HEY, we vote TOO!

HEY, we vote TOO!

30 January 2015

MAYOR BOB "SLEEPY" MANNING QUICKLY "SOLVES" AIRPORT ROAD PROBLEM WITH LITTLE COST TO RATEPAYERS


We are all saddened by the tragic death of new Cairns resident Dinah Boughton, who was merely trying to walk to the airport down a road called yesterday a "goat track" by a tourism supplier.   The Cairns Airport, TTNQ, and other tourism organisations tout how "close to town" Cairns Airport is in their advertising.  This ignoring the real facts that there is NO public bus transport to the airport, no "shared ride" services, no train, no tram, no canoes.  For the independent traveler you have a choice of a shuttle (none by any major hotel, but some provided by backpacker accommodation), taxi, or walk.  And the taxi fare to Sheridan Street is almost $15.  

And even when taking a taxi, sometimes you have to walk.  An accident along the road on Wednesday meant many passengers, uncertain of how long coppers were going to keep the road closed, ditched their cabs and hoofed it to the airport.

Discussions among many ratepayers around the city and in the coffee shops are in agreement - this road is substandard in so many ways and the Cairns Airport has not met their Duty of Care in the operation of this private road.  Hopefully a lawsuit and huge payout are in their future. 

Cairns Mayor "Sleepy Bob" Manning rushed to the rescue yesterday.  

In a stroke of genius (or maybe he's had a stroke, hard to tell with him) he announced that Council's preferred "fix" to this problem is:


SIGNS CLOSING THE ROAD TO PEDESTRIANS





Just when we believe we've heard the stupidest thing imaginable from a local politician, Bob Manning lets a little more water out of the gene pool.

What about bicycles, Bob?  What about the bad lighting, Bob?  What about this being a one-road-access airport, Bob?  

The job of local government is to solve problems using public money.  You have yet to display any skill at this at all, instead boasting that Cairns Council had a "profit" last year.  

And problems with the airport road were the same WHEN YOU WERE RUNNING THE AIRPORT as Chair of the Port Authority.  Why didn't YOU fix the thing, Bob?  

To the family of Dinah Boughton - our deepest apologies for our ignorant Mayor who with this insensitive comment has attempted to shift blame for this accident to Dinah - "she shouldn't have been walking there", according to our Mayor.

This is unfortunately what passes for intellect in FNQ.  

UPDATE:  Cr. John Schilling today continued the Mayor's attempt to "blame the victim" by saying "a footpath wouldn't help, she was crossing the road".  

29 January 2015

THE FRAUD OF GOVERNMENT PRIVATISATION AS PROPOSED BY THE LNP AND DEFENDED BY GAVIN KING AND MICHAEL TROUT

With so much juicy news on the election to report (gag!), we're still off on a tangent about the Cairns Airport.

We consider the renewed focus on this once publicly owned asset a useful look at the problems of privatisation as proposed by the LNP.

Sadly, most of the privatisations done in Australia have been on the British model with no continuing oversight by the government.  And these have gone badly in the UK, as you can read here.  


THE CAIRNS AIRPORT - PEOPLE'S EXHIBIT #1

The airport was sold by the Bligh ALP government to a consortium of investment funds, aka the vulture capitalists.  While some of these funds are comprised of our pooled superannuation investments, it's unclear if this is the case with our airport.  Despite this being THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF INFRASTRUCTURE IN CAIRNS, there is no public oversight or feedback into the operation.  Sure, you can write a letter when something goes wrong, but anyone that has done so gets the same response.  Nothing.  It isn't just that they don't give a shit about the public, it's that when Anna Bligh sold the airport, public oversight wasn't even a condition of the sale.

Don't like how the airport is being run?  Free market economics can fix it - GO USE THE OTHER AIRPORT!

Oh, wait - there isn't one!  

Lack of real competition is the fatal flaw when governments sell off public utilities without any watchdogs.  Victoria copped this lesson years ago.  Why would we let Campbell Newman, or ANY government, do it to us?  

The only privatisation that's gone well was Telstra.  While no oversight was provided by the Howard government for this sale, there is robust competition (think Skype) that did the job for us.

Kevin Brown and his Cairns Airport board of directors can wake up tomorrow and shut the airport down if they want.  THEY OWN IT.


CAIRNS AIRPORT UPGRADES

Since privatisation, there have been only two major infrastructure projects done by the private owners of the Cairns Airport.

The most significant was a $15M upgrade to the International Terminal.  Did they add seating to accommodate the known shortfall of seats at busy times?  Nope.  What about the steep, dangerous stairs all passengers must negotiate after a long international flight from the arrival tunnel to the customs and baggage hall?   Despite reports that these stairs see at least one fall per day, they did (and continue to do) nothing.  Did they fix the unintelligible public address system?  Nope.  

Instead, the $15M was used to redesign the arrival and departure access - to force all the passengers to walk thru the (poor value) duty free shop.  A requirement of their contract with the duty free shop vendor.  Even the duty free vendor was smart enough to put conditions in their contract to benefit their business.

Why doesn't the public get protective and oversight conditions in our sales of public assets?  

The upgrade to the domestic terminal was no better.  After the last major upgrade (underway when the airport was sold to the vulture capitalists), the Cairns Airport boasted that "terminal floor space was doubled".  This was not to increase the size of the passenger waiting room,  but for more shops and restaurants.  At busy hours the terminal still doesn't have enough seating.  

