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Iemma stares down backbench on power plan

Broadcast: 07/05/2008

Reporter: Tony Jones

New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma will be breathing a little easier tonight, after staring down
backbenchers from his own party over plans to privatise the state's electricity system.

Transcript

TONY JONES: The New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma will be breathing a little easier tonight,
after staring down backbenchers from his own party over

plans to privatise the state's electricity system.

Up to 28 Labor MPs oppose the planned sale, which flies in the face of official Labor Party policy
decided at the ALP State Conference on the weekend.

At a caucus meeting today, the issue didn't even make it to a vote.

MORRIS IEMMA, NEW SOUTH WALES PREMIER: There was nothing to vote on.

REPORTER: No motions put? Any move to rescind?

MORRIS IEMMA: No motions put, and nothing to vote on.

TONY JONES: Caucus had already voted twice for the, on which Mr Iemma has staked his leadership.