Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson has labelled Gareth Ward MP the ‘Parliamentary Sook for the Illawarra’ after he moved a moved a motion in State Parliament today claiming she had misled the Illawarra about the budget.

“I clearly said in my press release in reaction to the budget yesterday that:

  1. There was no funding roadmap for the construction of the Albion Park Rail Bypass;
  2. There was no funding roadmap for the upgrade to Shellharbour Hospital;
  3. That the Government has been planning these two projects for the last 5 years, and that’s all its “promising to keep doing over the next 12 months.”

“This is hardly telling a lie or being deceptive.  It’s a fact.

“Mr Ward can’t seem to understand that my constituents don’t give a tinker’s toss about his self-congratulating spin.

“All they care about is when construction for these two projects starts and finishes.

“I have repeatedly asked the Government to provide clear dates.  No-one seems keen to answer that simple question.

“Mr Ward can’t seem to get it right either.

“On the 14 May in a speech in Parliament he said the bypass would start in 2019, yet in the Illawarra media he said it would be 2018.

“I also notice that even Mr Ward didn’t mention the planning money for the bypass in his own press release on the budget yesterday.

“Mr Ward is a sook who can’t cope with any criticism at all.  He can dish it out but he can’t cop it.

“He bagged Labor in 2011 for undertaking required planning processes for the construction of every road he now takes credit for in his electorate.

“Mr Ward has ridden on the coattails of the hard work of Matt Brown for every road project he brags about.

“It seems that when the Liberals do planning work that’s all dandy, but when it occurs under Labor it’s an outrage.

“He now wants rose petals to be strewn in his wake for allocating a piddle of money to planning the bypass.

“Mr Ward has one standard for himself and another standard for everyone else.

“I’ll be more than happy to debate this silly tin-pot motion by the Parliamentary Sook for the Illawarra when it eventually comes up for debate.

“We might even have an actually start and finish date for these two projects by then.”

24 June 2015