Sitting in the aisle of the pirate bus opposite Taylor is an independent candidate for Willoughby, Larissa Penn, who says fixing the bus services is a high priority in her campaign.

“[Privatisation] has been an experiment and that experiment has failed, so that means we need to return it to public hands,” she says.

“There needs to be a review of all of the transport services that will connect with the new Metro, and we need to be providing more bus services based on population growth.”

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