Did they install aerobridges for all the gates so that passengers don't need to walk thru the rain to the slippery stairs of their airplane?  No.  

Instead they installed expensive, covered parking for the "elite" local traveler - likely the same crowd that pays $80 for a lunch at the Casino.

It's still impossible for locals, arriving or departing the airport in a private car, to get to or from the terminal without walking in the rain.  Airport employees are also forced to use a carpark that requires a walk in the rain (without any marked crosswalk) to get to their jobs - flight attendants with their luggage.

Sure, Kevin Brown spreads some airport dosh around to his tourism buddies to sponsor some events. Their only "locals" initiative however is just a cruel trick.  



They advertise "10 Minutes Free Parking".  NO ONE can get mum from the carpark to the terminal, say goodbye, and get back to their cars in 10 minutes.  And the penalty for this little piece of airport chicanery?  It'll cost you a $Fiver to get your car out.  

And bring your credit card.  The owners of the Cairns Airport sacked the car park cashiers years ago.


GAVIN KING SLEAZY DIRTY TRICKS BEGIN - SIGNALING HIS FEAR HE'S LOST HIS GOVERNMENT JOB

You know we're close to the end when the obvious losers start their desperate and despicable smears.


GAVIN KING ATTACK ADS SUPPOSEDLY
COMING FROM THIS BLOCK
IN BRISBANE

Yesterday, a website appeared filled with inaccuracies and lies about Cr. Rob Pyne.  Example - it says Pyne voted "NO" on a 500 unit development in Clifton Beach in order to kill jobs and development. Nonsense.  This "NO" vote was the catalyst to get the (now bankrupt) developer to reduce the number of units on the site, which most Clifton Beach residents would agree has been a disaster even with the unit reduction.

"NO" votes are by councillors are expected and in fact a badge of honor, indicating independence and a strong set of principles.  This is what's been wrong with Gavin King - he has no ethics or morals, and will vote "yes" for any old crap that his political masters put in front of him.

Like all political ads, this one is said to belong to "B Measures, 5/3 Heath Street, East Brisbane, Qld".  There seems to be no such person, and the location is a run down apartment building.

The website is in fact registered to Nick Lyngcoln and a family trust that also operates a dodgy marketing business with his two brothers, Daniel and Peter.  Daniel, who bills himself the "idea man", I guess is responsible for the idea of making up a phony endorsement and location for this website.  Nick's career achievement after his North Shore Sydney private school education?  Selling sugar water for Schweppes!


THE THREE LYNGCOLN BROTHERS.  THEIR THIRD-RATE MARKETING
COMPANY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ONE OF THE MOST DESPICABLE
SMEAR ADS IN CAIRNS ELECTORAL HISTORY

The Lyngcolns have known business connections with Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King.  This is irrefutable fact.

So the only real question - did Gavin King authorise and pay for this pack of lies?

Come'on Gavin, give us an answer.  Any time, any place.  Is this your political shit?

28 January 2015

CAIRNS CHAMBER HOLDS $80 LUNCH TO ANOINT PRO-BUSINESS CANDIDATES - WHILE CAIRNS AIRPORT ROAD SEES ANOTHER TRAGEDY DUE TO "BUSINESS SCREWS THE PUBLIC" CHAMBER MENTALITY

CEO OF CAIRNS AIRPORTS KEVIN BROWN
SPEAKING FROM HIS OFFICE AT THE
MACKAY AIRPORT??
At lunch today, the Cairns Chamber of Commerce held a private luncheon to push their business agenda at a so-called "debate" among the local parliamentary candidates.  

It's unclear how this kind of "debate" with the big end of town is representative of the average Cairns voter.  Few of whom can afford $80 for a hotel lunch.  In fact a large number of voters in Cairns would consider themselves lucky if their entire food budget were $80 A WEEK.  Including many of the minimum-wage workers serving this mob.


Moderating this audience was the profoundly anti-Labor, anti-women, anti-everything -  John MacKenzie.  


AFTERMATH OF TAXI CRASH OFF THE
VERY DANGEROUS CAIRNS AIRPORT
ACCESS ROAD
Among those in the audience was Kevin Brown, CEO of Cairns Airport.  He's been in the media a lot recently - including a recent TV appearance where he's heard appealing for more public money to market the airport.  Given that Cairns Airport is a privately held company, isn't marketing the airport THEIR business cost?  What return on investment does the taxpayer get from giving cash to the Cairns Airport company?  

Shouldn't the owners of the Cairns Airport be marketing their property???

But the airport road is also their business asset, one which has seen one pedestrian run down and killed this week and while Kevin Brown was dining has seen a taxi crash off the road and into the mangroves.  

Note from the TV interview with Kevin Brown - behind him isn't the logo of the Cairns Airport, but the MacKay Airport.  Both airports are owned by the same vulture capital companies who clearly don't care how many tourists they maim coming in and out of their airports.  

Profit the #1 goal.

John MacKenzie continually squawks that a tourist killed by a crocodile "would ring the death knell on the Cairns tourist industry".  How many tourists do you have to kill on the airport access road before they stop coming?




27 January 2015

PEDESTRIAN KILLED ON AIRPORT ROAD - THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN STATE ASSETS ARE SOLD WITH NO RULES, NO REGULATIONS AND ARSEHOLE BANKERS CARE ONLY FOR MAXIMUM PROFITS


WE TOLD YOU SO!


