The First Cut Is The Deepest

You won’t hear me saying this very often, so take note. I wanted to send big congratulations to Barry O’Farrell, and his team of apprentice ministers.

Barry and his government, need to be recognised for their great achievement. It has taken them only 2 short years to achieve what it took the Labor Party 13 years to achieve., The achievement, 2 budget deficits. One for each year we have been forced to put up with the government of broken promises and political spin beyond belief.

That’s right, Barry’s promised surplus has turned into a whopping big deficit, and it seems that no matter what the Coalition sell off, and no matter how many people they sack, they are still unable to balance the books.

Barry’s broken promises are legend now in NSW, it has been hard to keep up with them all, however below is a link to 100 of them after Barry’s first year in the Premiers role.

100 Broken Barry O’Farrell Promises

You would think that 100 broken promises and lies in a year would be enough, that is more than 1 every 4 days. But Barry has to keep pace with his first year it seems, below are some of his latest lies that he has sold to the people of NSW.

“We will need more public servants, not less.” – Fate of our State debate, February 24 2011

“I can’t envision a situation where we would have more [speed cameras].” – ABC News, 7 April 2011.

“There will not be a decision to turn our national parks into hunting reserves.” – Sydney Morning Herald, 13 April 2011

”We have absolutely no plans to privatise either the generators or the poles and wires.” Lithgow Mercury, 28 January 2011

“We have no intention of doing deals with the minor parties.” – Sydney Morning Herald, 13 April 2011

I wonder when the National Party will wake up and smell the coffee and abandon their coalition with this extremist right-wing party. A party that seem to have stolen the Liberal Party branding from back when the Liberal’s had a sense of decency.

This is the party that has decided to continue to punish farmers, and those who live in rural communities.

The Liberal Party is the Party that supports the big miners who want to come in and drill for coal seam gas on their property. The party that refuses to support the NBN, and will likely stop rural communities having access to it if they win the next election. The Party that always support the big end of town, no matter the cost to those in the bush.

Why would a political party, like the Nationals, side with a party that seems intent on declaring war on those it claims to represent.

Barry O’Farrell, and NSW Treasurer Mike Baird have stated that they are delivering a budget that is “responsible”. I agree totally.

Responsible for the sale of our power generators

Responsible for 10,000 people losing their jobs (plus 5,000 from last year)

Responsible for a backroom deal so that amateurs can shoot up the local National Park while you picnic there with your family (a policy that caused deaths in New Zealand)

Responsible for prices soaring as the cost of power skyrockets (at least 18% from Barry’s previous budget price hike starting July 1)

Responsible for cut-backs at our local schools and hospitals

Responsible for making Sydney the most expensive place in Australia to live.

Still to come, are rumoured hikes in the road tolls, with the M2 already confirmed to skyrocket, and rumours of the sale of the Government bus service.

If Barry could find a way to get 5 quid for your soul, it would be gone by now…

Gone, just like your workers compensation scheme, the worse you are injured. The less you are compensated. Liberal logic at it’s best.

The NSW Coalition set up shop?

Still, we need to spend the money on another level of bureaucracy like Infrastructure NSW , states Barry. Indeed, why not? We clearly have a heap to spend.

Infrastructure NSW, may be expensive, and another layer of beaurocracy to cause delays, but at least they are independent and know what they are doing.

Run by a former Liberal Premier, Nick Greiner, it must have made Barry feel good to help out an old mate with a good government paycheck.

However, it wasn’t all back slapping and secret handshakes, at least Nick knew his stuff… After all, Nick was the man responsible for the state’s biggest infrastructure failure, the Airport Rail Link, which went into liquidation not long after opening. The state has its fingers crossed that he has learnt from this colossal and hugely expensive mistake. Maybe we should cross our toes also.

Also in the budget, is Mike Baird’s promise that he still has $1Billion worth of cuts still coming. But in the interests of full transparency he won’t tell us where these cuts are going to be. What arrogance, and what a disgusting display of total disregard for the people of NSW.

Please stop asking Mike about that $1Billion

This budget that is being handed down by the NSW Coalition should serve as a stark reminder of what we can expect under a Coalition government at any level.

Barry O’Farrell, and Mike Baird may consider this the budget that the state deserves, I am of the opinions we deserve better. Far better.

If Barry wanted to save a few dollars, he could lose some of his parliamentary secretaries, they have shown themselves to be a waste of space and money. After all, Barry promised smaller govt, and delivered bigger govt. Then Infrastructure NSW, more fat-cat beaurocracy, as my old mate Ray Williams likes to say on the days he gets out of bed. Getting rid of that dead weight around the leg of the state would save a few quid…

We seem to be spending a lot of money marketing, and providing information on the North West Rail Link, despite it not even existing as yet, or construction even close to starting. Surely there is a dollar to be saved there.

