MPs trade verbal punches

MOUNT Druitt MP Richard Amery has laughed off claims Labor has snubbed the people of western Sydney.

Londonderry MP Bart Bassett slammed the state opposition for voting against a priority motion in Parliament to support infrastructure in western Sydney.

He said the Liberals were getting on with projects Labor failed to deliver.

“Labor had the opportunity to show bipartisan support for western Sydney and vote for a priority motion asking Parliament to support the government’s commitment to delivering better infrastructure and services for western Sydney and failed,’’ Mr Bassett said.

‘‘Labor failed the people of western Sydney for 16 long years in government with broken promise after broken promise and nothing to show other than an expensive list of reports and failed projects. Labor promised to upgrade Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospital for years and did nothing. Now in opposition, they are up to their old tricks and yet again chose politics over people.’’

Mr Amery described Mr Bassett’s comments as comical.

‘‘That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all day,’’ he told the Star.

‘‘There was no debate on the motion. Where was Bart Bassett when people were rallying against the closure of the cardiac ward at Mount Druitt Hospital?’’

Mr Amery said his Liberal counterparts were the ones failing western Sydney.

‘‘The Premier comes from Ku-ring-gai and is the minister for western Sydney,’’ he said.

‘‘If the area was a priority for them, they would have a western Sydney MP in the ministry. There are stacks of these MPs and the Premier couldn’t find one to put in his cabinet. Since this government was elected, all my political career has been about is the closure of the cardiac ward, childcare centres, swimming pools and services being cut.’’

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