State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, has expressed her disappointment in the arrogant response from the Minister for Transport during repeated questioning in Parliament yesterday.
The Minister claimed he hadn’t received any evidence that services had been cut and denied he had received anything from MPs advising him of that.
Ms Hornery’s office has written to the Minister and Keolis Downer more than 100 times outlining a number of issues involving the elderly, people with disabilities and school children that had been left without a service or just dumped on the side of the road.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“I doubt there has ever been a more arrogant display in the NSW Parliament by a Minister who was being asked very serious questions about the issues our community is facing.”
“For the Minister to simply dismiss the claims and deny having received any evidence is just a blatant lie.”
“The Minister reminded me of a young child who puts their fingers in their ears and yells I can’t hear you. He is choosing to bury his head in the sand in the hope that eventually these issues will just go away.”
“The hundreds of constituents in my electorate who have raised serious concerns about losing their ability to get around, who have been forced to give up their job, who have had their children just dumped on the roadside or who because of their disability can no longer get to a service, to appointments or work, would be disgusted in this response from the Minister.”
“If the Premier was serious and cared about the issues Members are raising on behalf of their communities in an appropriate manner, she would direct the Minister to answer the questions or replace him with someone who can.”
“It’s time for the Minister to go.”