Labor MP DELETS meme depicting Transport Minister as Sergeant Schultz ignorant after sleeping during decision to close Sydney trains
- Labor MP told to take down transport minister David Elliott’s social media post
- Mr Elliott has been compared to Nazi character Sergeant Shultz from Hogan’s Heroes
- Repeat powers missing texts on Monday’s impending train stop
A high-profile Labor MP has been ordered to remove a social media post he made comparing the embattled NSW Transport Minister to a famous Nazi character from Hogan’s Heroes.
Senior frontbencher Ron Hoenig posted a meme on Sunday portraying David Elliott as Sergeant Shultz, who uttered the famous catchphrase “I don’t know anything,” on the hit 1970s comedy show.
The meme referenced Mr Elliott’s apology after Sydney was hit by train chaos last Monday, after the state government shut down the network in response to industrial action.
Transport Minister David Elliott was asleep when the decision to close Sydney’s rail network was made last Monday, prompting Mr Hoenig to delete the meme mocking him.
Mr Elliott was asleep when bureaucrats unplugged the network and he was not told of the decision to cancel Sydney trains until after it was taken.
The controversial image of Mr Hoenig disappeared from social media later on Sunday evening.
Mr. Elliott is Minister of Veterans Affairs, in addition to being a former soldier. Mr Elliott told the Daily Telegraph: “I’m more than happy for people to take the mickey if it makes them feel better, but there are plenty of other ways to do that than to portray me in a Nazi uniform.”
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet believes the industrial action plaguing the rail system will continue
Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet was unaware that Sydney trains would be completely closed until he woke up on Monday morning.
Mr. Perrottet was not informed of this by the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Michael Coutts-Trotter.
Mr Coutts-Trotter was also turning a blind eye when a text message came to him late Sunday evening of the impending closure.
Meanwhile, Sydney Trains was back on track on Monday after a week of no-shows and limited services meant longer journey times for those commuting to work.
But Mr Perrottet warned that the ongoing industrial action means “if there is an incident, recovery could take a little longer”.