The Liberal-National Government has refused to support the development of a world-class cruise ship terminal in the Port of Newcastle by voting down a Parliamentary motion on Thursday morning.
Member for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp moved a motion calling on the Government to reverse its decision to withdraw the $12.7 million it committed to the cruise ship terminal in 2016 and deliver the world-class facility deserves.
Rather than back the cruise terminal, Government MPs voted against this motion seeing it narrowly defeated, 47-45, while continuing to boast about their own porkbarrelling in government electorates.
Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen used the debate to oppose the terminal and decry its benefits for the entire Hunter region while bragging about tens of millions of dollars of projects in his own electorate – mirroring the Government’s approach to splashing $55 million on cruise ship facilities in Eden, which is part of the Minister for Transport’s own electorate.
This attitude is typical of a Government who just last week fanfared that it wants to boost local manufacturing, while sending billions of dollars in manufacturing contracts overseas. This goes to show how the undercurrent of hypocrisy flows through every ministry and Liberal-National MP.
Quotes attributable to Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp
“This Government has once again revealed its hypocritical attitude towards regional New South Wales and how much it loves to do deals with its mates.
“This Government loves to talk up what they’re doing for regional New South Wales while decimating our manufacturing, making our container terminal illegally anti-competitive and now failing to deliver key infrastructure projects.
“We’ve got so much money going into other parts of New South Wales, but it’s one rule for Newcastle and the Hunter, one rule for the rest of the state.
“The New South Wales Government made a commitment to develop our cruise ship terminal three years ago – it’s time to deliver.”
“I remain committed to working with the Government, Port of Newcastle and all stakeholders to deliver this important infrastructure that will supercharge the local tourism sector and deliver jobs.
“Over the long term, this Government’s decision not to support the cruise terminal will have a devastating impact on Newcastle and the local tourism industry.