We have to decide if Scott Morrison is capable of understanding community needs and Menzies values. Or if he lacks empathy and intellectual insight such that his blunders and acts are somehow excusable.
- hurt children and families in firepaths, enslaved, neglected or worse
- rejected honouring the memory of Tim Fischer,
- taken a citizen’s right to live off his work away and to support his family,
- supported Party cretins who have left disarray in their wakes and continue to harm the economy and society, and
- now rewarded South Australian irrigators for their theft and spat in the face of NSW and Victorian farmers.
His Budget process is in disarray with excessive payments to consultants and waste in the cities – robbing regions and drought areas –
He says, bust congestion – but he pays Gladys to increase congestion. Does he even understand?
The journalist quoted below summarised his relationship with the Tourism Australian Board which was chaired by Tim Fischer:
“It was deemed to be better that someone replace Scott who actually worked co-operatively with the board and the minister.”
God knows, he keeps clapping and shouting while I’m trying to help communities quietly as do all volunteers.
Where is Josh Frydenberg? Mathias too. Christian “Balance” Porter who makes sense on TV but has been – apparently – silent on citizen rights.
Banker wanker types with no commitment to Menzies values. Snouts in the trough in Melbourne and Sydney.
Tim Wilson, civil libertarian, Greg Hunt – stunned silence with no idea what to do.
Media – wrap them in bubble gum and treat them as traitors, as Trump does. Get AFP to check their underwear drawers.
STEAL FROM ME, FROM CHILDREN IN PAIN, FROM FAMILIES IN FIREPATHS, FROM FORGOTTEN HEROES, FROM DROUGHT AFFLICTED FARMERS ….
HURT CITIES AND ROB REGIONS, STUFF MOOLAH DOWN THE THROATS OF CONSULTANTS AND BANKERS, ABUSE STRONG WOMEN ….
Consistent offers to settle since Dec ’15 (Baird & Berejiklian also) were ignored.
Since, I have pounded them about “killing children and harming families in firepaths”.
This deadly fire season has led me to publicly accuse PM Morrison, Treasurer Frydenberg and PM CoS Kunkel:
1. “Save Sydney” offers will expire imminently – the PM will address that or not, but if not, the opportunity will be lost. The value to the Morrison Government would be very substantial, while it is the only chance for the NSW Government to rescue its reputation.
2. My work has been high-value to the Governments since Askin and up to Carr – and now that my work has been ignored (at massive cost) and stolen (in monumental scale), I want to be paid what I’m worth. Baird’s deliberate ostracisation forced me out of my domicile in 2013.
Compensation is not negotiable.
3. The payment will be dispersed in line with my values:
b. Save the Children – a most significant amount
c. farm drought relief – a device not included – or even mentioned – in the current approaches
d. demonstration stormproof and fireproof houses – cheaper than conventional to build – in Queensland (2), NSW (3), Victoria (2), South Australia (2) and Tasmania (1 – they have 3 already) – an interest since my direct involvement in the great fires of 1979 (Wollondilly), 1994 (Sydney widespread) and 2013 (Blue Mountains)
e. “forgotten heroes” biographies through the JDF Society, in all States and Territories
f. the first pure solar train
4. I fiercely resent the political appointees who are making mistake after mistake to the disadvantage of Australia, and who are blocking my and others’ work for their own ego protection.
WHAT HE IS DENYING AUSTRALIANS EVEN THE CHANCE TO DISCUSS – LIKE TRUMP:
a. The CBD Traffic Oasis and circumferential by-pass route, Transit Boulevard, Goanna Transit Bridge, linking eastern and western transit systems, The Fireworks Tower as the new icon, 16,000 housing units, and NW and SE “expressnets” off the end of the Bridge. All per-reviewed at the highest levels. Initial value was $100 million on the Lord Rogers scale; but since, the Goanna is the only way of relieving the 20,000 (20%) extra vehicles to be dumped of WestConnex at Rozelle. The PM has no choice but to endorse this incredible piece of innovative thinking if he wants to keep his “sprawl-busting” credibility. IP value not less than $125 million on international scales.
