My motion should be accorded priority because the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure is incompetent and incapable. He misled the community about the Ferry McFerryface debacle and now he has fibbed to the inner west community about the privatisation of their buses. Last week I asked the Minister a very simple question: I asked whether the Government had made a decision about Transit Systems taking over the inner west bus service. The Minister said the contract had not been signed. We know that that deal had been done. We know that the deal with Transit Systems was the worst-kept secret in town.
We know that this Minister has disrespected my community and he has disrespected the thousands of bus drivers in New South Wales who expect so much more from their Minister. This Minister cannot be trusted. I have a letter dated 17 January. This Minister walked into the House today and said that this letter does not exist, that it was not sent to drivers. I will read an email from Transit Systems that confirms that the letter was in fact sent to drivers. Why would Transit Systems issue an apology if that letter did not exist? This Minister cannot be trusted: He delivered a disastrous and unworkable timetable, he privatised Newcastle buses, he oversaw a $600 million blowout in the South East Light Rail project, and he ordered trains that do not fit the tracks.
This Minister has disrespected business owners who have been impacted by the South East Light Rail project. He shows no respect for his workforce and he shows no respect whatsoever for the people of New South Wales. This Minister is belligerent, he is incompetent and he is utterly incapable of doing his job. He cannot even deliver a report on time—a report on the timetable disaster that is now some five weeks overdue. Today's announcement is a kick in the guts for my community. Twenty thousand people in my community signed a petition saying that they oppose the privatisation of inner west bus services. But because this Minister will not listen, he pursued his ideological agenda in his arrogant way and we now have a bus system that no-one wants.