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Bob Carr hits back at slur from Gladys Berejiklian

Former NSW premier Bob Carr has hit back after Gladys Berejiklian attacked his infrastructure legacy.

In an interview with Steve Price on Thursday, the current premier didn’t hold back when asked about Mr Carr’s comments on her government’s current building spree.

“Can I say with all due respect, Mr Carr, whilst he was premier, didn’t build very much,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“So his experience with infrastructure is somewhat limited.

“But I wouldn’t be taking advice from Bob Carr, put it that way.”

Click PLAY below to hear Premier Berejiklian’s original comments (4m 29s)

Mr Carr joined Steve Price for a right of reply this morning, taking the opportunity to spruik his legacy.

The Labor icon believes the government’s huge infrastructure program comes off the back of his well-publicised ideology that “Sydney is full”.

“It’s nice to have the premier say, six months ago, that she now accepts the Carr interpretation.

“But I was saying it many years ago and I just wish people on my side of politics and on the Coalition side of politics had listened to what I said then.

“I was the first politician to lay it down.”

Mr Carr is calling for a change to the way population policy is run between state and federal governments.

“We need a population policy that says when the federal government lifts the immigration intake above a certain level, it will accept responsibility for funding… additional infrastructure.”

Click PLAY below to hear the full interview

He also commented on the Electrical Trades Union fear-mongering against nuclear energy in Australia.

Mr Carr says there is no basis to outdated safety and environmental concerns.

“Internationally, people talk about this Australian phobia, our deep suspicion of nuclear power.

“I think we’ve got to be more open-minded but my open-mindedness now runs up against the cost of nuclear power.”

 

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