b. Creative Reconstruction of NSW Local Governance was requested by Chris Hartcher but subverted by LG mayors and officials for their hedonistic and egotistical reasons. It would solve 100 years of LG angst and give the GSC a better model to be a true “Greater Sydney Council”.
c. Eddington Bedrock and Eastern Seabord Rail Development Plan being full of urban innovations (which Turnbull promised to generate and failed but punished me for mine!)
d. Various local solutions such as Bondi Beach Expressnet, SydUni/Redfern Expressnet, extension of the innerwest Light Rail in an innovative manner, and Katoomba Gateway are all potential local winners to a smart Government. The ReviveBlueMountains tourism methodology is regarded as a template for the revival of tourism destinations, it being the first true application of UK Best Value 360 degree assessments.
e. Support to Save the Children, Salvos’ Save Australian Children, families in bushfire paths, Men of League, young men with brain tumours in families, Forgotten Heroes, farmers in drought areas – as above ….
Do Morrison, McCormack, Tudge and others really want to reduce congestion”
It has been shown that Bairdijiklian projects tend to produce the opposite outcome to that intended. The Greiner/Eddington quotes show why and how.
- If the Morrison Government continues to endorse, without professional acumen, the West and St Marys Metros, the Redfern-Waterloo transit entanglements, the false “fast rail” maybes, and the Northern Beaches mega-deceit, Sydney will become an even more intensive “congestion farm”.
- 13 fast rail projects which are feeding consultants are a cynical betrayal of regions.
- $100 million to buddies to prepare a PR brochure in Western Sydney is their gravy train, how easy for them..
- Supporting Berejiklian in ruining our transit futures and burdening future generations is horses for the courses.
Age will not weary Tim, nor the years condemn, but the ones condemned are
those destroying Australia’s values.
Tim Fischer AC has been lauded as a thinker and doer, by PM Morrison and Deputy PM McCormack – but both distorted the legend in an apparent effort to downplay their comparative ineptitude. In particular, Tim was Chairman of Tourism Australia when Morrison had to depart there under a cloud of suspicion.
If PM Morrison is in trouble over Liu, add plagiarism, incompetence, misogyny, cronyism on a larcenous scale, and plain, ordinary ignorance of due diligence and proper management and political processes. “Honest John’s” manipulations of “Children Overboard”, Coalition of the Willing (with the deceitful Blair), and “Wheat for Weapons” (and kick-backs everywhere) challenge Arthur Sinodinos’ unquestioned-to-date right to take the left seat to Morrison in Washington, especially as he has white-washed unAustralian brutal unfairness.
Menzies would be spinning in his grave at the depths his Liberal Party and the Nats have sunk to. Now the ethical Governor of the Reserve Bank has been entangled in PM Morrison’s Trumpian games.
Tim Fischer had his contentious moments but I can tell you that he shared my contempt for the conduct of the current actors. The media have missed the essence of the great man. He was an historian in a world when to not understand history leads to repeating its mistakes. He was a practical innovator, addressing problems and articulating relevant reforms.
He was honourable in such matters, caring for communities and citizens, honest and never self-serving, and very privately critical of the people now in power for their arrogance. His precedents in this statesmanship, all Catholics, included the greatest statesman the city has produced, Sir Thomas Hughes, and its greatest transport minister, Peter Cox, who was a long-term Parliamentary friend of Tim.
The bottom line is, I’ve had enough wilful and malicious treatment, if the Government wants to fight on in their sinking ship, they will get what they asked for – their good names sullied in eternity.
Tim’s memory will live in glory.
Tim’s transport histories and love for Monash will survive him, but his character will fade if the current neglect and distortion are allowed to prevail.
I shared all those attributes with Tim except that vicious plagiarism and un-Australian unfairness have dragged me out of the bushes and turned me into a crusader for my citizen’s rights and the future of the Sydney and NSW I love.
