«The Premier made some errors last night as well … she introduced an inadvertent toll on the M4 [and] she couldn’t say what the standard of Gonski funding was.»
Mr Daley said the debate was «not a game show» nor a «test of memory» but rather a «contest of ideas and of vision».
«It’s not a ‘gotcha’ moment, you can ask any political leader a series of questions about costings until they get one wrong and they say ‘gotcha’,» he said.
At Allianz Stadium, Mr Daley pointed to the venue and then outward to the light rail construction zone nearby and said these were «the big gotcha moments».
«Why is this stadium going to cost $729 million when a new stadium at Parramatta was $360 million?» he said.
«The people of NSW have a choice … if they want to have a say, vote for me, if they want it to come down to the ground and have $730 million spent on it, vote for the Coalition.»
He defended his use of the words «their women» when talking about domestic violence policies during the debate, explaining he was speaking «strongly and forcefully to the men of NSW».
Later at the family-run Hiscoes Gym in Surry Hills, Mr Daley said a Labor government would create a $100 million fund to help residents and businesses along the light rail route who have suffered «damage, destruction and disruption» for three years.
The government already offers financial help, but Mr Daley said his government would do better and offer both a «rent relief» program and the fund.
Pressed for details, he said he would need to sit down with residents, businesses and councils to work out the rules. Businesses that have closed shop will not have access.
Susan Kingsmill, owner of Hiscoes on Devonshire St, said during the light rail construction her business lost $150,000 in revenue a year and 200 members, despite boosting marketing and lowering prices.
«Timeframes have blown out … people are too distressed, too overwhelmed,» she said. «The whole community loses when these people are crushed and disappear.»
But Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the government provided ongoing financial assistance, having handed out $26.2 million to 137 businesses.
«There is light at the end of the tunnel, with the project moving into the testing phase,» he said.
Esther Han is the state politics and health reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald