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SpeakersSpeaker; O'Farrell Mr Barry; Rees Mr Nathan
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Mr BARRY O'FARRELL: My question is directed to the Premier. Given the Premier agrees that the community believes him to lead a discredited government, and his assessment of his own performance is disappointing, how can he justify denying the people of New South Wales the early election they want and deserve?

The SPEAKER: Order! If members interject I will not hesitate to call them to order.

Mr NATHAN REES: "Liberals need to stand for more than opportunism and stunts"—they are the words of the member for Vaucluse in a speech reported in the Australian on 23 July.

The SPEAKER: Order! I call the Leader of The Nationals to order.

Mr NATHAN REES: One of the Coalition's most recent stunts has come to my attention. I have in my hand the nonsense that was perpetrated on the public of New South Wales today. The first claim—

The SPEAKER: Order! I call the member for Terrigal to order.

Mr NATHAN REES: I remind members that when the Opposition claims something, it is generally wrong. That is a salient point. This note, which has been perpetrated on the people of New South Wales, says that trains are still late.

The SPEAKER: Order! Members will cease interjecting.

Mr NATHAN REES: Members opposite do not like this, do they? On-time running is at 95.4 per cent.

The SPEAKER: Order! I call the member for Clarence to order.

Mr NATHAN REES: The highest it has been since the year 2000.

The SPEAKER: Order! I call the member for South Coast to order.

Mr NATHAN REES: The most recent material to hand, for the Tuesday 1 September afternoon peak, shows 100 per cent on-time running.

The SPEAKER: Order! I call the Minister for Transport to order.

Mr Barry O'Farrell: Like he has 100 per cent support—

The SPEAKER: Order! I call the Leader of the Opposition to order.

Mr NATHAN REES: We will come to the level of support for the Leader of the Opposition shortly—he is literally scared of his own shadow! This morning, 2 September, the morning peak had 98.8 per cent on-time running. RailCorp advises that 100 per cent of services ran on time in yesterday's afternoon peak. That is an extraordinary delivery and it is sustainable because of the billions of dollars we have put into the Clearways program. The first claim is utterly false.

The SPEAKER: Order! I call the member for Murray-Darling to order.

Mr NATHAN REES: The second claim in the note is, "Hospitals still in crisis." Here are the facts: According to the State of our Public Hospitals report, published by the Australian Government this year, New South Wales has the shortest average waiting times for emergency department patients of any State or Territory in Australia. The Commonwealth Government has independently measured those waiting times. The Opposition is wrong again. Again in the State of our Public Hospitals report, dated June 2009 and published by the Australian Government, New South Wales has the highest percentage of elective surgery patients seen within the recommended time of any State or Territory in Australia. Emergency department performance is the best in Australia and elective surgery performance is the best in Australia.

The SPEAKER: Order! I call the member for North Shore to order.

Mr NATHAN REES: The Opposition's second claim is demonstrably false.

The SPEAKER: Order! The member for North Shore will come to order.

Mr NATHAN REES: The third claim is, "More people out of work." The unemployment rate in New South Wales has fallen for two consecutive quarters to 6.1 per cent—160,000 jobs each year for the next four years, supported under our $62.9 billion infrastructure program. Since September last year the Government has approved more than 400 major projects generating $17 billion worth of investment and supporting nearly 60,000 jobs. Therefore, the third claim is demonstrably false and misleading. The fourth claim is, "Traffic congestion getting worse." Average speeds across all of the seven major routes to and from the Sydney central business district in 2008-09 were one kilometre per hour faster than the previous year in the morning peak and stable for the evening peak. That claim is demonstrably false. The Opposition does not like this because it is factual. The fifth claim is, "Fewer cops on the beat." The authorised strength of the New South Wales Police Force is now 15,306 police officers.

The SPEAKER: Order! Members will cease interjecting.

Mr NATHAN REES: That is an increase of 18 per cent since 1995, contributing to crime falling or being stable in 16 out of 17 categories in New South Wales. Every single claim in this bit of nonsense is demonstrably false, not according to our own data but according to the independent measurers of government service delivery. It is all on the back page of the note. At the bottom it says, "Printed and authorised by Mark Neeham, Level 9, 140 William Street, Easy Sydney." That shows the Coalition's lack of attention to detail—"Easy Sydney". It should say East Sydney. Lack of attention to detail gives away the laziness—

The SPEAKER: Order! Members will cease interjecting.

Mr NATHAN REES: I refer to the laziness, the arrogance and the lack of attention to detail. The Opposition has every single assertion wrong—

The SPEAKER: Order! I call the Leader of the Opposition to order for the second time.

Mr NATHAN REES: It cannot even get its address right. There is more good news on the New South Wales economy today, but I will no doubt come to that shortly.