We saw the debacle of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) being run out of Maccas in Armidale.
Now, Barnaby Joyce’s second big pork barrel has found its home on a park bench in Orange.
The $28 million Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) is being set up to do what the States already do. It is supposed to open on July 1 but when newly appointed Board members gathered in Orange yesterday, they met in a park.
With eight sleeps to go, the RIC has no home and no staff. Yet the Government is still saying “we are on track to kick off on the first of July”.
Even locals in Orange think it’s a waste of money (see poll).
Orange was chosen for this pork barrelling exercise when the Nats lost the State seat for the first time in 69 years.
Both the APVMA (costing at least $50 million) and the RIC decisions were done with Malcolm Turnbull’s full approval.
It’s time he stopped the madness.