NSW Police Minister Carl Scully was asked to resign last night (which is political nice-speak for sacked) and he tendered his resignation effective immediately. Now the NSW Government in my mind isn’t doing as bad a job as the media makes out. I believe that Morris Iemma has been a decent leader since Bob Carr resigned and the Labor Party well and truly have the upper hand against the NSW Liberals.
But at the same time, Carl Scully has been a walking headline ever since he has taken up a seat in Parliament and you just have to wonder is this guy really that incompetent. This latest gaffe is the fact that he misled Parliament not once but twice over the Cronulla Riot Report and I just don’t see the point as to why he did it. Whilst the report may paint the police response as “poor” it is not unexpected and as a NSW citizen I thought the police did an OK job on the day. Australia is a peaceful place and our police force are not as well drilled or equipped with military precision in a country that has a larger history of militants and violent demonstrations. So, we were a bit slow off the mark, so the police were playing catchup on the day to restore peace and order. So what is what I say. The situation was a bunch of drunken red necks letting bigotry go to their heads.
I cant understand why Scully was so fearful of this report. He is (was) the Police Minister and the police didn’t do a great job, but perhaps they did the best job they could given the funding and training they receive. Big deal.
But Scully is not a stranger to controversy. He was Transport Minister and had a role in the Cross City Tunnel and the fiasco that is CityRail. CityRail have had to resort to 1930’s train timetables to cope and the Millennium edition train has been a big lemon. All in all, I just think that Scully is a bit of a loose cannon and an idiot. Well done Iemma for getting rid of him… the Labor Party will be better for it and I don’t think it will matter one brass razoo as to the outcome of the next election.