It took just over an hour for NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and Opposition Leader Chris Minns to battle through every political issue under the sun, and considering both leaders actually quite like each other, it was a remarkably policy-driven affair.
But that didn’t take away the fire from the Herald and Nine debate on Wednesday. Here are six key moments that defined the hour.
1. The messy eligibility criteria for the Future Fund
After announcing the landmark policy on Sunday, Perrottet was quizzed about exactly who was eligible for the Coalition’s Future Fund.
2. Do you accept responsibility for a NIMBY culture in Sydney?
2GB’s Chris O’Keefe asked the leaders whether they accepted at least some responsibility for cultivating a NIMBY culture in Sydney that curtails development and stops the building of more homes. “It’s a good question,” admitted Perrottet.
3. Minns refuses to guarantee better pay rise for public sector workers than offered by the Coalition
Minns has said he’ll scrap the public sector wages cap. But state political editor Alexandra Smith asked whether Minns can guarantee nurses and teachers will get a higher income under his government than the Liberals’ offer for a three per cent pay rise. He didn’t give a clear answer when pushed.
4. Gladys Berejiklian’s legacy
The former premier came up twice in the debate: first, when Perrottet was asked whether she or he was a better premier, and second, when they were quizzed over whether ICAC unfairly treated her. They both said it didn’t.
5. How is the economy really going?
You could be forgiven for thinking the two were speaking about different economies. Perrottet ran through his track record of economic management over the last few years, but Minns provided some alternative statistics.
6. Pub quiz: who is the Blues captain?
The leaders were well across their talking points, but what about more interesting things? Minns could name James Tedesco as the Blues captain – just – and both offered up their views on the best pies in the state. Turns out, they disagreed on more than just policy.
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