Tim and I agreed about a positive agenda and how to achieve it, in this difficult political climate. I need Ministers and backbenchers to listen to our message, please. I trust you will read down to the box and scan the information notes that follow.
I’d known him for 39 years and rekindled the friendship when I moved to Victoria, with the help of Sussan Ley who gave me Tim’s email address.
Tim invited me to his launch of the Victorian regional rail plan, and I gave the author and him information on Computable General Equilibrium modelling based on my major work on the shovel-ready NW, SW and Parra/Epping Links, which Mr Hartcher and Ms Berejiklian loved.
From that point I shared drafts with Tim and he was impressed and supportive. He invited me to have coffee with him in Albury, between doctors’ appointments, in October 2018.
We covered a large range of topics and I was able to give him material for his Steam book’s next edition. I hope that Professor Rob Lee and I can finish that in his memory. Tim accepted a potential role in my Institute for Forgotten Heroes, of which he is now one (never to be forgotten but well deserving of praise and remembrance).
Tim was upset at the way I have been treated by both Federal and NSW Coalitions and by the Nationals leadership group. We agreed to a number of reforms to
Inland Rail: the feasibility and CSIRO reports did not include the largest potential flow, containers, $70 m in annual savings is about 1 month’s financial obligation
fast trains; Mandurah instead of CLARA which is impossible; or Albanese’s 80-year vision which is too late and too expensive
the metro and WestConnex entanglements (below)
the Goanna Transit Bridge (described by two former Mains Roads Commissioners as the best idea since 1945 or earlier), with Flexity Swiftas (credit to Professor Lee)
ports and freight, see bullets at bottom, and my
Bondi/UniSyd “expressnets” using PRT.
I have also developed traffic reduction schemes for Bowral and the Mornington Peninsula but MsP and mayors won’t talk to me.
Tim made comments about persons I will not repeat but the gist was as stated here.
There are crises in just about every stream of DIRD’s and NSW’s programs which are destroying current and future generations’ stakes in congestion, living affordability, air and general environmental quality, equity in taxation and services across regions, the economic viability of freight and port systems and their communities, and demographics, and better managing immigration and natural population growth.
I seem to have the Federal and NSW Governments panicking about major project topics as well as the look of deliberately preventing my donations to Save the Children and Salvos, bushfire risk housing, Men of League and the Mark Hughes Foundation (Beanies for Brain Cancer), the Tim Fischer special train to aid regional revival, and the institute mentioned later.
It was I who pressured the $4 billion from the Snowy sale after publicising the $4 billion regional shortfall from Restart/Rebuild. It is I who predict the Metro tunnels will have to be re-bored and that the Chinese will lose their shirts over Newcastle and the Metros, because of Berejiklian’s incompetence.
It has now been 11 years since the first plagiarism, by Mike Baird, and a week since the last by PM Morrison, and I’m at the point of launching an international campaign to reverse Bairdijiklian blunders, including the context of PMs Turnbull and Morrison’s gifting and political appointments etcetera; and the barbaric unfairness and plagiarism started by Baird and continued by Federal and NSW ministers and agencies. All relevant matters are on my websites except the world keeps changing, as I explain below.
Then Tim invited me to the opening of his Gallery in Lockhart where he prodded the Deputy PM to talk to me. Michael and I had a chat, I emphasised my intent to fix Inland Rail, the ports and Sydney, and told him of my hardship.
He promised three times that he would talk to me, but nada. (I wish Michael had appointed an expert/ economist problem-solver as his Chief of Staff instead of a spin doctor.)
McCormack’s “promise” WAS 190 DAYS AGO AS AT BLACK FRIDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER 2019.
Senator Sinodinos gave me a phone appointment, listened, but then ignored me. I was hoping he was a profound thinker and doer.
