“THE FOG ON THE HILL’. HOW LABOR LOST ITS WAY.
Dear Gordon, I do not know If you have read Frank Sartor’s book. I have not, but came across a review in the Autumn 2012 edition the Australasian Parliamentary Review, (Volume 27(1). Pages 249-252.) Attached are his comments. Do you agree? Perhaps you might comment upon them in relation to your experience in Parliament in your Newsletter.
MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT SHOULD HAVE — • CONVICTION • COMMITMENT and • A SOUND SYSTEM OF BELIEFS.
GOOD GOVERNMENTS SHOULD HAVE FIVE KEY ELEMENTS — • GOOD POLICY • GOOD PRACTICES • GOOD COMMUNICATION • SOUND IMPLEMENTATION and • TRANSPARENCY.
From a review of Fog on the Hill: How NSW Labor Lost its Way’ by Frank Sartor. Page 249. Australasian Parliamentary Review. Autumn 2012. Volume 27(1). P249-51.
God bless. Eric J.
REPLY: Thank you Eric. Yes, I have read Frank Sartor’s book, ‘The Fog on the Hill.” Two others on this era deserve also to be read. “From Carr to Keneally. (Clyne and Smith) and “Power Crisis. The Self Destruction of the Labor Party.’ (Rodney Cavalier). All of these are written from inside perspectives and documented research. After 10 years, I summarized my record in http://www.gordonmoyes.com/2010/12/09/vindication
Every day the ICAC investigation into former Ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald shock the nation. But not those of us who spent ten years sitting opposite them. Check out in Hansard my constant questioning of Minister Macdonald, and read his sarcastic, sneering replies without answering the questions. At every vote Eddie would come to Rev Fred Nile and talk in hushed tones seeking the CDP to support the Government. I did not trust the man and rejected his appeals voting against him and Fred Nile who would vote and sit together. Rumours of his private dealings to advantage his family fortune were rife. I kept my distance.
But of course, Obeid and Macdonald were not the only ones. Minister Tony Kelly was found to be corrupt and awaits sentence. The Police Minister Matt Brown was dancing in his underpants and simulating sex acts with Noreen Hay. Noreen Hay was mixed up in the sex for development approvals of the Wollongong Council; Transport Minister David Campbell was Photographed exiting a homosexual massage parlour; Health Minister John Della Bosca was found having an affair with a student; Regional Development Minister Macdonald was sacked over cheating on his air travel expenses by falsely claiming $30,00, Ports Minister Paul Mcleay quit after he was caught using his office computer to access porn sites; Treasurer Eric Roosendaal was sent to ICAC alter being given a $10,000 discount on a new car organized by another ICAC identity, Moses Obeid (a son of Eddie Obeid) with all the financial arrangements hidden in secret deals. Minister Angela D’Amore was found by ICAC to be corrupt as was Karyn Paluzzano, who in 2012 was sentenced for falsely claiming parliamentary allowances, as well as giving false and misleading evidence to an anti-corruption inquiry. And this sad litany was not all. There were others, and senior department officials who were corrupt. By the March 2011 election one third of NSW Labor Members of Parliament had jumped ship or forced to walk the plank.
One bright light was Frank Sartor A.O. I had a great deal to do with him during the 1990’s in the build-up to the 2000 Olympics and thereafter. He was an excellent Lord Mayor of Sydney. Bob Carr persuaded him to stand for NSW Parliament, but he was always regarded by the labor mates as an “outsider’ and “a wog”. He was a Cabinet minister, he came within 2 votes of being elected Premier instead of Keneally, and he was constantly thwarted by his fellow ministers. Sartor’s book is largely self-justification but it also has some good ideas for the Party to rebuild itself. But they will not be considered because they come from him.
As a minister, I felt he was the best. With Government business coming up, he went out of his way to explain proposed legislation to me. He would come to my office or ring personally to check if I had any worries with any part of the proposal, and consequently I would support it and if I couldn’t I would explain why as a Christian I could not support it. He respected my view.
As for his list of qualities for both members of Parliament and Governments above, I wholeheartedly endorse them, and it was their lack in the lives of Labor parliamentarians for ten years that lost the support of the people of NSW.