Coronavirus Australia: Gladys Berejikilian’s call to close Sydney construction could cost her

Radio host cracks down on Gladys Berejikilian’s ‘stupid decision’ to shut down Sydney construction – saying it could cost her next election

  • Radio shock jock Ray Hadley fired on Gladys Berejiklian before closing construction
  • He called the decision “stupid” and urged her to reverse it immediately
  • Hadley said the decision would cost Ms Berejiklian the next election – in 2023

Radio shock jock Ray Hadley fired withering shots at Gladys Berejiklian before closing the site during the Covid lockdown in Sydney, claiming it could cost her the next election.

The 2GB host said on Wednesday that the Prime Minister of New South Wales has made a ‘stupid, stupid decision’ to ban construction companies from operating in a bid to reduce the number of new infections in Sydney – which has risen by a further 110 cases .

The decision to halt construction projects has resulted in some 250,000 craftsmen in Sydney losing their usual income, relying instead on $600 a week alms.

“I’ve supported you uphill and downhill, but that support has now eroded,” Hadley said.

“This, Gladys Berejiklian, is your greyhound moment. This has caused Mike Baird to lose the Orange interim elections and your party will lose the next election.’

Ray Hadley (pictured) fired withering shots at Gladys Berejiklian before construction closes

In 2016, then Prime Minister Mike Baird sensationally lost the Nationals their seat in Orange for the first time in nearly 70 years after trying to ban greyhound racing from NSW.

In January 2017, Mr Baird announced his retirement from politics.

Hadley said the state has never registered a single case in a residential location since the start of the pandemic, and urged Ms Berejiklian to reconsider her stance.

“You’ve made a huge blunder,” he said.

“They tell me you’re very stubborn – show the qualities I know you have and reverse your stupid, stupid decision today.”

But the prime minister on Wednesday defended the decision, telling reporters that the ban was absolutely “necessary.”

Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) said the decision to close construction sites was 'necessary'

Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) said the decision to close construction sites was ‘necessary’

“This break has to be there… The two-week break is needed. I apologize for the fear it has caused people, but it’s a decision we have to make,” she said.

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“You can’t argue against the health advice, you can’t argue against science or facts.

“It would have been irresponsible if we hadn’t taken that break, no matter how difficult it was. It would have been absolutely irresponsible.’

Southwest Sydney has a disproportionate number of cases and has been hit by stricter restrictions than the rest of Greater Sydney.

It is also an area where one in 10 adults work in the construction industry and is also begging the Prime Minister to allow them to work on residential projects while maintaining Covid safe practices.

The executive director of the housing association, NSW David Bare, told Hadley that a plan has been submitted for its possible reopening.

The lockdown will end on July 30, but today Prime Minister Scott Morrison said NSW, Victoria and South Australia could go on for months.  Pictured: An Australian tradition

The lockdown will end on July 30, but today Prime Minister Scott Morrison said NSW, Victoria and South Australia could go on for months. Pictured: An Australian tradition

“Our industry is feeling a little bit cheated by, in terms of the implications coming from the press conferences, that somehow we’re not doing the right thing when we’ve shown 15 months that we can do it,” he said.

He said workers and business owners are more than willing to limit the number of workers on site, wear masks and make the necessary changes to ensure workers are safe.

The lockdown will end on July 30, but today Prime Minister Scott Morrison said NSW, Victoria and South Australia could go on for months.

“It’s tough and it’s going to be tough in the weeks ahead – and possibly months ahead – as we continue to struggle with this new strain of this virus and adapt our responses to fight it,” he told the nation.

“But we’re ready and we’re going to work on it.”

On Wednesday, NSW registered 110 new cases of Covid-19, leading the state’s outbreak — which began with a pilot who tested positive on June 16 — to 1,528 infections.

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