NSW political operator, Michael Photios has made a second contribution in the Australian in recent weeks. This time with “With contributions from Tom Loomes”.
For Cats outside of NSW, there happens to be an election in NSW. Even inside NSW it is not that obvious with less media than in previous years.
That all changed earlier this week when Labor Opposition Leader Michael Daley hit the charts on Alan Jones radio show with, let’s just call it, a dispute about the knock-down and rebuild of Allianz/Sydney Football Stadium. Then into the fray came Photios writing:
Only $1.9bn and less than 1.4 per cent of the total spend is on three stadiums. Even then, only one of the stadiums, costing $719 million, is at issue. And Labor would still spend half of this on an alternative refurbishment, maybe saving $350m. That’s 0.25 per cent of the entire infrastructure spend, just what the upgrade of Gosford Hospital will cost.
Basically Photios is suggesting that because (according to his numbers), the difference between a rebuild and refurb is only $350 million, then you may as well rebuild.
Only $350 million apparently, and Photios thus implies that this is not material the context of the total NSW budget and capital works program.
You know, TAFKAS remembers a time when $350 million was real money. Apparently not in Mr Photios mind and company.
But demonstrating his true feelings, Mr Photios closes with this point:
A quality government can build schools, hospitals, transport and stadiums. It’s not either or.
He is right. It isn’t either or. A quality government could also cut taxes, but god forbid that ever happening.