Matilda intersection improvements campaigner Brendan Blatchly at the protest mounted at the Matilda-Bruce Highway intersection this week.
Matilda intersection improvements campaigner Brendan Blatchly at the protest mounted at the Matilda-Bruce Highway intersection this week. Renee Pilcher

Political website 'Crikey' blasted

THE truck driver who enlisted Transport Workers Union support for his campaign for safety improvements at Kybong’s Matilda intersection yesterday blasted the national political website, Crikey, over its political stance on the issue.

Crikey savaged the campaign and particularly TWU state secretary Hughie Williams over what it apparently saw as a political betrayal of Mr Williams’ Labor Party colleagues.

Referring to Mr Williams as a “union dinosaur,” the website said he had “enlisted National Party leader Warren Truss to assist him in an attack on federal Transport Minister and so-called factional ally, Anthony Albanese...some hacks think Williams is showing his senility”.

But safety campaigner and truck driver Brendan Blatchly said Crikey missed the point that public safety was more important than Mr Albanese’s feelings. The website appeared to have revealed its political orientation by seeing the campaign only in terms of difficulties it might create for Labor federally.

“This has nothing to do with party politics and nothing to do with victimising the Matilda Truckstop or preventing them from putting up the ‘Matilda’ Commonwealth Games kangaroo as a symbol of the business,” he said. “This is about public safety and all we want is for everyone to work together.

“It shows the political attitude of the website that it can’t see the over-riding issue. This isn’t about anything else but making a safer road for everyone,” he said.

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