“Where are you from? I’ve never met you before. Are you a journalist?”
The initial response from Premier Gladys Berejiklian this morning in Penrith as Gazette reporter Krystyna Pollard inquired as to the politician’s thoughts regarding the Windsor Bridge tender process.
Fair enough inquiry from the Premier, had the question not been delivered during a pre-ordained media scrum, where Krystyna had been standing for the past 20 minutes with a camera, notepad and recording device.
Obviously Krystyna looked like she should have been doing something else.
Or perhaps it was because she chose to ask a real question than opt for the tripe the metros had decided to focus on, namely FerryMcFerryFace!
After Krystyna formally introduced herself and assured she was indeed a journalist, the said premier offered a further apology: “sorry, I haven’t met you before”.
Incidentally, she had, but that was a while ago, and let’s face it, she does meet a few people, some of which we assume are real journalists.
Anyway, she did offer a couple of lines regarding the Bridge, albeit rather generic. Surprising really, considering the topic has been on the boil and of concern for many years.
The incident, though relatively innocuous, brings to mind a bigger question: if the Hawkesbury Gazette has to justify itself at a media conference, how do local community members get a hearing at the highest state level?
And for the record, Krystyna is a former state political correspondent.
And no, we didn’t ask was the Gladys at the microphone the real premier.
EditorMcEditorFace signing off!