Keneally rejects highway tour
WHILE State Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell was driven through the site of yesterday’s fatal crash near Iluka turn-off, Premier Kristina Keneally was enjoying the sights of Dubbo.
Ms Keneally has left gaining a personal understanding of the dangers of the Pacific Highway off her priority list by refusing to take up an offer by the mayors to tour the road.
The offer was open-ended to allow the Premier to fit it into her busy schedule. Instead she flew Regional Development Minister Ian Macdonald to Coffs Harbour to meet the mayors. He didn’t go for a trip up the highway either. He spent 40 minutes with the mayors in an office.
The things Ms Keneally yesterday thought were more important than inspecting the Pacific Highway included opening a new headquarters for State Water at Dubbo at 9.15am, followed by an announcement, at 10.15am, about the upgrading of nearby Burrendong dam.
Ms Keneally’s running sheet doesn’t say how she planned to spend her afternoon – whether it was driving or flying back to Sydney to do the things Premiers do, or staying in Dubbo to enjoy a bit of time at the Western Plains Zoo.
What we know for sure is she wasn’t here.