Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has been accused of being a haughty, high-brow, uppity, snob following comments published in the Kiama Independent online this afternoon.
In reference to the submissions made by Kiama residents opposed to the Government’s plans to force a local government merger, Mr Ward is quoted as saying:
When you look at the quality of the submissions, the articulate statements at the public hearing and feedback that was received was very powerful (emphasis added).
Mr Ward must be implying that because a merger between Shellharbour and Wollongong local government areas is still on the cards residents in these two local government areas did not put forward “quality” submissions and were not as “articulate” at public hearings.
This is an extraordinary implication for Mr Ward to suggest in public comments.
Mr Ward must clarify his public comments published in the Kiama Independent and issue an immediate apology for his smear of all those residents who made submissions and spoke at the public hearings opposing the forced merger of Shellharbour and Wollongong local government areas.
Comments attributable to Anna Watson MP:
“The true haughty, high-brow, uppity snobbery of Gareth Ward towards the people of Shellharbour and Wollongong has been revealed by his public comments published in the Kiama Independent this afternoon.
“His public comments are a direct smear and insult to the people of Shellharbour and Wollongong local government areas.
“Mr Ward clearly considers that the people in his electorate are smarter than the rest of the Illawarra.
“There can be no other implication for his public comments than the suggestion that submissions from residents living in Kiama were of higher “quality” and more “articulate” than the rest of the Illawarra opposed to his Government’s forced merger plans.
“Mr Ward should know that in the Illawarra, we don’t take too kindly to haughty, high-browed, uppity snobs!
“Gareth Ward should clarify his snobbish public comments immediately.”
19 May 2016