CAIRNS AIRPORT HAS PLENTY OF MONEY TO STOP
US FROM DOING WHAT IS DONE IN OTHER
MAJOR AIRPORTS
This blog has been on record since June of 2011 about the dangerous and anti-passenger operation of the Cairns Airport.  The Cairns Airport has ignored these conditions, and now has blood on their hands.

Cairns Airport Pty. Ltd. is what you get when you sell off public assets to profit-only banker arseholes without any performance standards or public oversight of the asset.  This isn't just an LNP problem, it's an ALP problem, too.  It's no wonder the public doesn't believe a word anyone says about the selling of public assets.  We know the truth.  Selling public assets kills people.



IT'S CRAZY.


WONDERFUL TROPICAL DESIGN!
Now we've got Campbell Newman wanting to sell huge chunks of the public asset base off and we all know there is NO plan for any control over the purchasers.



IT'S CRAZY.

In almost all advanced countries, public utility assets (electricity, telephone, internet, airport, water, etc) operate under strict controls by the government in order to prevent the public from being gouged.  In California, America for example, there exists a "Public Utilities Commission" who's job is regulation of these utilities - including maximum profit.  All rate increases MUST be approved by the PUC.  It's the same across most of the world.


Except in Australia you see, we flog off the assets to banker arseholes and then lay back to get raped by them.  Sydney has the highest fees for aircraft and parking IN THE WORLD.


Even locally, we lay back and let the owners of petrol stations get rich off us as they clearly are colluding on fuel prices and strategy.  It was the owner of a Cairns servo that paid $900k for a "limited edition" Holden Monaro.  Where do you think he got this money??? 



IT'S CRAZY!

So Cairns Airport Pty. Ltd. is being run for the banker arseholes by Kevin Brown, who's now got the blood of Dinah Boughton on his hands.  He might as well have run her over himself.  The deficiencies with the airport road have been known by him for YEARS.  Too narrow.  No guardrails.  No footpath.  Bad lighting.  He's been the tool of the corporate owners that has STOPPED any money being spent on needed upgrades.  Kevin Brown's actions, along with the Member for Cairns Gavin King, have finally killed someone. 


After years of complaints the airport "fixed' the lighting last year - by putting in a different kind of bulb to save energy.  Fuck that, the lighting should have been trebled.  Instead they invest big money in overhead signage advertising Chinese oil companies.  WTF!

The airport has consistently sided with Cairns Taxis to block any low-cost transport to/from the airport.  No regular bus service.  No shuttle service.  Why?  To line the pockets of taxi companies - who provide a very marginal service to begin with.  All tourists can't afford the $30 fare to the airport, and the only option is walking.  Cairns Airport made these decisions!



Kevin Brown is running the only international airport in Australia that doesn't have some kind of free passenger wifi system.  No, we view everyone as a sucker to be milked.  We even screw the outbound passengers on Tim Tams - $4 for a "mini" package that sells for $1.40 at Coles!

Now we'll see self-appointed experts hired by the airport come out and make minimal changes, just like the nonsense built at the substandard roundabouts for the bicyclists.  All because we have no political leadership with any balls. 




Gavin King has known about these problems and has done
nothing.  He even posted about in on Facebook until he realized that this was a horrible look for Cairns and Cairns tourism.  This, from the Ass. Tourism Minister!

Read HBW reports on the airport going back YEARS. Kevin Brown needs to be sacked. Gavin King needs to be sacked.  Period.




Our heartfelt condolences to the family of Dinah Boughton

26 January 2015

MICHAEL TROUT AUSSIE DAY COMEDY SADLY HIGHLIGHTS HOW INEFFECTIVE OUR MP'S ARE AT REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE

With Palm Cove the site of the annual Australia Day festivities, while cooking snags (what, no eggs anymore Council?) we watched the Michael Trout Barron River Comedy show get underway.


Promptly at 7:10, Michael Trout was driving his electoral car in the Esplanade, looking for our location.  On his phone to an aide he could be heard shouting "it wasn't there the last time" as he looked in vain without realising the Council had moved everything to the Jetty.

As he maneuvered his car back towards the north end of Palm Cove, he saw the arrival of some 40 bikies on an array of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.  'Bikies!  Oh my god!  What should I do!", said Trouty.

Trout sat in his car a full ten minutes on his telephone, calling for instructions from the LNP heirarchy who had made anyone with a motorbike a villain.

Meanwhile the Federal Minister for Bloggers Warren Entsch arrived (alone), moving quickly past the gathering bikies and heading straight for the libation tent.  Hair of the dog, ya' know.

The second call Trouty made was to our local police assistant
THREE OF THE QUEENSLAND POLICE FINEST
FORM A GAUNTLET IN LAWN CHAIRS
superintendent.  'Please", he implored.  'I need protection from these thugs and ratbags', he told the police.  'Are you talking about your own family, Mr. Trout' the police said, trying to clarify what criminal ratbags he was talking about.


So finally at 7:25, police officers arrived at Palm Cove and were stationed in chairs around Mr. Trout's little marquee.  

Only then did Michael Trout feel safe walking to a community festival at the height of an election campaign.  He was on the phone however, still getting instructions from some LNP hack on the bikies. . . . 