Some elements will surprise (such as the PMs’ conduct) and even offend (hard truths), but bear with me, you’ll see why, plus:
Peter Costello’s righteous anger at Fed/NSW debt-funding, with Perrottet’s debt lake exhausted in about 5 years
Rising cost of WestConnex as design faults become obvious. It is not on budget
Realisation of serious distortions within Sydney and between Sydney and regions, producing economic damage, and increasing congestion & affordability problems – Hong Kong being subsidised to the hilt, by us
Decline of “Menzies” governance and ethical standards in the context the smashing of BOF’s promises to engage communities and implementing Labor’s forced densification and enforced CSG access. We’re halfway to being a Central European state-controlled economy
Damage to relations with China through inept and deceitful management of ports and metros they have invested in under their “Belt and Road” strategy. A growing personal relationship between US and Australian leaders has to make China more sensitive about the South China Sea and trading terms. Both blocked Huawei from 5G networks. The Hong Kong and foreign student fees issues are on the boil.
The Rozelle interchange is the most technically complex part to build of the $16.8 billion WestConnex toll road because it will comprise three levels of tunnels and scores of entrances and exits, including a link to the proposed $14 billion
Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link” (SMH Dec ’18).
That Link was the product of poor design of WestConnex. Like the Metros, too much is funnelled through a choke point instead of laid-out in a matrix as in Zurich and elsewhere – that must be corrected before further permanent damage is caused.
The fact is, WestConnex is like the Metros, over-focussed on the redundant centre and failing to even consider Christie’s, Greiner’s, Messiter’s and my more effective “local solutions to local problems”.
Plagiarism is depriving me of my rights as a citizen, and as our “leaders” won’t talk to me, I’ll exercise political and moral suasion on a global scale. It is denying the Australian community the chance to consider how to better govern our great country.
And that story rolls out all over NSW. 85 per cent of the budget will serve less than 5 per cent of population growth, but help Hong Kong investors. NSW has to debt-fund massive promises while ignoring more effective options, increasing debt by 774 per cent over the next four years, wasting $40 billion or so. Official projections say the debt burden will equal 20 per cent of tax revenue, or the equivalent of the entire Education budget, by 2056, if this continues – the psychotic pursuit of the biggest, the riskiest and the less effective projects will produce that.
The Governor of the Reserve Bank was over-optimistic about the Fed “$100 billion over 10 years” as that is $50 billion short or rising to $300 billion if promises are to be kept. The 13 high speed train proposals given consultancy money are smokescreens to hide RG’s widely-publicised Mandurah scheme for sooner, cheaper and more flexible services that would enhance existing towns, which the CLARA con (waste of $8 million) would damage.
PM Morrison abandoned “stimulus” as I pinged him over the $100 billion masquerade – the product of incompetent officials and pollies
“Jobs jobs jobs” was a mantra under the Turnbull Government which was betrayed in important respects, such as the regional impacts of ports and freight, and regional tourism targets. That will be explained a little later.
On 13 October 2019, national Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, was reported in “Metros on fast track in Federal cash boost”, by Shane Wright and Lisa Visentin in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, as having said at a meeting of Treasurers, the following phases and others:
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg urged his counterparts to nominate infrastructure projects that could be fast tracked with federal assistance to deliver a much-needed boost to the economy.
Topping NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet’s list is the new Sydney Metro West, with construction expected to begin next year on the $20 billion-plus metro train line from central Sydney to Parramatta.
The state government has promised to complete the line by 2028, but to date has only locked in $6.4 billion in funding over the next four years. Mr Perrottet also nominated the proposed metro between St Mary’s and the new Western Sydney Airport, which the NSW and Federal governments have vowed to deliver by the time the airport opens in 2026.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison wrote to the states in late August asking for a list of potential projects that could be brought forward.
Mr Frydenberg said while there were capacity constraints on major projects, particularly in NSW and Victoria, the federal government would look at which proposals could get under way in the near future.
Senior bureaucrats at state and federal levels will work together to identify possible problems, such as shortages of skilled workers or equipment, that need to be resolved before projects can get the green light.
