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Scott Morrison's costly James Cook project is a colonial wet dream

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25.01.2019

Scott Morrison’s Cook project is as cooked as his momentary leadership of this country and I can’t stop laughing. Stick a fork in him. The goose is done.

When I became aware of the current PMs announcement in far north Queensland’s Cooktown on Tuesday, I almost caved in wheezing from the hilarity. And knowing how serious Morrison is about it makes it all the more hysterical.

In April last year, while still biding his time to claim leadership of the government, Morrison accompanied his then boss, Malcolm Turnbull, on a jolly jaunt around the shores of Kurnell – the Sydney suburb that sits on a section of Botany Bay where in 1770 a pom named James Cook most likely first landed on the east coast of our continent.

Kurnell sits in the electoral division of Cook – named jointly for the man who lobbed in 1770 and another bloke named Joseph Cook who was Australia’s sixth PM for an unproductive 15 months in the early 20th century. Cook has also been Morrison’s seat since the 2007 federal election.

The pair were out and about to spruik a project pretty much identical in nature to the travesty Morrison tossed on to the table on Tuesday.

It was 28 April, the eve of the 248th anniversary of Lieutenant Cook’s first intrusion in 1770, and the treasurer had some juicy news to foreground his May 2018 federal budget.

Fifty million........

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