O’Farrell dismisses citizens’ jury after Greiner jumps gun
THE chairman of Infrastructure NSW, Nick Greiner, has been spruiking about a citizens’ jury to recommend which projects the government should build – without having the approval of his board.
Sandy Olsen, the spokeswoman for the board of Infrastructure NSW, said yesterday it ”has not discussed adopting the model of using citizens’ juries”.
The body ”continues to develop the foundation elements of the long-term strategy”, Ms Olsen said. ”As such, it is too early to propose a consultation model for board consideration including specific techniques.”
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The Premier, Barry O’Farrell, poured cold water over the citizens’ jury idea yesterday, saying it was the job of Infrastructure NSW to put a priority list together.
”I think Nick Greiner has had better ideas,” Mr O’Farrell said.
The story concludes with a comment from the Green Party MP:
The Greens MP John Kaye, who was at the [New Democracy Foundation]’s launch, said Mr Greiner had told the gathering the citizens’ jury findings would not be binding on Infrastructure NSW.
”A non-binding citizens’ jury is sham consultation,” Dr Kaye said.