Instead, this Coalition believe it is better to sack thousands, and then beg the Federal Government for stimulus. Similar stimulus to that which they ridiculed when the Federal government decided it was timely.

However, if you wanted to raise some money, you could ask the rich to pay a fee that allows them to smoke anywhere.

After all, you did sneak an exemption through that allows “high-rollers” to be allowed to smoke at Sydney’s Star City Casino. Nobody else though, just high rollers.

Apparently, according to Liberal Party Scientists, the same ones who deny climate change allegedly, the second-hand smoke from a rich person is good for you. There are theories that it has Vitamin C in it, and actually prevents cancer. Those forced to breathe it should be bloody grateful.

Unfortunately, second-hand smoke from the regular person is still deadly, so you will have to continue to stand in the rain, shivering and huddled under an awning to have a smoke.

It is also important to remember that both O’Farrell, and Baillieu are considered moderates in the Liberal Party. Think of this when someone you know is made redundant, or when your next power bill gives you a coronary, and makes you join those waiting in casualty department at your local hospital that has been left short-staffed.

Tony Abbott is not considered a moderate…


For further failings, here is a link to my post after O’Farrell’s last budget.

27 comments on “The First Cut Is The Deepest

  1. I’m glad someone is covering this, because the media is mostly giving FOB a free pass. As always it is left to the bloggers to do the work that our biased and lazy media refuses to do.

  2. Wixxy from your link on the smoking non-ban story..

    In its submission, The Star said it was ”predominantly overseas premium customers” who smoke and croupiers can opt out of serving the private gaming suites they inhabit.

    That one reads as a typical Worker’s Choice, you can opt out but with a DCBM.

  3. Here in W.A. we have had this happening for three years now. Electricity prices sky-rocketing, services being cut, “Rorts – err – Royalties for Regions” which insists that, as a price for coalition, 25% of state revenue is spent in “the regions” and continuous complaints that there ios no money in the coffers.

    Oh! And a Justice Minister cum Treasurer who last year set out to make prostitution extinct in WA within 5 years! Cos God told him he could do it.

    Now, one year later, our Born-Again Treasurer has again heard from his God and is now moving to the Federal sphere. There must be greater sins in the Federal capital for him to stamp out. And a potential Federal Treasurer who will eat the profits rather than use them.

    Christian Porter will run rings around Joe Hockey! The problem is that we are talking about our country’s economy, not a three ring circus.

  4. You sound almost surprised at the media…. The MSM have lost the plot of late it seems, even the ABC is going downhill

  5. wixxy – even the ABC is going downhill? Sorry, that happened long ago! Hadn’t you noticed? They were infiltrated during the Howard era but Work Choices and the new face of Rudd did for Howard so they sort of went underground. I think the pretence of balance has had to go recently because the establishment there know their days are numbered if Julia Gillard and Labor survive their subsersive efforts.

    PS wixxy, I know it’s irrelevant to this thread but I’m seizing the moment. Why bring in the lavatorial details on AJ re KJ? It diminishes the impact of all that documentary evidence and some good journalism.

    Good journalism like this post on BOF and his NSW govt. It’s about issues, no sleaze or slander necessary, though no doubt it’s there. Stay with the issues and the evidence. Don’t descend to sleaze and slander which destroys your credibility.

  6. Same in Victoria folks…these smart alecks Libs and Nats are finding out its not as easy as they thought….they were not ready for Govt….and the Nat’s ALWAYS role over and play dead with the Libs…they just rubber stamp everything they do just so they can be in power and be “Ministers”…it was the same during the Kennett/McNamara years here in Vic….Labor left Failleau with a surplus but you would never know….$500m slashed out of TAFE…but they can afford to build a $500m jail! Teachers lied to….everyone lied too…why dont the media take these liars to task when they genuinely have broken promises whereas Julia’s was a negotiation during a minority Govt? No excuse for Libs/Nats…oh thats right O’Farrell negotiated with the Shooters Party…so its ok to negotiate with Shooters but not Greens?? Jeez….

  7. Col, I was just reading an article about NSW’s electricity price rises. The article stated that half of the price rise could be “blamed on” the carbon tax..which of course has yet to even come in. But what happened to the other half? Who’s to blame for that half?

    I don’t have much sympathy for people who whinge about electricity bills..although I freely admit to having done so. To me, if you have a problem then you do something about it..try closing the door or try throwing on an extra jumper rather than turning on the heater. Having grown up in Melbourne in a working class household, one only turned on the heater when one had icicles hanging from one’s nose.

