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Land Titles Registry sale a disaster for millions in NSW

Apr 12, 2017

PSA Media release:

The NSW Government decision to lease the 150 year old Land Titles Registry to Hastings Funds Management and First State Super is a recipe for disaster for millions of property owners across NSW said the Public Service Association (PSA).

“It is hands down, the most appalling fire sale decision yet by a Government with a strong track record in that area”, said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

“The Government trumpets its efforts on ‘life-changing projects’ but what could be more life changing for millions of people across NSW than to lose the security on their own property?

“Just as the PSA feared all along, ultimately the personal property records of the people in NSW will be held offshore given a portion of the successful consortium is based in London.”

Currently, the Government provides insurance and security of property titles. But now the Registry has been sold to a private operator, individual land owners may be forced to take out insurance to guard against unscrupulous property developers or fraud.

“These super companies will be out to turn a profit for their members,” Mr Little said.

“In recent times, Registry costs to the consumer have increased by 300%, just to fatten the company for sale and it will only get worse.

“How on earth can the Premier call this a win win situation?

“Selling a critical Government function that has such an enormous bearing on the economy and the lives of every land and property owner in NSW is nothing short of ideology gone mad.

“Academics, former senior staff, community groups, major newspapers, property developers and even prominent members of the Liberal Party have all joined the PSA in condemning the idea.”

NSW Government risks reputational stain over Land Titles Registry sale – Sydney Morning Herald editorial

Apr 6, 2017

Reputational damage to the NSW Government is the least of the concerns with the sell off of the Registry.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald editorial HERE.

Central Coast deserves better than 300 job cuts and slashed vital services says union

Apr 3, 2017

PSA Media release:

The NSW Government has slashed 300 public sector jobs on the Central Coast, with the privatisation of Disability Services and Out Of Home Care now also eating away at the community said the Public Service Association (PSA).

“This is a Government that just builds roads, not communities or a society,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

“The Central Coast is out of sight and out of mind as far as this Government is concerned with the highest rate of vulnerable children in Out Of Home Care of all FACS districts in the state.”

“The Government’s ongoing privatisation agenda is setting up the Central Coast to fail spectacularly.”

“If the Government really wants to make a difference to the lives of the people of NSW, it should urgently rethink the catastrophic plan to privatise the Land Titles Registry, a move condemned by everyone from academics to property developers and pull back from the forced transfer of state disability services.”

“The Government trumpets its efforts on ‘life-changing projects’ but what could be more life changing for millions of people across NSW than to lose the security on their property?

“What could be more life changing for tens of thousands of families than to have the care of loved ones with disability thrown into free fall after the Government completely steps away from that space?”

“NSW will be the only state in Australia with no Government safety net for people with disability.”

“On the Central Coast alone, that will impact on 2,735 clients.”

“This is a Government that washes its hands of all social responsibility whether it’s starving the world class TAFE system of funds while throwing millions at dodgy private providers or pushing vulnerable kids into a non-Government Out of Home Care system and then reading the horror stories in the media.”

The NSW Government employs almost 10% of all workers in the Central Coast and is by far the largest employer in the region.

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.
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