Now that Baird is opting out of politics, his centerpiece project needs to be stopped. Since he and Tony Abbott turned the first sod of this toxic project back in March 2015, community opposition has continued to grow.
Public criticism of WestConnex, billion dollar budget blowouts, shonky, secretive planning and huge contracts to companies under federal police investigation, have all played a significant role in the declining popularity of Premier Baird, according to Greens Member for Newtown Jenny Leong MP.
“We’ve seen the appalling treatment of hundreds of home owners and renters who’ve had their homes forcibly acquired in the most egregious manner, along with the bulldozing of swathes of heritage protected homes,” said Ms Leong.
“Just last week we’ve seen senior citizens thrown to the ground and charged by police using this government’s new anti-protest laws for simply standing against the felling of 850 trees in and around Sydney Park.
“Key companies contracted for WestConnex are under serious bribery investigations while others have been sued for highly inaccurate traffic modelling and yet received billions to do the same for WestConnex.
“WestConnex has been one of the key issues plaguing Premier Baird and his government. The new Premier must call an immediate halt to the project and set up a review to look at better options,” she said.