The fact is that FNQ has NO representation for the people.  It's all representation of the party leadership, back someplace 2000km away.  We frankly believe Curtis Pitt is no better, and in some ways worse, getting his seat only because daddy had it.  But Robin Quick?  Yeeeech.  

Trout KNOWS the truth about the Trinity Inlet dredging project.  Trout KNOWS the truth about Aquis.  But his leaders and taxpayer pay packet are more important than US, and he's been told to STFU.

What else do you need to know?


21 January 2015

LOCAL CAIRNS LNP MP'S PROVIDED WITH PORTS NORTH DREDGING EIS AND YET STILL WITHHELD FROM PUBLIC? WE CALL ON PORTS NORTH TO UNDERTAKE IMMEDIATELY AN INVESTIGATION INTO THIS BREACH OF THE FRAUD AND CORRUPTION POLICY.

On the Cueball show this past Tuesday, Minster for the Environment Greg Hunt was a guest of 4CA (have you noticed how the LNP gets "guest spots" and yet both MacKenzie and his fellow 4CA LNP supporter Michael Kelly only make phone calls to the ALP).

Elvis Ashwell, who was one of the original supporters of cruise ship dredging of the Trinity Inlet, asked the Minister point blank if the LNP commitment was still good.  Hunt said "yes", and then asked Michael "Not the Black Sheep" Trout to waffle on his behalf.

Trouty then let the cat out of the bag, saying . . "originally in 2012 when the Premier made that commitment, was a $40M commitment; ONCE THE EIS HAD CAME OUT, (stutter, stutter), CERTAINLY HE HAD LIFTED THAT VALUE TO SOME $90M" 

Elvis then asked "so with the costings of what Gavin (King) said last week regarding it being from $200M to up to $250M, where does he get that figure from".  Trouty than repeats again "this is part of the EIS, they've done the costings". . .



So our LNP members confirm that THEY have copies of the inlet dredging EIS despite the document supposedly being in an independent, non-political process!  Michael Trout refers to the EIS "coming out". . . .it's only "come out" to LNP insiders in Cairns.  Apparently even Minister Hunt isn't aware that the document is being circulated secretly in Cairns!

Gavin King has said repeatedly that he hasn't seen the document as it is confidential until released.  However Michael Trout has now confirmed that both he and King have seen the document.  These clowns can't even get their stories straight!

We remind the community that Ports North management is a
political plum doled out by the government of the day.  When Newman was elected in 2012, the ALP-appointed management was out and in came LNP political hacks - including one of the most sinister, lawyer Brett Moller.  Moller, said to be the one who ousted the first Cairns LNP preselection candidate Paul Freebody, continues to serve as president of the Cairns Chamber of Commerce and Industry (not to be confused with the Cairns Chamber of Commerce) while Moller took up his appointment as Chair of Ports North.  

Moller was responsible for production of the Trinity Inlet dredging EIS.  So where is the leak of this report to our local LNP members, and why can't we get a straight answer from them when they obviously have confirmed they are aware of the contents and conclusions??

Readers can decide for themselves if this violates the Ports North Fraud Control and Corruption Policy.  We call on CEO Chris Borland to undertake such an investigation to determine why this independent report has been provided to our local LNP members, who else has been given this confidential report, and other details surrounding this sordid affair.

LNP ANNOUNCES NEW TOURISM FUND - WITH ASS TOURISM MINISTER GAVIN KING NOWHERE IN SIGHT!

Campbell Newman called a big press conference yesterday to announce a major election bribe investment in the Queensland tourism business.


GAVIN KING PHOTOBOMBS LNP PRESS CONFERENCE
WITH REMINDER OF HIS MOST SUCCESSFUL
TOURISM CAMPAIGN - BOLT FOR CAIRNS
Newman made the announcement at the Gold Coast alongside Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey - with our Ass Tourism Minister Gavin "Chinese are freaks and weirdos" King nowhere in sight.  King's "missing-in-action" representation of Cairns is a serious issue for the voters to consider.

Big projects were mooted by Newman to be undertaken with this money - but there was NO mention of any use of this honeypot for Cairns.  Again.  Sigh.

Newman is also said to be considering MORE hundreds of millions to the Gold Coast light rail line, a tourism project that saw almost $2BILLION in taxpayer money thrown at the Gold Coast.

Tourists and residents of Cairns can't even get a fucking bus home from New Year's Eve celebrations - all thanks to the Member for Cairns

These announcements come on top of a promised $140M in road upgrades for the Gold Coast, announced by Federal Minister Emerson yesterday.  Minister for Blogs Warren Entsch has snagged Cairns none of this money - doing the same "missing-in-action" representation as Gavin King.  This useless dugong will be the next to be ejected.

Good transport is vital to a healthy and growing tourism economy.  That's why Gavin King's flaccid performance in this portfolio is just another reason for him to go.  He's so irrelevant to Newman and the tourism policies that he isn't even invited to the announcements, despite his ass minister title!

And then Newman's decided to flush another $60 Million down the
dunny, with this money to be "gifted" to the Hollywood film industry.  Can anyone name one Queensland-produced film or other "celebrity" event that has resulted in any extra tourists to Australia?  No, of course not.  And with the 25% decline in the Australian dollar exchange rate with the US$, there is no reason for any more Hollywood corporate welfare.  

With the LNP throwing Cairns under the bus, the next sound you'll hear will be the voters for FNQ throwing their LNP failures under the bus.



