New South Wales Labor suffers election bus mishap, as campaigning goes west four days out from vote – ABC News

New South Wales Labor suffers election bus mishap, as campaigning goes west four days out from vote - ABC News

With dozens of journalists watching their every move, the last thing any politician wants on the election campaign trial is car trouble. 

But NSW Labor’s electric bus hit a speed bump in western Sydney today, forcing everyone on board to swap to a petrol bus.

The zero-emissions bus, which has Opposition Leader Chris Minns’s face plastered all over it, had to be ditched due to a charging issue, which he later laughed off.

“I forgot to charge it last night and as a result it broke down,” Mr Minns said.

Whilst he couldn’t say when it would be up and running again, he denied predictable suggestions his team didn’t have adequate “charge” either.

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A replacement bus was provided for media on the campaign trail. (ABC News: Kamin Gock)

“Bus or no bus, we are ready for the next four days,” he said.

“Absolutely, we are fired up and ready to go, bus or no bus.”

As the campaign comes to a close, the premier took the opportunity for a swipe.

“It’s no surprise to that Labor’s bus has broken down, just like their budget broke down yesterday,” Dominic Perrottet said.

“That shows the difference between the Liberals and Nationals and our economic plan, and Labor [who] doesn’t have a plan.”

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Dominic Perrottet was in Goulburn today speaking to residents of the Taralga RFS before heading to Camden. (ABC News: Rani Hayman)

Labor’s bus tour started the day at Warragamba Dam, where Mr Minns criticised Mr Perrottet’s plan to raise the dam wall for flood mitigation.

Mr Minns stayed on theme and continued Labor’s long-running argument that the Coalition doesn’t have money to pay for such projects without privatising Sydney Water.

“We looked at the parliamentary budget costings yesterday, there is no money allocated for this project, not a cent,” he said.

The team then went onto Camden to visit local businesses and Schofields where more renting reforms were pledged.

A Labor government will provide an additional $1 million to tenancy advocacy services so renters have more support and review how the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) operates.

“NCAT is not working as well as it could be, particularly for renters and people with strata disputes,” shadow attorney-general Michael Daley said.

“It takes too long, it can be drawn out and expensive and people are ignoring its orders.

“We need to review NCAT to ensure it operates more fairly and efficiently and to change processes so that, for example, renters and owners have easier access to mediation and arbitration.”

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