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Jeff Kennett: Radio 'squealed' during yesterday's traffic chaos

Posted by: Ellen Feely | 4 October, 2012 - 12:30 PM
Kennett Citylink

Former Premier Jeff Kennett has criticised Neil Mitchell and Derryn Hinch for their reaction to Citylink’s 12-hour tunnel closure which crippled Melbourne’s main arteries yesterday, calling them ‘squealers’.

Mr Kennett praised radio for its ability to deliver up up-to-the-minute information about the computer glitch which forced the Domain and Burnley tunnels’ closure, but said its main response was the ‘lead to the squealing’.

”We have become so complacent as a community. If something goes wrong, (we) don't do something about it, just complain and squeal,” he said.

”Yes there was a glitch, yes they closed it down - For reasons of safety. For no other reasons...and what did we all do? We squealed.

”With new technology, the chances are unfortunately that from time to time it's going to break down.”

Mr Kennett’s Government awarded the private road construction contract to Transburban in 1996, which was completed in 2000.

Yesterday Neil Mitchell covered the traffic havoc throughout the morning, describing the congestion as ‘bedlam’ and advised listeners to ‘avoid everything’.

Derryn Hinch said Citylink’s decision to close the tunnels was a disgrace, calling for heads to roll and saying a city like New York would have had better leadership if the same were to occur.

READ: Derryn Hinch - If this happened in New York, there would have been hell to pay

Neil Mitchell said Mr Kennett was out of touch with the average Victorian.

”You live a privileged existence, you're not in the real world, you live out in your upper class suburbs, you drive your expensive cars and you don't have to be at work at 7:30 in the morning... and you don't have to answer to a boss,” he said.

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Blog comments Your Say

  • Every time I pay for the toll roads and get another electricity bill I think of Jeff.A globalist puppet who sold victoria to the private sector.

    David Rixon Friday 5 October, 2012 - 3:36 PM
  • We upgraded our road infrastructure to make the transit of the city smoother, and have created a dependency that has been sorely highlighted when it broke down.

    For the one time when it failed, can we glory in the massive savings of time and fuel for the other years it has operated so smoothly that we have become complacent?

    Travelling through the tunnel yesterday I wondered how we would escape should there be a fire and the safety systems did not work. I am glad they were closed - a wise decision, regardless of the froth and venom the shock jocks turned against the operators.

    On the flipside, redundancy for critical infrastructure should be robust and tested frequently, and the scope for unanticipated issues reduced as far as possible.

    Was it haste or inexperience, or lack of regular contingency planning and testing that was the fundamental underlying issue here? Will the situational post mortem ever be released publicly? I hope the main cause for concern was not to allay the baying media!

    Solmon's Sword Friday 5 October, 2012 - 2:21 PM
  • Well said Neil, Jeff Kennett, ( I'm a fan of him, )has lost touch sometimes, and did lose his seat purely because of his sometimes ignorant and cocky attidude and just ignores the majority, and thinks he's right 100% but (I still like him)
    He is in a different world, He can easily avoid jammed up freeways, many others cannot..Wake up Jeff...
    Listen to the people !
    Your good but not that good ! You can be blatantly arrogant sometimes, and sadly, that is why you lost the election all those years ago...I was devistated, Stay "connected with the people", thats one thing Neil does know how to do. Cheers,,, ( When are we playin golf...! lol )

    Brad Thursday 4 October, 2012 - 6:54 PM
  • Just think, if Myki had short term tickets, a lot of people could have made an spur of the moment decision decision to use public transport.

    Lukew Thursday 4 October, 2012 - 4:51 PM
  • Hey Jeff good to see you still haven't popped your head out in the real world! otherwise you would realize What a joke Victoria is and we all should be embarrassed that in 2012 we have a third world infrastructure system with poor roads, crap freeways( western ring road Car park a prime example) and a flawed toll system were they make millions in profit but also provide sub-standard freeway routes where many times there is no traffic flow! You would think that the many tax payer funded trips politicians take overseas for investigative and project studies that the least they could learn from countries such as Germany what freeways and infrastructure should be like. And then there are the many illuminati who still believe that Melbourne is the worlds most livable city

    Mighty Mick Thursday 4 October, 2012 - 4:09 PM
  • Thanks for the ppp Jeff Kennett

    col Thursday 4 October, 2012 - 2:13 PM

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