John Robertson revises Newcastle port deal cash comments: photos NSW Opposition leader John Robertson visited UGL at Broadmeadow on Friday. Pic: Ryan Osland
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NSW Opposition leader John Robertson visited UGL at Broadmeadow on Friday. Pic: Ryan Osland

NSW Opposition leader John Robertson visited UGL at Broadmeadow on Friday. Pic: Ryan Osland

NSW Opposition leader John Robertson visited UGL at Broadmeadow on Friday. Pic: Ryan Osland

NSW Opposition leader John Robertson visited UGL at Broadmeadow on Friday. Pic: Ryan Osland

NSW Opposition leader John Robertson visited UGL at Broadmeadow on Friday. Pic: Ryan Osland

Newcastle Labor candidate Tim Crakanthorp with NSW Opposition leader John Robertson at UGL in Broadmeadow on Friday. Pic: Ryan Osland

TweetFacebookJOHN Robertson says he wants to see more money from the port lease allocated to Newcastle, but has shied away from calling it an election commitment.

The state opposition leader yesterday moved to clarify comments reported in the Newcastle Herald on Wednesday, when he said he ‘‘wouldn’t speculate’’ on whether Labor would stick to the Liberal government’s commitment to spending $590 million from the $1.2 billionport lease if it was elected.

In his second visit to Newcastle in three days Mr Robertson said he wanted to make sure ‘‘not just the money that’s been promised by this government comes back to Newcastle and the Hunter, I want to see more of that money brought back’’.

‘‘Its been a dud deal for the Hunter, and every day this government continues in office more and more of that money is being spent on the north shore of Sydney, instead of Newcastle,’’ he said.

‘‘I want you to know that I want to bring more of that money back to the Hunter.’’

But Mr Robertson didn’t specify how much more money he wanted to see allocated, and when asked directly if increasing the Hunter’s allocation was an election commitment he repeated: ‘‘I’m saying, I want to bring more of that money back to Newcastle’’.

During his previous visit he stated that he wouldn’t ‘‘start throwing money around all over the place’’ until he had seen updated budget figures in December.

Mr Robertson was back in town with shadow transport minister Penny Sharpe to address a group of UGL workers about Labor’s policy to provide a 20 per cent preference for local tenderers in government purchasing decisions.