Watkins does a Carr
Yesterday, the NSW Transport Minister, John Watkins, resigned from office partway into his term. He says he will be leaving politics to spend more time with his family and become the CEO of the Alzheimers Association of NSW.
His tenure will best be known for what he did not do:
- Attempting to make Sydney trains run on time by reducing the frequency of rail services.
- Repeatedly announcing plans for grandiose rail projects, e.g. new rail lines and high speed trains, then cancelling them
- Failing to deliver a new Integrated Ticketing System after many years of delays
- Not dealing with the systematic corruption and inefficiencies in Railcorp and related entities
- Frequent media appearances to apologise for rail disruptions caused by poor maintenance