NSW Transport Minister David Elliott has slammed his own treasurer, Matt Kean, accusing his office of pedaling ‘complete bullshit a**t’ as the couple prepare to battle over who the next deputy Liberal leader is of State.
In the latest NSW government collapse, the two ministers are at war over who is responsible for compensating taxi plate owners in the latest proxy battle between warring colleagues.
There are 5,000 owners of taxi plates who have been waiting seven years for compensation.
2 GB Ben Fordham Live claims that when they contacted the Treasurer’s Office for an update, they were told Mr Elliott was responsible.
But the Minister for Transport told the radio host that the hold-up was due to Mr Kean.
“Bad. And that’s why I’m one of the reasons I’m running for assistant leadership,” he said.
“It’s just complete bullshit and it frustrates me that people tell you lies,” Mr Elliott told Ben Fordham.
“If you tell me that there is a certain cabinet minister who avoids your program and blames others, that is simply not true.”
The transport minister says they are waiting for the Treasury to approve the compensation package.
In June, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet warned Liberal ministers to stop fighting in public or risk losing their jobs.
Mr Elliott was again at the center of the storm, after accusing Mr Kean of “treason” against the Coalition in the federal election.
“I expect ministers to focus on the great people of NSW every day,” Mr Perrottet said.
“There will always be words from time to time, but ultimately our goal, my expectation, of ministers here in NSW is that we continue to deliver for the people of our state.
“It’s a distraction from our purpose, and every day I focus on making sure the people of NSW are ready for a better future.”
At the time, Mr Elliott slammed Mr Kean for revelations he was trying to undermine the coalition just weeks before the election over Katherine Deves’ candidacy for Warringah.
“I’m disgusted,” Mr Elliott told 2GB Radio.
“Matt Kean’s behavior is nothing less than a betrayal and will be reimbursed in kind.”
Ms Deves had been criticized for her campaign against trans athletes in women’s sport and other comments that many saw as offensive to trans people.
She ultimately failed to win her seat, losing to incumbent independent Zali Steggall.