water or Essential Energy which would send water bills skyrocketing, the Liberals cannot be trusted to offer the same commitment”.
The Labor leader is also considering buying back the coal-fired Eraring power station to hedge against a shortfall in power supply from less robust renewables, in what was a notable departure from Labour’s anti-coal positions at federal and state level.
Labor has pledged to convert 10,000 existing temporary teacher posts to permanent posts if elected.
The new government plans to reduce administrative work in schools by five hours a week, change school zoning rules so that children have access to a coeducational school, and build new schools in Sydney Olympics Park and South West Sydney.
They will also build 100 new preschools, 50 new and expanded schools and establish TAFE National Manufacturing Centres.
The work will make 10,000 existing temporary teacher positions permanent (file image)
POLICIES ‘AT A GLANCE’
* Stamp duty to be scrapped or reduced for first-time homebuyers for purchases up to $800,000
* Land tax to be abolished
* Thirty percent of all housing built on government surplus land will go toward social and affordable housing.
* A major overhaul and overhaul of Sydney’s toll roads and a weekly toll cap of $60
* One demerit point will be removed from a driver’s record each year if they have had a clean record for the past 12 months
* Ten thousand existing temporary teacher positions to convert into permanent roles
* An additional 1,200 nurses and midwives will be recruited and 500 paramedics will be hired for regional and rural areas
* Energy bills for families will be reduced by $250 and for small businesses by $315
* A state energy company called Energy Security Corporation will be created