WARREN ENTSCH FAILS THE CITIZENS OF CAIRNS. AGAIN. SIGH.

WARREN ENTSCH FAILS THE CITIZENS OF CAIRNS.  AGAIN.  SIGH.
WARREN ENTSCH FAILS THE CITIZENS OF CAIRNS. AGAIN. SIGH.

27 June 2016

DISGRACED GAVIN KING RESURFACES AGAIN AS FRAUDULENT SHILL FOR LNP AND WARREN ENTSCH

The name Gavin King makes most in Cairns want to retch.  His mercifully short time as MP and Rapist Excuser was followed by a brief stint writing historical fiction, and then a single column in the Douglas Shire Newsport - both of which confirmed that his journalism career is well and truly over.  

King is carrying the kind of Stench that doesn't go away.  All as the result of his vile views and big mouth.

It is no surprise that he's now trying to inject his venom into the current federal election - clearly at the bidding (and likely envelope of cash) from the current Minister of Blogs Warren Entsch.  It comes in the form of a "news" website that King describes as "a place of local stories and unique voices, a hub of info and a destination of debate".  Well, no promises on the debate - King's already furiously deleting contrary comments and blocking opposing viewpoints.  

Most of the website is an obvious campaign promo for Warren Entsch. 

But like all things "Gavin King", this one too is knee-deep in fraud and deceit.  

The business name is completely unregistered, and the
domain name is registered to "Tropic Trust".  And while Gavin and Leah King are selling advertising on this soon-to-be-sinking ship, they aren't registered for the GST - so there's another 10% that the government is getting screwed out of.

This source of "engaging news" has ignored six of the candidates for Leichhardt, ignored the cursing from Warren Entsch at the the Katter Party candidate (and Entsch's subsequent lying about it), along with the frequent attacks from Entsch surrogates at campaign stops (like the abuse heaped on a HBW reader at the DFO).

And of course all of the Entsch failures are never mentioned. Six years of abusively high insurance rates JUST in the Far North.  Shipbuilding contracts given to others.  No money for roads, for public infrastructure.  Years of Entsch failures - ignored by Gavin King.  

Amazing what a couple envelopes of cash can do.





15 June 2016

WARREN ENTSCH, FAILED REPRESENTATIVE: A LOOK BACK AT HIS MOST MASSIVE FAILURES - 7 in a Series

MP WARREN ENTSCH COMPARES HIS JOB TO "TREASURE HUNTING" WITH COMMENTS THAT DENIGRATE EVERY TAXPAYER IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND


In his typical blowhard style, Warren Entsch yesterday bellowed "By crikey, I will give it 1000%" when asked if his Abbott government will be assisting with the finance of a new Cairns Theatre.

1000%?  This gives few in the community comfort.  How about 1,000,000,000%?  The result will be the same - the only thing we ever get from Entsch is the 000's.

Entsch, also known as the Minister for Blogs, has been grossly ineffectual during his terms as Member for Leichhardt.  It's no wonder - his own party leaders including Tony Abbott threw Entsch under the bus a long time ago.  Entsch was at one time thought to be an up-and-coming leader in the LNP, but his big mouth, lazy persona, and drink driving conviction saw Entsch relegated to a position far, far away from the leaders in Parliament.  He's a cipher  A zero.  A placeholder.

Entsch's ignorant attitude towards us, the voters, was summed up in his statement on the theatre project yesterday.  He said "I don't know where we're going to find buried treasure, but I'm certainly keen to have a go".

Entsch actually believes that Cairns is looking for a handout.  He thinks we're a welfare case, with cup in hand, hoping for a few coins to be dropped into our community by HIS government.

OUR TAX MONEY!

It's already well-known that Cairns, and the Far North, receive far less in investment from the State and Federal governments than any other region in the country.  We send BILLION$ to the coffers of these two branches of government.  And get bugger all in return.

Entsch is a lazy arsehole.  He knows that he'd actually need to do some WORK to get the paperwork in place to get our new theatre funded.  Easier just to call it "buried treasure".  No sense getting the community all excited when he's decided it's all too hard.

Entsch knows that HIS chance of getting a dollar out of anyone is like looking for buried treasure.  That's the sad fact of Warren Entsch as our MP.  Val Schier didn't have any trouble getting almost $100M for the community.  This was pissed away by the Manning Council and Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King.

Bob "Sleepy" Manning, who already has conceded that the Cairns ratepayers will pay the whole inflated cost in order to have something underway at the next Council elections, was told by local member and Treasurer Curtis Pitt that the current so-called plans for the project are grossly inadequate to even open an application for state participation.  Pitt is said to suspect like a growing majority in the community, that the $65M is grossly inadequate to build a theatre that takes the community into the future.

Entsch was quick to take credit for the Esplanade Lagoon, although it was John Howard that stepped up, and made the announcement after being lobbied by Tom Pyne.

