Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward, has failed in two Parliamentary Question Times this week to ask the Minister for Transport, Gladys Berijikilian, a single question on her failure to provide extra train carriages on the 4.24pm Central to Kiama service, Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson said today.
“Since he made his big speech in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday attacking his own Government for failing to provide additional train carriages on the 4.24pm Central to Kiama services, he failed to confront the Minister for Transport in two Question Time periods.
“Gareth Ward likes to present himself as the man who speaks truth to power.
“He had an opportunity twice this week to ask his Minister a question on the extra train carriages over the last 48 hours and he, as usual, squibbed it.
“Mr Ward talks a big game, but runs a mile when he needs to confront the Minister responsible for over-crowded trains from Central to Kiama.
“It’s very clear by Mr Ward’s own comments this week that this Government is run by its departments.
“It should be the other way around.
“I challenge Mr Ward to actually stand up to the Minister for Transport at the next Question Time of the Legislative Assembly and ask the Minister a question on why she has failed to provide extra train carriages for Illawarra and South Coast commuters.
“If he resists or fails to do so, we can all conclude what many in the Illawarra already know: Gareth Ward talks the talk but never walks the walk”, Ms Watson said.
23 October 2014