The New South Wales election is weeks away and privatisation is a key issue of concern for voters. Liberal opposition leader Barry O'Farrell, the likely next premier, leads a team that openly talks about restructuring the ways in which public assets could be sold.

It's possible that O'Farrell will look to Western Australia for inspiration. But the Liberal government of Colin Barnett is facing public opposition to increasingly working with British multinational Serco in its plans to outsource key public services.