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NSW Labor vow to fully fund public schools

NSW Labor leader Michael Daley at the party's election campaign launch in southwest Sydney, (AAP)

NSW Labor pledges $2.7 billion for public schools, while slamming the coalition's plan to rebuild two Sydney stadiums, at its official campaign launch.

NSW Opposition leader Michael Daley has used the launch of Labor's election campaign to announce a big ticket education promise - that all public schools will be completely funded if his party is elected on March 23.

The $2.7 billion pledge will deliver 100 per cent of the standard level of funding for every student by the end of the Gonski agreement in 2027.

At the official launch of the NSW election campaign at Revesby in Sydney's southwest on Sunday, Mr Daley vowed to make life easier for residents.

"The primary role of government is to put people first, to do public good - it's what makes me tick," he told the cheering crowd.

Mr Daley also promised to introduce nurse-to-patient ratios in mental health units in public hospitals across NSW.

Under the policy there will be one nurse to every four patients in mental health units during the day, one nurse to seven patients overnight and one-to-one and one-to-two care for acute mental health patients.

Labor will also focus on the regions with $1 billion to improve water supply and security including in the Darling River system which experienced mass fish deaths this summer.

Mr Daley slammed Premier Gladys Berejiklian's decision to demolish and rebuild two Sydney stadiums and the coalition's bungled WestConnex and light rail projects.

"Never before have we seen such a government with such arrogance and such a sense of entitlement," he said.

Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten said the March 23 election was a contest of values with Labor pledging to put people first.

He described Mr Daley as a "great bloke" who will always stand up for people.

"He is a man who loves his family and loves the community and genuinely cares about helping people," Mr Shorten said on Sunday.

The event kicked off with a live music performance by Mahalia Barnes - the daughter of Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes - taking aim at the coalition's attack on music festivals and venues.

The singer said she's seen the music scene "drastically change" in the past eight years and is now "crushed".

The launch was attended by former Labor foreign affairs minister Bob Carr who was NSW premier between 1995 and 2005 and the state's first female premier turned senator Kristina Keneally.

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