‘NSW PARLIAMENT HAS LOST TOUCH WITH REALITY It’s bad enough that Labor and Liberal have combined to close down the August sittings of the NSW Parliament. Democracy has been replaced by an indefinite ‘Greater Sydney’ lockdown, extending from the Central Coast to the Illawarra. People have lost their jobs, businesses have closed, families are struggling with home schooling and society itself is fracturing. The NSW Government has even told people not to talk to their neighbours and friends on the street. What has been the response of the people running NSW Parliament during this crisis? The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Jonathan O’Dea, has a huge budget to run the building in Macquarie Street. You would reasonably think his first priority would be helping people keep their jobs and helping businesses to stay open. But No. He has engaged in a wacky, wasteful and self-indulgent spending spree, thinking up new ways of washing taxpayers funds down the drain. I’m talking many millions of dollars, spent on:1. $400,000 minimum for a ‘review of workplace culture’ by the notorious Left-feminist Elizabeth Broderick. It’s a ‘monkey see, money do’ approach following the media hysteria about Canberra’s Parliament House. I can tell you, these are very different parliaments and this Broderick review is being conducted just for the sake of it, not because of an identified problem. Broderick will do what she always does with these reviews: find ’sexism’, ‘gender inequality’ and ‘misogyny’. It’s an expensive, pre-determined process without any grounding in reality.2. Huge expenditure on the Speaker’s courtyard renovation, which was a beautiful space to start with and did not need any changes. The cost is off the radar.3. Millions spent on bollards in front of the building on Macquarie Street, with the work dragging on for a year. The bollards are supposed to protect school students entering the building. But at no cost, school buses could have parked at the rear entrance to the building on Hospital Road, with students coming in that way with 100% safety. An amazing waste of money.4. A renovation of the Strangers Dining Room that has gone on forever, and no MP can understand why it was needed or what it’s trying to achieve. The building is a permanent construction zone, as O’Dea and his advisors constantly look for ways of spending their budget just for the sake of it. Come 30 June every year, they have cleaned out the coffers on newly invented projects.5. Employment of a special Indigenous Liaison Officer, even though there are 135 NSW MPs who liaise with Aboriginal communities on a regular basis – that’s their job, There is no sign yet of the new employee venturing west of the Great Dividing Range to help the really disadvantaged communities living in squalor. It’s another virtue signaling O’Dea joke.6. The Speaker employing a press secretary, even though his presence in the media is next to zero. Most people would not even know his name. The press secretary has just launched a book with Adam Goodes, of course.7. A constant flow of woke, virtue signaling nonsense sent out to MPs. Recently we were told to celebrate NAIDOC week by baking Indigenous cookies. No thanks, I’m too busy working on my real job concerning jobs, services and the education system.8. The never-ending replacement of ceilings around the building, for reasons no one can understand. The building is only 35 years old but looking at the wasteful renovations, you would think it was built in 1788 (or 1693 according to Bruce Pascoe).9. A $100,000 marble bust of Virginia Chadwick (never heard of her – don’t worry, most haven’t) to be placed in the Legislative Council chamber.10. Special ‘Koori Cooks’ in the Parliament House kitchen, serving up slices of kangaroo covered in native flowers. No thanks. This stuff is so bad it didn’t even make it into my cookbook with Alan Jones! 11. Rainbow flags around the building and constant reminders of the Alphabet People. Why? Because they can. But aren’t minorities supposed to have rights too? I’m only a straight white male from the outer suburbs, so a tiny minority among the LGBTIAPWTF cult in NSW politics. So I need a Safe Space with Trigger Warnings as much as anyone. Who’s protecting me from Micro-Aggressions and Unconscious Bias? Where’s my flag, the Australian flag, festooned inside the building?12. At huge cost, a new frosted door is being built into one of the foyer walls as an extra entrance to the parliamentary bar. There are already two entrances to this relatively small area, making this the ultimate indulgence project. Its sole purpose is to eat up the allocated parliamentary budget. The door will be frosted in a wacky plan to protect the privacy of MPs. How out of touch can an institution be? Bismarck once said, “Laws are like sausages, it’s better not to watch them being made”. If NSW taxpayers could see the waste and extravagance of the NSW Parliament building during this time of crisis, they would be totally disgusted.
Mark Latham MLC2 August 2021′https://www.facebook.com/MarkLathamsOutsiders/?ref=page_internal