Green light for the state's poles and wires to be sold off

THE NSW Government's plan to partially privatise the state's electricity assets has been given the green light, amid accusations of a back room deal with the Christian Democrats.

The Legislative Council passed the bill by 19 votes to 17 to allow the 99-year lease of 49% of the state's poles and wires to the private sector.

Premier Mike Baird declared the move a "milestone" which would raise $20 billion in revenue for infrastructure projects throughout NSW.

"We are going to step-change our infrastructure, we are going to march forward and we are going to deliver projects that when in government those opposite only talked about, thought about and dithered over. We are going to deliver those projects," he said.

Christian Democrat MPs Fred Nile and Paul Green voted in favour of the lease with their deciding upper house votes.

Labor and the Greens accused the government of pandering to the minor party by introducing a plan to remove all references to secular ethics classes from public school enrolment forms, instead asking parents to nominate their child's religion.



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