Because he stood up for what he believes in at the ALP conference – encouraging people to get on ricketty boats having paid some scumbag an exorbitant amount of money and standing a fair chance of drowning. That makes sense?
Actually, he is a real pest in the House (he is not the Leader of Opposition Business) calling out all the time and shouting when he thinks his ‘legacy’ is being questioned.
And the reality is that he was a shocking Minister for Infrastructure and other things, giving as many favours as he possibly could to his union mates.
- Establishing the Road Transport Remuneration Tribunal within the Fair Work Commission to arbitrate rates of pay (in the name of safety, you must realise) in order to punish mum and dad operators who refuse to join up to the TWU (a favour demanded by the TWU (Tony Sheldon);
- Running with some sort of ridiculous policy to ‘save’ Australian shipping as a favour to his mates at the MUA, including a series of ridiculous tax concesssions;
- Signing off on a whole lot of dodgy infrastructure projects (taking no notice of Infrastructure Australia), including the highly dubious Moorebank Intermodel project that could have been undertaken by the private sector;
- Running with the really stupid idea of having National Cities policies with the federal government insisting on centrally dictated criteria in order to hand over money (taken up with gusto by the Turnbull government, with the appalling Jamie Briggs the Cities Minister – what a joke);
- Confused funding of urban public transport which should not be the responsibility of the federal government.
Just because he is prepared to appear on the Bolt Report does not enhance his woeful political or ministerial record. And just when it looks as though he could lose his seat to the Greens, he is muscling his way into a more winnable seat – that’s a sign of the man.