Derryn Hinch, Senator Parliament Of Australia

I never dreamed that the Andrews Government would willingly vandalise such a place by making a shabby, short-sighted, deal with Apple that virtually says a precious, rare, public space is up for sale.

Years and years ago – before I jumped the shark and became a politician – I actually wrote a rare letter of praise to a politician. I congratulated the then-Premier, Jeff Kennett, for having the guts and vision to tear down the ugly old Gas & Fuel towers and create Federation Square.

Yesterday, I found something I had written 15 years ago. It said: “Hinch is enamoured with the metal and glass umbrella called Federation Square which has transformed the Flinders Street Station end of town. The artistry is not only in the architecture or inside the Sir Ian Potter Gallery. There is also artistry for foodies and wine lovers in nooks and crannies throughout the complex.”

I never dreamed that the Andrews Government would willingly vandalise such a place by making a shabby, short-sighted, deal with Apple that virtually says a precious, rare, public space is up for sale.

I applaud the Our City, Our Square campaign.⠀