The NSW Premier called a press conference on Friday to make a major announcement, but the event quickly went off the rails.
Dominic Perrottet called a press conference on Friday to make a major announcement but the event was abruptly cut short.
The NSW government is injecting funds into faith communities across the state in a bid to mend the cultural divide that deepened during Sydney’s toughest Covid-19 lockdown.
An Advisory Council of Religious Communities will be created, with the aim of enhancing the safety and security of places of worship, including mosques and churches.
“One of the key lessons from the pandemic is the essential role of multicultural and faith-based communities in ensuring that we are all connected, engaged and supported,” Perrottet said.
“We are now acting on these trends and investing in areas that will enable a stronger and brighter future for multicultural communities across the state.”
The most concentrated multiculturally diverse regions of the state suffered from much harsher lockdown restrictions at the height of the 2021 Delta wave.
Perrottet’s government was heavily criticized for what appeared to be a lockdown policy that favored wealthier communities and disregarded the cultural priorities of western and southwestern communities.
Just as Multiculturalism Minister Mark Coure took the microphone, a car alarm sounded near the Eastwood Mall, where the press conference was taking place.
Muffled laughter could be seen emerging from the crowd of state government workers behind Mr Coure, as he held his tongue and waited more than two minutes for the irritating noise to subside.
“The Prime Minister arranged it,” he announced as the siren died away.
Earlier on Friday, Mr Perrottet was answering more impassioned questions from Sydney 2GB radio host Ben Fordham about the lavish spending habits of NSW art gallery manager Michael Brand.
“It’s completely disconnected from those situations, you know, where families across our state are facing high prices, high grocery bills, higher energy bills,” Perrottet told Ben 2GB Fordham.
“And that kind of generosity has no place in government at all. I will make sure this does not happen again in the future.
“It has to stop.”
Mr Brand has spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on high-end restaurants, vintage wines and furniture, a Daily Telegraph investigation has found.