Transport Minister Andrew Constance lied about the competition for the naming of a new Sydney ferry when he said the joke name Ferry McFerryface was the popular choice.
Nine News has revealed that environmental campaigner Ian Kiernan received the most votes and that the name McFerryface received just 182.
Nine also revealed through a Freedom of Information request that the competition to name the new ferry cost $100,000.
It also emerged today that Minister Constance received advice to avoid satirical names to mitigate “the risk of satirical naming campaigns” and avoid “the highly publicised mishaps in the naming of ships in other jurisdictions”.
But Minister Constance went ahead with the name anyway.
The revelations are another blow to Minister Constance and the Berejiklian Government coming after weeks of turmoil on the trains as a result of the new train timetable.
Shadow Transport Minister Jodi McKay said it was time for Mr Constance to stand aside as he had lost all credibility.
Labor has committed to scrap the name and replace it with a more appropriate one.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Transport Minister Jodi McKay
“We know Andrew Constance can’t run a train network but now it’s clear he can’t even run a competition to name a ferry.
“He flat out lied about the competition repeatedly saying Ferry McFerryface was the popular choice when he knew it was anything but.
“This bloke had the temerity to have a go at the union about how it balloted its members for a strike and yet he has been caught out rigging the ballot on naming a new ferry. It’s outrageous. He has to go.”