CONSTANCE CAN’T TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORT
February 13, 2018
Embattled Transport Minister Andrew Constance’s integrity and honesty have yet again come under scrutiny after the Labor Opposition forced him to explain why he kept the bus privatisation decision a secret from the public.
Last week in Question Time in answer to a question about whether the State Government had made a decision that Transit Systems would take over inner western Sydney buses, the Minister replied that no contract had been signed.
Today, it was revealed in a letter from Transit Systems that the company knew as early as January 17 that it had won the contract.
Labor has steadfastly opposed the privatisation of Region Six buses.
Mr Constance has trouble telling the truth. Even today in the NSW Parliament rather than confess he had hidden the truth; he accused the Opposition of misleading the House, despite the fact that Transit Systems has acknowledged the existence of the letter.
Mr Constance was also asked by NSW Labor what had happened to the review he promised into the Sydney trains debacle earlier in the year. On January 10th he promised the review by senior transport bureaucrats would be delivered by January 24th. It is now three weeks overdue and its recommendations are nowhere to be seen.
And then there is the Ferry McFerryface farce. Mr Constance said the naming of the ferry was the result of a public vote when, in fact, he came up with the ridiculous name himself.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Transport Minister Jodi McKay
“Why can’t Andrew Constance for once just tell the truth to the NSW Parliament?
“He fibbed about the Ferry McFerryface ballot, he has hidden the truth about bus privatisation and now he is sitting on a report into the Sydney trains meltdown.
“How can the travelling public ever expect the truth about transport from their Transport Minister?
“Andrew Constance’s only agenda when it comes to transport is to transfer ownership from public hands to the private sector.”