Richard Wynne Challenged: Tunnel Picket outside his Office
This morning we Tunnel Picketers met in Smith Street at 8am, which accustomed as we are to 5am picketing starts, felt like lunch-time. We were there to pressure Richard Wynne, our local State MP, to put his money where his mouth is. He needs to stop merely saying that he is opposed to the East-West Link, but translate that verbal opposition into action. He must agree to ripping up the contracts should Labor be elected. If he cannot commit to that his chances of re-election, we believe, will be negligible.
I had to leave early for work, so I don't know if Mr Wynne arrived to speak to us or not. I imagine he might have chosen to work at home this morning because there were quite a few of us, we feel strongly and there was also a contingent from the media in attendance.
I recall that the last time we had protested in Smith Street was in March when Premier Napthine had been visiting to give the local Human Services Departments the benefit of his wisdom. That day he didn't even stop his car to talk to us, but instead powered out on to Smith Street injuring a protestor in the process. In a post (in my archives) entitled 'Bodies on the Line: Napthine's Visit to Tunnel Picket Land', I described the distress of that day. It was extraordinarily hard not to have our concerns heard, but not so unexpected from a representative of the Liberal Party. But many of us, perhaps especially those who have grown up in working class families with long-term Labor voting parents, have residual, hard-to-quell higher expectations of Labor.
Now is the time for Richard Wynne to listen to his constituents, to demonstrate that on the abominable East-West Link proposal he is prepared to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.