“We are prepared to consider on a case-by-case basis states putting forward projects that can be brought forward, recognising the importance of continuing that infrastructure rollout,” Mr Frydenberg said.
The SMH had previously glossed-over the realities of the NW Metro, over a year and more, their “astonishing 1.5 million travellers in the first two weeks” after opening being in contrast to its break-even patronage being that level every day. The other metros have no due-diligence legitimacy which they refuse to acknowledge.
The previous Labor Treasurer, Michael Costa, acted responsibly to expose
the economic damage associated with the NW Metro – which Berejiklian re-created through deceit
; this being the opposite of Perrottet’s cavalier disregard for prudential wisdom.
To explain, the immediately obvious defects in Frydenberg’s set-up were sent to him and 16 other Coalition heavies, as being:
- Cheaper, sooner, less risky and more effective options – from NICK GREINER (with more expertise in my little toe than in said “senior officials” – including proven blunderers)
Berejiklian has hit the wall*
Morrison is killing ports and freight, in his own electorate
, in the Hunter and Illawarra, and at the Aerotropolis
and Inland Rail = economics and engineering are gonesky
iA is rissoled, Eddo and Menzies forgotten, recent promises broken as per usual
Baird model is broken, NW has already doubled the rail annual subsidy, more metros will quadruple it +++
The fundamental structure is incompetent: massive cost, halved capacity, future generations faced with catastrophe, Perrottet labelled a FOOL forever.
The backstory, or grounds for pessimism, included, in recent times,
Political appointees who appear to cement-in blunders that their masters made – see below
MYEFO in December 2018 where Frydenberg and Gaetgens blocked, on first contact, this analyst’s email address such was their determination to dig-in the Turnbull/ Morrison/Kennedy Sydney citicide, eliminating “budget repair”
Dr Philip Lowe from the Reserve Bank of Australia appearing with Frydenberg on national television as validating, after his review, the Government’s $100 billion, 10-year pipeline mirage, after Dr Lowe had ignored the substantive case for about 4 years as he made speeches
NSW’s reaction to exposure of the “debt lake” and $100 billion mirage being to get the Western Sydney metro mafia, which include some of the people who initiated Labor’s stench, to call on the Feds to fund the West Metro – the PM’s and Frydenberg’s moves to be assessed as a covert agreement, possibly based on Hong Kong uneconomic mantras, reversing then PM Turnbull’s reaction to Perrottet’s same suggestion in 2016 – “we are not an ATM”.
The Australian system does not have “confirmation hearings” for such political appointees. If it did, the following would have emerged:
Gaetgens from Baird/Berejiklian and then Morrison, being coterminous with critically-flawed decisions and changes to protocols from 2012. Previously, he had supported Treasurer Peter Costello with the Charter of Budget Honesty which underpins the Mid-Year Economic and Financial Outcomes report. (That contains retrospective authorisation of otherwise political project commitments.)
Kennedy from Turnbull’s PMO, with Angus Taylor and Lucy Turnbull from the Greater Sydney Commission, principal architect of the disastrously non-consultative and outcome-denying Western Sydney City Deal
Frydenberg’s statement continued the loss of professionalism
(damaging intergenerational equity) that was initiated by Labor in NSW but refined and extended by the Coalition from 2010 in NSW and 2015 nationally, how else could “waste” have reached $40,000,000,000 already.
Add to waste the lost opportunities which are described at “The Value Proposition”
and elsewhere on the three websites.
Finally, there have been learned opinions going back to 2001 and the only metro-inclusive master plan – that was ditched by Labor’s metromaniacs. Critics of Labor are now boosters of Berejiklian’s parallel dud results. It is time to pause, and to heed these three opinions which resonate with truth:
If you want anyone to change, you have to persuade them they have a problem. Then you have to explain the solution.
Malcolm Turnbull July 2014
Do you think that works with Gladys Berejiklian? Peter Collins asked me how I found her on meeting her in her office. I truthfully replied, like a brick wall. And that was spot on.
