Dear M Rabbit,
It is well known that a NSW based Prime Minister does not garner the votes in our state that a Victorian based Prime Minister might. But sheesh, the admired PM, the late Ben Chifley, was from NSW and for goodness sakes, we voted for him. If you are a good Prime Minister, we Victorians can overlook state wars. Chifley was mostly a decent bloke.
Tone, mate, we desperately need money for our public transport system but if you say your government won't fund public transport for any state, ok, that includes us. Though Tone, the federal government has long funded suburban public transport, even that bloke Gough's party who's funeral you recently attended.
But now Tone, sorry, I am feeling less friendly, Mr Abbott, you have now said that you won't give Victoria $3 billion to fund an underground tunnel that is a bit more than just a tunnel. It destroys parkland, properties galore, involves ugly overground infrastructure and seems to mainly built for the benefit of trucking magnates. I don't think of it as being the Fox Tunnel for no reason.
That is ok Mr Abbott. We don't really want the tunnel, so you can keep your specific money for that.
But Mr Abbott, I do not like to be threatened. I do not like you to threaten to withdraw $3 billion from Victoria if we elect the Labor Party in our state election, no matter what the money is spent on, allocated or withdrawn.
Prime Minister Abbott, do not threaten Victorians like that. We will vote how we will and you must deal with the result. If ever a politician was poorly advised about a media statement, you were on this one. You are Prime Minister of Australia, not Prime Minister of Canberra and New South Wales. You have done little for Victoria, rarely been here and I think that will be reflected in the result for the next federal election. Politicians of your standing are not normally so stupid, but I think you have really alienated the Victorian state vote.