14 January 2015

THE BULLSHIT COMMITTMENTS CONTINUE FROM MICHAEL TROUT AS THE BRISBANE LNP DOG WAGS THE IMPOTENT MEMBER FOR BARRON RIVER

"BUT TIM, WE HAVE TWO BRIDGES
THAT NEED TO BE UPGRADED". 

"SHUT UP AND BE HAPPY WE DID THIS"
We were gobsmacked at the nonsensical announcement by MP's Michael Trout and Gavin King as they stood with LNP puppet master and Treasurer Tim Nicholls proffering an unneeded upgrade to the Cook Highway.

When taxi drivers who use this airport access daily call the proposed solution bullshit, you can see the idea is Dead On Arrival.  Just so much election detritus.

But then Michael Trout has done it again!

On Tuesday, Michael Trout stood out on the Western Arterial Highway, promising that the LNP would  fund a $1.5M PLANNING STUDY for duplication of what is called the Bill Fulton Bridge.  This is the bridge, built in 1998, over the Freshwater Creek floodplain, which completed the ability of the highway to provide a flood-proof route for residents north of the Barron River.

It is also the main bypass to the Cairns CBD for truck traffic, along with tourists with caravans and others bound for the north.  Townsville is on the verge of having completed a real freeway bypass around the western side of their city - a project costing over $1B.

Traffic levels on the Western Arterial Highway already exceed the design capacity of the road, so duplication of this bridge is overdue.  As this is a bridge duplication, it isn't clear what $1.5M buys - go find the original blueprints, and make a copy? 

The announcement was accompanied by the usual scary
electioneering - "If an ambulance had to traverse Cairns when the Cook Highway was flooded, it could have fatal consequences", blah, blah.

But this bridge is just one part of the inadequate infrastructure on the Western Arterial Road.  


WHAT ABOUT DUPLICATION OF THE BARRON RIVER BRIDGE, MR. TROUT???

WHAT ABOUT DUPLICATION OF THE BALANCE OF THE HIGHWAY, MR. TROUT???

WHAT ABOUT THE BOTTLENECK DESIGN PROBLEMS AT THE CARAVONICA SCHOOL, MR. TROUT???

You can't just fix one bridge and think you've fixed the problem, Mr. Trout.  Did you explain that to your LNP puppet masters?  "At the time of building, restricting the bridge to two lanes guaranteed future bottlenecks".  Sorry, those are your words, Trouty.   And the Barron River bridge is currently a deathtrap for cyclists, with its substandard, narrow construction.  Cost savings by other bullshit politicians from years gone by.  


Meanwhile yesterday alone Campbell Newman dumped almost $1 Billion in promises into the Brisbane area - including a $170M upgrade to a highway intersection and $532M for duplication of a rail line.  

This bridge duplication PLANNING STUDY is just another bullshit promise from the LNP for Cairns.  Billions get spent in Brisbane while we get more studies to nowhere.

And the worst part?  Michael Trout stands shoulder-to-shoulder with these bullshit merchants, smiling and laughing, instead of standing up for the people of Cairns.

Michael Trout should lose just for being such a spineless, flaccid hippocrite and failing to represent the needs of his constituents.


13 January 2015

JOHN MACKENZIE PRAISES INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE FOR ATTACKING "LATTE SET" IN BRISBANE, THEN PROVES AGAIN WHY FNQ POPULATION SEEN AS BACKWATER HILLBILLY BIGOTS

One of the first items of business today for John "Cueball" MacKenzie was to heap praise on the independent candidate for the seat of Mackay, Julie Boyd.  Ms. Boyd is a former Mayor of Mackay and is well-positioned to understand how the voters in Northern Queensland are being shortchanged by both political parties.

Ms. Boyd lost preselection to John Kerslake at the last state election, so she's clearly from the LNP side of politics.  

MacKenzie was waxing enthusiastic for Julie Boyd because
of published comments where she's been critical of Queensland governments on both sides of politics treating North Queensland as a social and political backwater.

A good point, diminished however by comments MacKenzie made just minutes earlier.

During a MacKenzie "diatribe" about the dredging of the Trinity Inlet, he's made the comment "the n***** in the woodpile is the cost of the (dredge) spoil being treated" (before being used as landfill).



Nothing says "social backwater" like use of the "N" word on the local radio station.

Perhaps Ms. Boyd should reconsider how far north her defense of North Queenslanders should be applied.

#mackenziecairnsbigot


GAVIN KING & MICHAEL TROUT, UNABLE TO GET REAL INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS FOR CAIRNS, FORCED BY LNP TO PROMISE ONLY NONSENSE

In an idiotic announcement by Gavin King & Michael Trout, these two "leaders" have made policy commitments for projects that are, frankly, stupid.


GAVIN KING EXPLAINING TO
PREMIER JOH BJELKE NEWMAN WHY
UNSHAVEN AND SHORT PANTS
ARE THE DRESS CODE AT THE
KERIBA OMASKER SERVICES
Yesterday these two failed representatives (who have failed to get *REAL* projects underway from the last election, including Aquis and the Trinity Inlet Dredging) lined up for photo ops at the airport turnoff from the Cook Highway.

