Flip flap railway.
It’s a phrase used to describe how the government manages public transport.
It was coined by the then-Liberal leader Kevin Rudd when he was running for the leadership of the Labor Party.
Since then, the phrase has become synonymous with the Rudd-era policies which have been blamed for the city’s woes, including the NBN rollout, and the state’s budget crisis.
It comes up frequently in public debates in Canberra.
The government does not, however, seem to be paying attention.
When it comes to the flip flap, the government is actually very much in the business of telling the public what to get on their train.
“The flip flap has been around for a long time and has been in use for a very long time in Canberra, so it is the sort of thing that comes up when you have a big policy that is being put through,” Labor Senator Mark Dreyfus told the ABC.
He said the government was not concerned with what the flip flaps were saying, or what they were actually telling people.
The flip flap is an old train station in Sydney’s inner west, built in the late 1800s to accommodate commuters travelling from the suburbs.
It is not the first time that the government has used the term, but it is often used by politicians to attack the Labor Government’s policies.
This is a train station on a Sunday afternoon, so you can’t even see the train, but this is a great way to tell people how the Government’s budget will affect their lives.
In 2009, the then Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told ABC Radio National that the Government would build two new flip flappers in Sydney.
Rudd had said he wanted the flipflap to become “a regular feature” in government signage, as the government tried to build a new train station at Flinders Street Station.
At the time, then Minister for Public Transport and Regional Transport Andrew Constance said the Government was building two new flappers for the new Flinders Square station, but would not say what they would be.
Since then, two more flappers have been added, as well as a train track on which to run them.
According to Mr Constance, the Government has already paid for the construction of the new flaps, but they are only being used for a limited period of time.
They will eventually be moved onto the tracks.
But a spokesperson for the Minister for Transport, Jacinta Allan, said the flaps are being used “as part of the Government work to create a modern rail corridor”.
She said the flip-flap is used to convey information about infrastructure and policy, and that the flappers would not be used to promote any specific projects.
A spokeswoman for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said it did not comment on political issues.
On Saturday, the Treasurer Tim Nicholls said he had been told by the Government that the flip Flaps were being used on a limited basis, and there was no specific timeframe.
Mr Nicholls told ABC radio that the Flinders Flappers were being upgraded in December but did not say how many times.
Another former Labor Minister, Tony Abbott, also told ABC National on Saturday that the Flip Flaps had been used, and he said the Flappers had not been used on the rail network.
“[It] is a very old train and it’s just not going to be able to do that anymore.
It just can’t, so I can understand why it’s being used,” Mr Abbott said.
There are currently about 1,800 Flinders Gate Flappers, but the Government says the flapper infrastructure needs to be upgraded to meet new standards.
Flinders Gate is a popular station for trains travelling from North Sydney to Melbourne and Canberra.
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