WHY WE MUST STOP PRIVATISATION?
We get told privatisation will create more choice, better savings and lower costs for consumers; in practice the opposite has happened.
Often, privatisation means Governments up needing to spend even more money to fix problems or bring services back to the public realm.
In recent months, even the Australian Competition and Consumer chairman Rod Sims has said that the sale of ports and electricity infrastructure and the opening of vocational education to private companies had caused him and the public to lose faith in privatisation and deregulation.
Services in South Australia that have already been privatised are extensive making SA one of the most heavily privatised states in the nation.
Gas, water, electricity - you name it - the whole service (or parts of these services) have been sold:
1993 SA Gas Co
1995 Adelaide Buses
1995 Pipeline Authority
1999 Electricity Trust of South Australia (ETSA)
2000 Darwin Railway
2001 Flinders Ports
2012 Forestry SA
2012 SA Lotteries
2015 Motor Accident Commission
2017 Lands Titles Office
What will be sold off next?