EXCLUSIVE: ‘Ferry McFerryface’ was Transport Minister’s pick
2GB’s Ray Hadley has revealed the name for Sydney’s newest ferry ‘Ferry McFerryface’ was a captain’s call by Transport Minister Andrew Constance and not voted on by the public.
On November 14 the NSW Government announced ‘Ferry McFerryface’ had won the ‘Name Your Ferry’ competition, voted on by “hundreds of Sydneysiders.”
A public backlash ensued with the decision labelled disrespectful.
The Maritime Union of Australia slammed the move at the time and have done so again this morning, telling Ray Hadley staff are furious.
The Transport Minister’s office has stood by the name, claiming it’s what the public wanted.
But, unearthed documents show ‘Ferry McFerryface’ wasn’t one of the 36 names on the “final list for public voting” released in August 2016.
In a statement, the Minister’s office has admitted to overruling the panel of four distinguished Australians tasked with creating the shortlist.
“The Honorary Panel made recommendations, but the final decision on each was for the NSW Government.
“The first five vessels in the Emerald Class were named based on the panel’s recommendations, final vote and public nominations
“The decision to include Ferry McFerryface was made by the NSW Government based on the number of nominations received from the public.”
NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has declared to Ray Hadley he will rename the ferry if Labor are voted into government.
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