That this House censures the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure for:
(1)misleading the people of New South Wales and wasting $100,000 of taxpayer funds on a rigged ferry‑naming competition;
(2)failing to respect transport workers who are the lifeblood of the public transport system;
(3)imposing a shambolic and unworkable train timetable on Sydney;
(4)forcing a disastrous and unworkable bus timetable on the people of the Hunter region;
(5)spending billions of dollars on new intercity trains that are built overseas and do not even fit the tracks;
(6)breaking an election promise and privatising inner west bus services;
(7)ignoring the impact of construction of the CBD light rail on small businesses; and
(8)behaving with arrogance, belligerence and truculence and in a manner that does not befit a holder of ministerial office.
In the community, in pubs and on community sporting fields, everyone is talking about Andrew Constance. But they are not saying, "Gee, what a great transport Minister " or "Boy, keep him". They are saying, "Premier, you need to remove Andrew Constance as transport Minister." All members of this House know that the Minister cannot run a transport system. We now know that he cannot even run a ferry-naming competition. Members know that "Ferry McFerryface" was a captain's pick by the Minister. That means the public naming competition was in fact rigged. The Minister spent $100,000 on a competition and he had no intention of abiding by the result. He then lied to the community and blamed the children. What about that? Who in this House can honestly say—
Mr Andrew Constance: Point of order—
Ms JODI McKAY: You will get your chance.
Mr Andrew Constance: The member is using unparliamentary language and I ask that she be directed to withdraw the word "lied".
Ms JODI McKAY: I will not withdraw that word because that is exactly what he did. No-one in this place should be surprised about his arrogance and incompetence. They call him "Angry Andrew" and "Cranky Constance". The community knows that he is incompetent and incapable. Let us talk about the timetable and the hundreds of thousands of commuters who have experienced chaos and confusion because of his shambolic timetable. What is even worse is that when I asked a question about the 150 drivers required to deliver that timetable, the Minister refused to answer. He knew the timetable would not work because his own agency gave him that advice. He introduced it without the trains and the drivers required and despite knowing that it would not work. He did that because his ego gets in the way every time he makes a decision.
The Minister said the problem was the result of an act of God. Only God knows the truth because the Minister introduced a timetable that was not going to work. He was closely engaged in a ferry-naming competition but he distances himself from every other aspect of public transport delivery; he wants nothing to do with it. He is privatising the inner west bus network and he has already privatised the Hunter network. If the Opposition had been allowed a second speaker on this motion, the House would have heard about exactly what is happening in those areas. People are being disadvantaged and isolated and they are being treated unfairly. The Minister promised that inner west buses would not be privatised, but he is moving ahead with that process. Members need only look at the South East Light Rail project to see his arrogance on display. When the Minister was approached by a business owner at a media conference, he said to him, "I don't care. Go jump!" That is a demonstration of the scale of his arrogance and belligerence, and it is why he is incapable of being transport Minister and why he should resign.