In 2009 the Property Council was faced with a less challenging CBD Metro and it called for a pause when that metro’s stand-alone status became untenable. What the PCA said then is even truer now:
NSW has stumbled along for years without a comprehensive transport plan for Sydney. NSW has planned project by project with no big picture to set priorities and look at overall system management. It’s time to bite the bullet, admit past mistakes and develop an integrated long term transport plan for Sydney.
The Planning Institute (2009) concurred:
Ad hoc, project-by-project decision-making does not constitute planning, and could pre-empt the best transport solution. Decisions significantly affecting the development of Sydney, such as on the Metro projects, cannot be made without an overall long-term metropolitan plan. Sydney is too important.
IT CAME APART ON THE 16TH OCTOBER 2019 WHEN PM MORRISON REBUFFED TREASURER FRYDENBERG, THE BUSINESS LOBBIES, THE GOVERNOR OF THE RESERVE BANK, AND ETHICAL PRACTICES (PLAGIARISM AGAIN)
The in-built waste in two recent Federal and NSW Budgets exceeds $19 billion, enough to fuel regional rail revival.
See Jane Cadzow and Sean Kelly, and note that Tim chaired the Board who were dudded:
News stories blamed his early exit on a falling-out with Fran Bailey, Tourism minister in the Howard government. “I think now is probably quite a good time to say it was not a personal clash between Scott and me,” says Bailey, who has since retired from politics. By her account, Morrison lost the confidence of the statutory authority’s nine-member board. “They were unanimous in thinking they needed someone else to fill that role,” she says. “It was deemed to be better that someone replace Scott who actually worked co-operatively with the board and the minister.”
Some attribute Morrison’s new steely persona to a desire to advance his career, bleeding-heart moderates being little in demand in Tony Abbott’s inner circle. “I think there are different parts to Scott,” says a senior Liberal. “One is a genuine, nice guy, a good family man with good instincts. And then there’s another part, which is pure ambition.”
He has the chipper air of a man on a mission, the clear eyes and smooth visage of one who sleeps soundly at night. “What you have to do in this portfolio is just be very comfortable in your own skin about the decisions you’re taking and why you are taking them,” he says. “And I am.”
Morrison’s critics say no one has done more to harden Australian hearts to the plight of people who risk their lives trying to reach these shores in leaky, overcrowded boats. The Sydney Morning Herald political editor Peter Hartcher has called him “the greatest grub in the federal parliament”, accusing him of scoring political points by deliberately inflaming racism and resentment. A former Liberal leader, John Hewson, has described some of his remarks about asylum seekers as “insensitive, lacking appropriate compassion, even inhumane”
A devout Christian who worships at Shirelive, an American-style Pentecostal church in his constituency, he doesn’t claim that his religion makes him a better politician – only that it inspires him to be a good person. “From my faith, I derive the values of loving kindness, justice and righteousness,” he said in his first speech in the House of Representatives in 2008.
Queensland infectious-diseases physician Trent Yarwood responded with an open letter accusing Morrison of stoking anxieties about asylum seekers. Yarwood said the shadow minister had vastly exaggerated the risk of transmission of the diseases, most of which were endemic in Australia anyway. “It was a crass piece of political opportunism,” the doctor wrote. Morrison says he wasn’t caremongering. “I simply said that people turned up who had these conditions,” he protests. “I made no statement about the broader impact or risk.” On this occasion, his memory is faulty: he in fact warned explicitly of the possibility of “an outbreak on Christmas Island or the transfer of these diseases to the mainland”. But, in any case, he argues that he was merely acknowledging a reality. “I mean, let’s have all the facts on the table.”
… as a father himself, he will never understand how people can take children on such perilous voyages. “I’m not judging,” he says. “I just don’t understand.”
One afternoon, I ask Morrison if he prays for asylum seekers. “Of course I do,” he says. “I think that’s part of any Christian’s practice.” A pause. “I’m not saying I do it every day. I’m not saying I do it every month.” But occasionally, yes, he includes them in his prayers.