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Keep the Land Titles Registry in public hands

Mar 22, 2017

Everything you need to know about the importance of the Land Titling system and LPI and why it is vital the Titles Registry remains in public hands.

Join the rally on Tuesday, 28 March at 12 noon for a free BBQ outside the LPI building, opposite Queen’s Square in Sydney then at the top end of Martin Palace at 1 pm.

LPI Demonstration

Mar 21, 2017

LPI demonstration – 21 March 2017 (PDF Version)

The PSA will be holding a BBQ out the front of LPI Queen’s Square on  Tuesday 28 March 2017 from 12.00 noon to throw our support behind the 1pm demonstration organised by The Concerned Titles Group at the top of Martin Place (near Parliament House).

The call for the anti-LPI privatisation demonstration is being made on behalf of the following institutions:

  • The Concerned Titles Group
  • The Law Society of NSW
  • The Institution of Surveyors NSW
  • The Real Estate Institute of NSW

All LPI staff should take this opportunity to show their support to these groups at a critical time.

Remember, a good attendance at the demonstration is extremely important in advancing the campaign to let Premier Berejiklian know LPI is Not for Sale.

BBQ – From 12pm Tuesday 28 March, Queen’s Square

Help us stop the sale of LPI

Contact your local member to let them know your opposition to the sale of LPI. You can find their details HERE.

Contact the new Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello HERE.

Contact Deputy Premier and Leader of the Nationals John Barilaro HERE.

Call in to Ray Hadley and Alan Jones and discuss your opposition to the sale.

Follow and share info on our Facebook page HERE.

Flexible Working Hours training update

In order for members to fully understand their rights and entitlements, the PSA will be running two half-day courses on Achieving Workplace Flexibility at Queen’s Square (Rolleston Room) on Wednesday 29th March 2017. Please note the change of date from original notice.

This course will look at the benefits of workplace flexibility and what flexible work practices exist in the NSW public sector. It will examine what you can do to access and implement these flexible work practices, by providing negotiation and organising strategies.

To register for this course, please visit the following link HERE.

Registrations close at COB on Thursday 23 March.

Special Leave for Trade Union Training is available for members to attend this course.

 

Land and Property Information Premier attacks and insults LPI staff

Mar 10, 2017

Land and Property Information Premier attacks and insults LPI staff – March 2017 (PDF version)

The Premier’s performance on Ray Hadley’s 2GB Wednesday morning broadcast (8 March) highlights both her ignorance of the inner details of the proposed sell-off of Land and Property Information (LPI) as well as a patent disrespect she has towards LPI staff. The Premier is either deliberately misleading the NSW public or she has a staggering ignorance of the deal  she is signing off on.

Her claims were arrogant and misguided.

The Premier’s assertions that Titling and Registry (T&R) staff are merely back office admin staff is wrong in that it completely devalues and misrepresents the critical work all T&R staff perform in bringing massive annual profits to the state of NSW. And it is wrong in that it misrepresents the important work T&R staff perform in upholding the foundation of a world class titling system in LPI – the envy the world.

What’s more, her comments have created an atmosphere of acrimony among the staff throughout all Directorates, and disturbingly some staff are reporting they are now experiencing psychological distress as a result of the Premier’s wildly inaccurate and disrespectful comments.

For those of you who missed her comments on 2GB here they are: “The only bit we’re touching is the admin bit. The spatial bit, who are the smart people who do all the mapping in Bathurst, they’re not touched.” What is clearly implied here is that T&R staff are somehow of lesser value than those staff in other areas such as Spatial Services in Bathurst. It also demonstrates this Government does not recognise the important work performed at T&R, which includes mapping, drafting legal documents, ensuring accuracies of property boundaries and other fundamental tasks.

The Premier knows the Torrens Assurance Funds will not continue to be able to adequately cover title insurance – yet she doesn’t seem to have a problem making claims to the contrary. She also knows homeowners will be more likely to have to take out title insurance once titling and registry services is sold to a private operator. Yet that didn’t seem to stop her in making dishonest claims to the contrary on Hadley’s 2GB.

Regarding fees, the Government has already last year ramped up fees well above ordinary CPI increases to fatten up profits for the private buyer. And, as we all know, the private operator will immediately look to create new services for homeowners which aren’t subject to CPI price restrictions.

Help us stop the sale of LPI

  • Contact your local member to let them know your opposition to the sale of LPI. You can find their details HERE.
  • Contact the new Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello HERE.
  • Contact Deputy Premier and Leader of the Nationals John Barilaro HERE.
  • Call in to Ray Hadley and Alan Jones and discuss your opposition to the sale.
  • Follow and share info on our Facebook page HERE.

Berejiklian insults LPI workers

Mar 9, 2017

Premier Gladys Berejiklian dismisses the skills of LPI employees as she discusses the proposed lease of the land titling service with Ray Hadley.

Labor to oppose LPI

Mar 7, 2017

Labor is moving a Motion of Priority this afternoon to try and bring on debate on the Government’s plans to sell LPI.

The motion will take place at approximately 3:15pm and will be live-streamed HERE.

Hadley and Foley attack LPI sell-off

Mar 7, 2017

Hadley and Foley attack LPI sell-off – March 2017 (PDF version)

AM talkback radio stopped the greyhound ban. Can it help the PSA do the same and halt the absurd Land Titles sell-off?

On Sydney radio station 2GB, Opposition Leader Luke Foley talked to Ray Hadley about the risk to what he described as “the best system in the world”, the LPI Land Titles service.

The service, which is slated for privatisation by Premier Gladys Berejiklian, earned the state $130 million last year, while giving land owners throughout NSW piece of mind over the security of their titles.

Speaking to Hadley, the Opposition Leader described the proposed 35-lease as a “dash for cash” that makes little economic sense.

Hadley also warned home owners will be slugged for at least $4000 a year in title insurance, far more than under the present system.

The Labor Party leader also pointed there is not guarantee the 400 current government jobs in the office will remain in NSW, or even in Australia.

Foley praised the “detailed work” of expert LPI staff, warning that any privatisation will mean land owners no longer have guarantees the boundaries of their properties “are clear, beyond dispute and guaranteed by the State Government”.

“All that will be put to risk.”

You can listen to the entire interview HERE.

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