Their announcement?  Adding more right-turn capacity from the northbound Cook Highway instead of fixing the real problem.  THIS PROBLEM WAS FIXED BY OPENING LAKE STREET TO THE AIRPORT ROAD!  The Department of Main Roads has confirmed with us that the right-turn arrow traffic light cycle from the Cook Highway to the Airport Road has been reduced dramatically due to the diversion of the city traffic to Lake Street.  

Insiders have reported that in fact there is no capacity on the intersection to allow two-lane turns into the Airport Road without blocking the intersection to southbound traffic - the last result that this intersection needs.

What has motivated the announcement of this patently stupid "solution"?

Just six months ago, Gavin King praised the opening of the new Lake Street access and then said "I'd like to see an alternative entry/exit to the airport from the northside.  If you can have an entry/exit point on that northern end, that will certainly alleviate some of those problems on the existing entry point".  Another reasonable and sensible idea.  But Gavin King is too weak a member to sell a real solution to his LNP leaders.  Instead, he's told "here's $6M, Gavin.  Do something with it", and given a pat on the arse.  

DTMR insiders also confirm that the offered $6M is inadequate to so the proposed work, and alleviate this congestion.  King FAILED at getting any money from the State for the new Lake Street intersection.  Not one buck.  

Siamese twin Michael "Hide the Backhoe" Trout stood
shoulder-to-shoulder with King at this announcement alongside Treasurer Tim Nicholls.  What's Michael Trout's plan to address the 50% increase in commute times from the Northern Beaches to the city that have occurred during his term as the Member for Barron River?

When the treasurer was asked about a "real" solution to the congestion, an overpass, Nicholls called that "more than optimistic".  LNP-speak for "we're not spending any money in Cairns, mate.  We don't give a stuff about you".


Well, Trouty's got nothing.  

However he DID announce that he can get this electorate $500k to "upgrade" the walking tracks on Mt. Whitfield.  

Huh?  We thought this was a joke when we read it.

It's clear neither King nor Trout have heard anything the electorate has been telling them for 2 1/2 years.  Where is the investment in Cairns by the LNP government they represent?  The voters across Cairns are angry that they're being shortchanged by the Newman LNP government on infrastracture.  Brisbane is getting a $2.5B government office building and more tunnels and bridges.  Cairns gets. . . .an unneeded intersection upgrade and another walking track?

WTF is wrong with this picture?


09 January 2015

ABBOTT SAYS "IF YOU DON'T LIKE SOMETHING, YOU DON'T KILL PEOPLE FOR SAYING IT" - BUT IN QUEENSLAND YOU'LL GET ARRESTED FOR SPEAKING YOUR MIND TO OUR SHORT-TEMPERED LNP POLLIES

Brisbane satirist Iain Fogarty, a long-time opponent of Joh Bjelke Newman, felt the full boot of the Joh government this week for a clever but apparently unappreciated stunt.  

Fogarty was frog-marched away from a Brisbane Central rally for the LNP's Robert Cavallucci for MERELY WEARING A T-SHIRT EMBLAZONED WITH THE PHRASE "I'M WITH STUPID".

Three police cars, a police supervisor, and a paddy wagon saw Fogarty taken away charged with "public nuisance".

This on the same day that Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott condemned the attacks on the satirical magazine "Charlie Hebdo" for  - - well doing the same thing.  Exposing the hierarchy to satirical attack.  It's good to see Abbott being aspirational about freedom of the press and free speech, rights that France already has secured for her citizens.

The HBW would like to take credit for this tactic - Warren
Entsch was the object in this case, over a year ago.


In other election news, we note former Mayor Kevin Byrne essentially confirmed our story this week that he had been considering a run at the state seat of Cairns for the Palmer United Party.  Byrne has finally demurred, saying that this is his decision "for now".  

In today's ComPost, Byrne was interviewed from America where he is visiting his daughter Isabel, who is attending an all-girls secondary school just outside Cleveland, Ohio.  

The school, Hathaway Brown, costs parents in this Cleveland, Ohio suburb a cool US$29,000/year   $29,000 is more than most Australian (and American) Universities.

Her caption on this Facebook photo?  

You can bet she won't be coming back to Cairns.  Like most of our smart kids, the lack of opportunities here for the educated, high achievers is only found elsewhere.  Keeping Cairns as #1 bogan community in Australia!

08 January 2015

JUDGE HIM BY THE STANDARDS HE SET FOR EVERYONE ELSE - GAVIN KING AGREES HE IS AN ABJECT FAILURE AND NEEDS TO BE VOTED OUT

Current Member for MacKenzie and Ass Tourism Minister Gavin King has always had two big problems.  Firstly, he's got a big mouth and secondly, he can't shut the fuck up.

King smoothly managed to parlay an undistinguished career at regional Murdoch newspaper (where he was seen by his senior management to be un-promotable) into this 3-year term with the Newman government.  Devoid of ideas and shunned by the LNP leadership, King (along with Michael Trout) have clearly been ostracized and sidelined by the Brisbane LNP leadership.  Only David Kempton, a lawyer, has gotten any personal respect.

This was underscored by the LNP leadership because King, as a Murdoch journalist, was distrusted the day he arrived, and his big mouth posturing sealed his fate.  And let's not forget his first week shenanigans with Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning, using personal email accounts to screw Cairns out of $38m.  A slippery one, King is.  

Cairns has suffered mightily at the incompetence of Gavin King.  Cairns has gone backwards economically because of King.  But who can sum up the performance of Gavin King better than - GAVIN KING!


