LABOR’S TREASURE ISLAND
Renny Carter, 53, is an old journo and one of the Liberal Party's faceless men, who has opinions on anything and everything in contemporary life.
Isn't it wonderful! Labor and their sleazy union mates (the two being entirely synonymous) have delivered yet another tale of woe costing Victorians $1.8m per day. And to make matters worse, we have no use for it for the foreseeable future.
And to make matters even more 'worser' (which is CFMEU speak) we will be paying $1.8m a day for the next 40 years or more. I refer of course to a project that the CFMEU and its hangers on call 'Treasure Island'.
The Great Desalination Plant - a project so lucrative that the unions themselves could not believe their luck - has not fired a single shot. It has not produced one glass of water. It doesn't need to. The effing dams are close to full. Being a typically well thought out Labor initiative, they have lumbered Victorians with its cost. Our water bills have soared from $500 pa to $1500 plus.
My own quarterly bill suddenly went from $356 to $1700. Of course I asked them what the hell was going on. Only two people live in our house and we have tank water for the garden. So they sent out the man with the clipboard who said we must have a leak. So we checked. No leaks. Just a big fat bill. So they knocked a grand off it which meant I was still paying double for the same water I used last year.
I wonder how many people did not complain and simply paid what was asked.
Meanwhile, most of Victoria's snow water from the highlands goes straight into Bass Strait. They could have built another dam for a whisker of the cost and captured this wastage, but the Labor Greenie mob won't allow any dams. It might upset a bluetongue lizard for 5 minutes.
So trillions of gallons of lovely fresh water flow into the ocean and we pay for this crazy white elephant of a project.
Even more perplexing is the fact that soon, according to all available polls, these clowns are going to be re-elected in Victoria. I mean, they couldn't even get a smoothly operating ticketing system for public transport up and running.
Despite every other major metropolis in the world having one that works brilliantly, they decided, being Labor, to reinvent the wheel. So for a simple automated ticketing system we paid billions for something that does not work well at all. Typical Labor. Apparently we could have had one for a fraction of the cost.
But back to Treasure Island... that gift of a lifetime afforded tradesmen, labourers and bikies employed on the 'Desal' site. Want to know what the buggers earned while they stretched out their tenure? Well one major trades group was earning $4868 per week each which included $700 per week living-away-from-home allowance tax free, and just on $70 a day for a travel allowance. Add to that another $5.86 per hour redundancy payment and they got another $328 per week each. Don't work it out - let me do it for you:
$253,136.00 per year! Who needs to be a doctor in this day and age. Pffft!
And just in case you thought they were doing it tough, the CFMEU bikies on site arranged regular project parties where ice and strippers were laid on.
One CFMEU bikie actually got the sack because he was caught sleeping in his car when he was supposed to be 'working', which is where the redundancy payment would have come in handy I expect.
Apparently drug testing, which is mandatory on most major construction sites, was not carried out. Probably at the request of the CFMEU bikies who were shelling out the booze and the drugs. If they did catch you out, and you did agree to counselling, they would pay you for the time it took to get sober enough to work again. What a job!
Of course Labor today won't hear a word against this major cock-up of a project. Well all I can say is, if this mob get in again, Gawd help every Victorian. We are practically rooted now, with most major industries closing down, but this of course does not affect the greedy dishonest grubs that vote for them.
One day somebody with balls in Canberra will say ENOUGH! We are not going to pay State Governments over the odds anymore for Labor incompetence.
We won't pay a former Prime Minister over $200 grand a year for the rest of his bloody life for what was an appalling performance while his wife has $200 million plus in the bank.
We are not going to reward people who were not elected for their five minutes of 'work' for the rest of their lives. Like Gillard. And that incompetent bastard Swan.
Meanwhile, as the Victorian Labor leader, the socialist leftie himself Dan the man Andrews says, "This $22.5 billion cost is absolutely a fair deal."
Of course, we are also paying millions more as various Government agencies now rake over the paper trail of the union-led feeding frenzy to discover how drugs and other rorts were endemic, and how bikies were employed by the union to be there in the first place.
Treasure Island. The gift of a life time! Thanks Labor.