Tracey Joynson

No witch-hunt, but Fred Nile wants inquiry into asset sale

CHRISTIAN Democrats leader Fred Nile believes he holds enough sway to force a public inquiry into the sale of state electricity assets.

He has vowed to reject privatisation until he has been guaranteed prices would not rise and no worker would be worse off.

"They're all saying we will have the seats in the upper house to have the balance of power - or the balance of prayer and response, as I call it," he said.

"It means if they want to get poles and wires through, they will have to co-operate and hold a public inquiry, which may recommend the whole thing is justified.

"But it will be open and transparent and the public will hear the evidence."

The Rev Nile is a big believer in select committee inquiries and, more often than not, presides as their chairman in the NSW Parliament. "If I'm critical of the government, then so be it. But I don't start out on a witch-hunt, which is what a Labor chair would do."


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