(From his column in the Cairns Post).


Firstly, there's the promised dredging of the Trinity Inlet.  While we believe a cost:benefit analysis of this project doesn't begin to stack up, a promise is a promise.  This promise is in large part what King based his campaign on.  

And in a devious move, Cairns voters now won't be given the Environmental Impact Statement, which has been promised by King and Newman since last March.  With the government in caretaker mode, this report won't be going anywhere.

But the bigger issues surrounding Cairns are economic.  No one with two brain cells to rub together is counting on Tony Fung and his Aquis project.  Cairns under Gavin King has had three years of non-investment by the government, or anyone else.  (With reckoning day due to arrive for Warren Entsch soon).  Quickly scrapped after the last election were the vision to decentralise the Queensland Government by putting a department in Cairns - (we were told no one wants to live here).  The promise not to tamper with the Solar Panel Feed-in Contracts was a lie.  The '30 different agencies dealing with homelessness and mental health' system hasn't had any structural changes made to it.  And while the Brisbane area has started to rebound from the 23,000 public servants axed by Newmann, Cairns has the highest unemployment in Australia - and we didn't have any of these public servant jobs to begin with!

Other King initiatives have been fizzers.  The highly-touted air service from China lasted about has long as our government cash handout to the Chinese lasted.  King gave back $38M promised for CBD upgrades and then jumped for joy when he was able to get a measly $3M to do Lake Street, which the rest of the CBD looks shithouse.

The excrement from King has gotten so deep, even John MacKenzie, King's godfather, care barely speak to the guy anymore. 

Continued massive increases in electricity prices along with insurance premiums no one can afford, and the polls all point their fingers at others, doing nothing for the electorate in Far North Queensland.  

And let's not forget the massive LNP salary rort, which took King to almost $230,000 per year - as much as THREE Cairns families.  A salary that he apparently has taken to mean it's OK for him to carpark in disabled car parking spaces.

But, in an ironic twist of fate, Gavin King's last kick on Anna Bligh proved to be almost totally accurate.  We urge you to ponder them on election day:

'A brief flash of leadership isn't enough to sweep away years of reactionary politicking and a repeated failure to think outside the south-east Queensland Square.

That's not to say the Liberal National Party are any better.  They aren't.  Unfortunately, almost depressingly, there is only one way to look at it.

As much as I don't want to see a State Government led by the current crop of so-called leaders of the LNP, I don't think they can do any worse that the current crop of so-called leaders of the Bligh Government.'

And only in this last paragraph has King been wrong.  The LNP HAVE done worse - and Gavin King is one of the reasons why!





03 January 2015

ELECTION FOR SEAT OF CAIRNS NOW STARTING TO LOOK LIKE CHEAP ENTERTAINMENT AS CLIVE PALMER BREATHES LIFE INTO DRACULA

Rumours swirl about an early election being called by Campbell Newman as the LNP is increasingly concerned about Palmer United Party candidates "splitting" the conservative votes and giving Labor a shot at government again.

Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King, the Member for McKenzie and Michael "Hide the Backhoe" Trout from Barron River have both been MIA the last couple weeks - reportedly at the order of the LNP hierarchy.  Even politicians are astounded at the level of bullshit coming out of these two MP's, desperate to hold on to their seats despite widespread policy failures.

Their two brains were required to develop a catchy "Growing Cairns" reelection plan around "New Projects and New Infrastructure to Make Cairns Stronger".  No word on the old projects promised at the last election that haven't seen the light of day - the dredging of Trinity Inlet being the most glaring empty promise. 

While King was seen exploiting the Murray Street tragedy with claims he was a "neighbour", he's since been in hiding as the failures of the Queensland Government Transport policy in Cairns have been on display at the New Year's Eve celebrations, along with the abrupt closure of the major aviation employer SkyTrans.  King's feud with the Wild family has yet to be explained.  


A shudder is now going through the Cairns LNP with word that like Dracula rising from the grave, former Cairns Mayor Kevin "Hiding from the Pakis" Byrne is set to make another political comeback - - as Palmer United Candidate for the Seat of Cairns, in opposition to both MP Gavin King and ALP Candidate, Cairns Councillor Rob Pyne.  

The undead Byrne, who's
spent the last few years hiding in PNG as Corporate Affairs Manager for American company Interoil,  lost his unjob some time ago.  An unjob that saw him penning intellectual tomes for an Interoil newsletter like "Safety Is A Priority" and 'Spreading Around Money to Screw the Locals'.

While the Gavin King campaign machine gears up to take credit for things he didn't do and explain why all his promises have fallen short, a Byrne run for the seat will easily put an end to King's chances and enliven the race.  The short-tempered Byrne is even more of a loose cannon than Clive Palmer himself.  



02 January 2015

CAIRNS COMMUNITY BEGINNING TO SEE HOW LACK OF LEADERSHIP AND CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT SCREWS THE WORKING CLASS - NEW YEAR'S EVE TRANSPORT EXPOSES THE REAL AGENDA FOR ALL TO SEE

Working battler in Cairns?  2014 has been a disaster with 2015 shaping up to be worse.

The big end of town however is busy feathering their nests on the backs of the battlers.

