I’m sitting in my hotel room in Canberra.
The world has been turned upside down.
The sun is shining.
It’s a perfect day.
I have a phone call to make.
I’ve just been given a very important update on the situation in New South Wales.
I’ll tell you how the state is doing.
I’m being asked to speak on behalf of the Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, about the state’s economic situation and the outlook for the financial year ahead.
I must admit that I’ve been expecting to be told to shut up.
I am not alone.
The treasurer has been asked several times this week to address a range of issues relating to the state economy.
It is not unusual for the Treasurer to speak to the media after a state election, or after a budget or during a major government announcement.
He can’t do it if he is not in the public eye.
And yet I have been.
I was supposed to be in Sydney.
It was a weekend trip.
The day was warm and sunny.
I’d had a lot of fun, and I had some time to think about my time in Australia.
But now, in the face of a crisis that could leave me with nowhere to go, the reality is that there is no way I can keep doing this.
What I’m doing now is not going to help the state recover from what I’ve done.
The Australian Financial Report: A Brief History of Australian Financial Markets article The treasurer’s office has declined my request for an interview.
But I have written to Mr Frydenbrigge, in an attempt to persuade him to speak out about the economic situation.
And I have heard back.
Mr Fryderenberg has not been receptive.
I told him that I had received a call from Mr McInnes, the Treasurer’s chief of staff.
And then, a couple of days later, I got another call from a colleague.
I wrote again, asking Mr McIndoe about the issue.
But he didn’t respond.
I then wrote to Mr McEvoy, the finance minister, again.
And finally, I sent Mr McAvoy a letter to the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, asking him to intervene.
But the prime minister has not intervened.
So what have we done wrong?
Mr Frydenber has been unable to answer.
The government is in a very difficult position, and it’s an extremely difficult position for a public body to be on.
It would be impossible for him to respond, for example, to a request from the Treasurer for an explanation of the government’s position on a particular policy issue.
Mr McInness was unavailable for an answer to questions about the financial state of the state and the financial future of the states.
But in an email, Mr McIsland said he was “very concerned” about the Treasurer.
“The Treasurer’s approach to these issues has been, in my view, not only unwise but wrong.
I think we’ve seen some of this before, and if you’ve got a problem that isn’t obvious to you, it’s very easy to get into trouble,” he wrote.
The Treasurer says he has had no further contact with the finance department.
How bad is it?
If we take Mr McEvers words at face value, Mr Frydernberg’s office must be a mess.
He and his staff have not been able to get their heads around what the Treasurer is proposing.
There has been no time to consult with other agencies about the issues, or to find a new, more productive way to get to the truth.
And when the Treasurer speaks, his words are often not accurate or transparent.
A crisis is approaching, and the Treasurer has chosen to ignore the warnings of the Reserve Bank and other agencies, and instead to make decisions based on his own views and that of his advisers.
That’s not good enough.
It makes no sense for a government to make bad decisions without being fully transparent about the consequences.
I understand that it’s a difficult situation for the government to be.
But it’s also true that Mr FryDenbrigga has not put together a plan for how he can help New South Welsh people recover from the crisis.
In a statement released this morning, Mr McGrath said: “There is a genuine concern amongst many of our staff that the Treasurer and his advisers have failed to engage with our stakeholders in a way that is in the best interests of New South NSW.”
It’s also clear that Mr McIngness is a bad choice for the job.
If he is given the chance to act, he would be a bad appointment for New South Wales.