Colin Barnett blew financial management of the resources boom, and is failing to cap WA’s diabolical debt levels. So now he wants to sell off public assets like Western Power to make a quick buck.
Analysts have warned that power prices would rise and service standards would deteriorate.
Don’t let Barnett fool you: when governments sell off public services, private companies profit, but it’s Australian households who pay.
Barnett knows he’s especially vulnerable coming up to the state election. So he’s trying to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes by claiming that selling off Western Power will generate funds for public spending. It’s like robbing Peter to pay Paul.
Public assets must remain in the community's hands to provide much-needed services at a reasonable cost. Selling off private assets isn’t just economically dangerous, it’s socially irresponsible.
Tell Barnett: Essential utilities are just too important to be put into private hands.