The uproar over the New Year's Eve Manning-King Transport Debacle (NYEMKTD) is all the talk in the city this week.  Primary blame for this fiasco goes to Bob "Sleepy" Manning and his cost-cutting council.  Twice this year, Manning has sat before the press and crowed about the "budget surplus" his council is showing.  At the end of the fiscal year he claimed $6.5M in surplus.    And just a few weeks ago, he claims that already this year Council is showing a $2M surplus.


CAIRNS COUNCIL NOW ALLOWS BUSINESS
SIGNS ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE
AS THE BIG END OF TOWN GETS A PASS
ON EVERY LOCAL LAW 
This while we read reports that the Cairns roadsides are the trashy-ist in the country - Council services having been slashed for maintenance of the roadsides, where now weeds routinely grow a meter high.  Nothing says "Welcome to Cairns" better than piles of roadside trash on your exit from the airport.

A recent braindead caller to the Cueball radio show said to Manning, "Bob, your council is doing great, I've got no complaints".  It's easy to not offend the community when you don't take any hard decisions.  Where's the new Theater we were promised "in the first term"?  Instead we've got an insider mates deal for a new Tobruk Swimming Centre that will be a $26M white elephant.  And meanwhile Cairns nonRegional Council now doesn't have the staff to prepare events like the NYEMKTD properly.  Sleepy Manning has done what conservative governments all over Australia are now doing to us - cutting back on government-provided services.

But the sad fact about no bus services is that it brings into sharp focus what is evident about the government cutbacks.  They impact the working class, the working family, the battler family while leaving alone the big end of town who continue to get THEIR SHARE of government welfare.

Tony Abbott's government has made huge cuts in social services for the lower and middle class with means testing now implemented for programs like the School Kids Bonus.  With the door now open for means testing government programs, you can bet the thresholds will be reduced and the concept extended until ALL the programs are gone.  And to get the support of this means testing, the Abbott government agreed to kill the mining tax in order to get the votes of Clive Palmer's extortionists.

At the Federal and State levels however, strong voices of the progressive opposition and independents at least give them a good fight.  But at the Cairns Council we've got a whole different kettle of fish.  No one is raising a voice as the Cairns battler gets gutted like a fish.  

Sure, Rob Pyne raised the issue when he saw a NYE program with no transport.  But the key councillor representing the CBD didn't lift a finger, and now is busy on social media pointing the finger at everyone else.  Sunbus.  DTMR. Translink.  All are State agencies that act when directed by the Government who respond to local Councils.  The Council Manager of the Esplanade, Malcolm Robertson, hasn't had an original thought since high school.  Sorry Richie, this ball is yours.  You're bitching that "no plans are in place" is like bitching to a mirror.  This is YOUR JOB.  When you saw the NYE plans last March (assuming that you're reading anything is a dangerous concept, we know) why didn't you say "where's the public transport"??  We all KNOW why Richie - 'cause you're just as asleep as the rest of your colleagues, rocked to sleep by the Manning management plan where no one sees anything, no one questions anything.  Rubber stamp Council meetings with 9 deaf and dumb councillors.  And of course it still pays the same, much better than your job at Queensland Rail, doesn't it Richie?  

Minister of Transport Scott Emerson has pointed out that the other Councils came to the DTMR with their requirements for New Year's Eve, and they were all met by the State.  The fact is Cairns Council has removed all the pesky workers at Council who are actually engaged in service delivery.  No pesky workers, no calls to the State when we need something.  And when the failsafe, the elected councillor is out on his pushbike, the result is obvious.  

But, the Cairns Council is showing a PROFIT.  Goodonya, Sleepy Bob!

Because at the end of the day it all comes back to our representatives, and what they're doing (and mostly NOT doing) on our behalf.  We have a CRC that is run by morons who think it's supposed to run at a profit while the most disadvantaged in our city can't share in the meagre entertainment offerings being dished out to the rest.

Contrast this attitude with Bob Manning again providing MILLIONS in assistance to developers who didn't need or want the free cash.  Waiving infrastructure payments on projects that are "ready to go" is a ratepayer gift.  The infrastructure will eventually need to be built, and paid for, by us.  Ronald Reagan "trickle-down economics", widely discredited around the world, has well and truly arrived in Australia.  With Cairns at ground zero.

This Council even waives its own rules on Esplanade noise restrictions when for the elite!  Blues Fest, Rock & Roll show, even the Christmas Show - all their Fogarty Park permits require them to end the music (noise) by 10:00 PM.  But for the Amateur's Ball?  They get a wink and a nod and the first-ever permit to midnight.  Sleeping tourists be damned.  All thanks to Richie Bates who now only cares about not rocking the boat and getting another term in this cushy do-nothing job.

Fact is Richie Bates was a roaring advocate for public transport until he got into Council.  Now apparently we're all about protecting the taxi monopoly and keeping the poor and middle class out of the CBD.  Cairns is still the only international airport in Australia that has NO public bus service for the passengers.  And "shared van" transport also common around Australia to/from the airport?  Not in Cairns - where we built a special taxi bypass to the airport on Lake Street.

You always know when Cr. Bates is starting to feel cornered with the unpleasant truth - he goes on the most bizarre of attacks.  Here he tells a property renter that he's not a ratepayer, and therefore isn't entitled to any city services.  A primary school student knows that renters too pay rates, albeit indirectly through their landlords. 




When the "progressives" we've elected to keep watch on the conservatives aren't doing their job, we're well and truly stuffed.