  8. I like Mr O’Farrel and young Baird…and we are happy with his ‘bullet train’ to Sydney.

  9. el gordo, that train does not start until October. I am looking forwarded for that train to zoom past Katoomba and down that bendy line, with lots of ups and downs, until it reaches the plains at Emus Plains.

    A bullet indeed.

  10. You missed on of his biggest lies, that to be open and transparent.

    Yes he even broke that in bringing down his budget.

    For the first time in a NSW State budget there are no disclosures of the costings and breakdown in the figures with the Treasurer stating they are to come. In a first the budget documents were redacted and figures hidden from the public from O’Farrell’s open and transparent government.

    The infrastructure and planning minister stated they didn’t lie as they said that during the election campaign they weren’t planning to sell off infrastructure and cut services, and they weren’t at the time. Now they are.

    This is as bad as Liberal governments get and the only one that is imaginably worse will be Abbotts, who believe this or not, said today that the pessimism in the good economy wasn’t because of his negativity and selling it down but because of a bad government that people didn’t trust to run a good economy.

    Yep Liberal Party projection at it’s worst.

  11. Mr O’Farrell success or failure will depend on ‘the release in September of Infrastructure NSW’s priority list for the next two decades.’

    My guess they will bring back trams in the eastern suburbs, gradually, in keeping with the mood.. popular sentiment.

    Fast, efficient mass transport relieves congestion in the cities and I hope Greiner is thinking like me.

  12. Min from the articles I linked to:

    Martin Ferguson has taken to including in every speech on this issue the following startling statistic: Every time someone in Australia installs a $1,500 air conditioning system, it costs $7,000 to upgrade the electricity network to make sure there’s enough capacity to run that system on the hottest summer day.

    Put simply, it’s not the cost of ‘generation’ that caused the rise in costs. It’s the cost of ‘gold plating’ the infrastructure (generators, wires, poles et al) which is driving up the costs exponentially.

    If we applied the same rationale to education that we apply to ‘electricity’, each kid would have his/her own tutor, and be delivered to school in a limo.

    The articles are really worth a read.

  13. el gordo, I remember the trams in the city. Riding one could be dangerous. They were taken out for a good reason. Trams and cars do not mix on the narrow streets.

    To bring them back, the cars would have to go, except for a couple of areas. Past the show ground was OK, but I am not sure the strip they run on is still available.

  14. Col and,

    If we applied the same rationale to education that we apply to ‘electricity’, each kid would have his/her own tutor, and be delivered to school in a limo.

    Don’t worry, under an Abbott government that’s all going to happen. 😉

  15. ‘Put simply, it’s not the cost of ‘generation’ that caused the rise in costs. It’s the cost of ‘gold plating’ the infrastructure (generators, wires, poles et al) which is driving up the costs exponentially.’

    My colleague at TFR has a more refreshing view of what really transpired…

    ‘Everyone in NSW is foisted with 18 to 20% hits on their power bills due to the Carbon Tax, ridiculously expensive Renewable Energy Schemes introduced by State and Federal Labor and relentless dividend stripping (instead of replacing infrastructure) by the previous, now proven criminally corrupt, ALP government in its pursuit of cash for a fatter and lazier state public service bureaucracy.’

  16. Bazza is a Victorian. We have lots more Liberals like him. Do you want some more?
    Happy to send as many as you need. Really good at breaking promises, lying to the electorate, one or two very good at misleading parliament and another very good at using public property to promote his business.
    No policies or new ideas. Running out of options as the initiatives bought in by the Labor government are completed. Claiming credit for things that they had no idea about.
    We have a Liberal Leader who thinks he is the Premier, a lying National Leader who really runs the show and a war between the 2 parties as to who is at fault.
    They will be a one term government because even the Media is aware that the people of this state will not be misled again.
    As I see it they will be out of work in about 18 months time at the most and will be looking for new employment opportunities where honesty is not a priority.

  17. Neville, is it possibly the case that your own premier has been taking lessons from Jeff Kennett on how to be a political dunderhead? 😉

  18. “My colleague at TFR….”

    You are being very funny and Neil like tonight el gordo.

    Isn’t it telling that whenever prices went up under Labor it was Labor’s fault and the now proven serial liar O’Farrell was there front and centre making a big deal out of it, thus intimating they would be low under his watch.

    They now go up even more under his watch and it’s still Labor’s fault. And when they are privatised and go up even more as the NSW get doubly screwed, it will Labor’s fault.

    There is always one absolute certainty with the Liberals. It’s never their fault when it’s bad news even if it’s blatantly their fault, and it’s always their doing when it’s good even when they blatantly had nothing to do with it.

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