Brumby railroaded as Victoria turns into NSW
There’s a light at the end on John Brumby’s tunnel. And it ain’t no oncoming train because Melbourne’s train system is off the rails.
That’s one of the reasons the electors of Altona – one of the State’s safest ALP seats – gave the Brumby government as massive thumbs down in last Saturday’s by election by handing Ted Baillieu’s Liberals a whopping 12.3% swing.
While the ALP stalwarts were licking their wounds Brumby caused a huge groan to emerge by referring to the swing as “fantastic” – a mate of “The Punch” asked “what IS that guy on?” It has to be remembered that all Big Ted Baillieu needs to form a government is an overall swing of 6.5%.
Melbourne’s rail system is, to put it mildly, cactus, which is the reason the by election was held. Former Transport Minister Lynn Kosky suddenly needed to get out for “family reasons” – don’t they all when the chips are down? - after bungling not only the rail system but administering a multi million dollar ticketing system which just won’t work.
For the past few very hot summers the train lines have been buckling and busses have replaced the trains while workers hosed the rails and belted them back to shape; I kid you not – this is Melbourne not Baghdad.
Then came the fiasco of the brand new super trains - 38 of the monsters ordered from a French company who makes them in Poland and Italy and bills us $18.8 million for each of them.
On Monday excitement was at fever pitch – we were to see the first of them; the beginning of the end of the massive stuff up was near.
Ooops – didn’t happen. The train drivers put the kybosh on that one citing “unresolved safety issues”. There are three others getting “adjustments” made as well and another we hear is on the way as we speak.
But the fun’s not over yet – there’s the ongoing stouch concerning the brutalizing of Indian students studying here which Brumby seems to think is only a temporary aberration while Baillieu seems to have his fingers on the real pulse.
Baillieu says there’s been an increase in street violence since Labor came to power here ten years ago citing official figures to back up his claim. He realistically claims the attacks on the Indians are racially motivated which of course they are.
Sorry to say young bogans from the city’s West are having a rip roaring time at the expense of the mild mannered young students and its getting out of hand.
Victoria hasn’t quite descended to where New South Wales sits right now but let’s watch this space – could be interesting.
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