Entsch was anxious to announce he had "dinner with the Dalai Lama" along with his new beard, Yolanda (or maybe it's just a new moustache) - then claiming he was "spiritually recharged".  The Dalai Lama is a symbol of humility and enlightenment.  Entsch's "dinner" was along with hundreds of others. . .so much for the "humility" part.  Must have been dozing.

ARROW INDICATES LOCATION OF WARREN ENTSCH DURING HIS
"DINNER WITH THE DALAI LAMA"
So in summary:  Bob Manning says we don't need the money, Warren Entsch says a return of some of our tax money to the community is like looking for hidden treasure, and our local MP and Queensland Treasurer demands proper accountability, refusing to get drawn into a bullshit exercise.

Bloody typical. 

14 June 2016

WARREN ENTSCH, FAILED REPRESENTATIVE: A LOOK BACK AT HIS MOST MASSIVE FAILURES - 6 in a Series

Cairns Federal Member Warren Entsch, who also serves as the Minister for Blogs, can only be described as an abject failure as our elected representative.

When first elected along with the John Howard government, he looked to have the
ear of the Prime Minister and other front benchers.  While this translated into little for the Far North, Labor was unable to find any candidates to take him down.  

We should say that HBW is fully in support of same-sex marriage.  We're surprised how quickly public opinion on this subject has changed over the last 10-15 years - a change we attribute to the realisation by the public that sexuality is genetically determined.  We've seen a huge number of gay men and women, married up with straight partners in some kind of sexual identity coverup, that blow up 10 or 15 years later with disastrous consequences - usually on the children.  Elimination of these sham marriages with unsuspecting partners is good enough for us.

What most people don't know is that Warren Entsch has voted time and time again AGAINST same sex marriage, as well as domestic partnerships.  As recently as September 9, 2012, Entsch cast a NO vote on legislation he's now spruiking as his own private member's bill.  Entsch has also been reportedly heard instigating vile comments about former Cairns Mayor Val Schier - the core of which was derision at her sexuality.  Now we're supposed to believe his epiphany on gay marriage? 

But he's a pollie, and fully entitled to be on both sides of an issue.  Insert laugh track here.

In a bizarrely Brokeback Mountain-ish interview with a reporter named Tim Dick at The Age (really, you can't make this shit up) in June of 2006, Entsch describes growing up in some gay/transvestite friendly country town where he was the "blokiest bloke" around.  Wasn't that called "Petticoat Junction"? 

All of this interview occurred while Entsch was proffering photos of "his missus", posing in lingerie, to Dick.  As this was 2006, it is unclear if this was his most recent "missus", Yolonde Werner Entsch, to whom he married in 2011.  But it would seem not - Yolonde's daughter MacKenzie (named after ol' cueball???) would seem to have been born while Entsch was fondling another woman's naughty photos and proclaiming his "loving her to bits".  But we'll let someone else do the math. . .

It should also be noted that in Yolonde, who's held several very long titles in the federal government like "Acting Assistant Secretary to the Traveling Secretary to the Minister of Blogs", apparently struck up this marriage while violating the long-established principal about shitting where you eat.  She's now busy working the Entsch name like the networking pro she is.  And she's now calling herself "The Ambassador" for her connection to some locally-based hospital ship.

The inability of someone like Entsch to get married to his nephew, or any transgendered person, might have been at the core of these damaged "straight" marriages.  Hurting children and ex-partners in the process.  This is apparently at the heart of Entsch's steadfast, on-and-off support of gay marriage in Australia.

We're not here to question the validity of this, Entschy's
THIRD marriage, to a woman with just slightly more hair on her head then he has. Let's imagine, for the sake of argument, that Warren Entsch - queer as a three dollar coin - has married and divorced two other women in an unfortunate attempt to hide his secret fondness for the lifestyle of his self-described nephew, who had a "great set of boobs and short-shorts, bouncing around".  All from the Age interview.  You can't make this shit up.

The inability of someone like Entsch to get "married" to his nephew, or ANY transgendered person, might have been at the core of his failed "straight" marriages.  Not excessive drinking, or continual rumours of staff member harassment (in an office with years of staff turnover).  Is this at the core of Entsch's continual pushing for gay marriage?  While ignoring all the other serious issues in the electorate - insurance, highway and hospital investment, roads, etc.  

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

A caller to the Cueball show, discussing a meeting of a group of to protest the lack of action by Warren Entsch on the insurance issue, said "it's not a gay marriage debate, it's something REALLY important".  Quick as a whip MacKenzie, keen to deflect any criticism of his matey Entsch, remarked "what is the context for that terminology?"  Like we don't all know what a catastrophe Warren Entsch has been for Cairns.

08 June 2016

WARREN ENTSCH, FAILED REPRESENTATIVE: A LOOK BACK AT HIS MOST MASSIVE FAILURES - 5 in a Series

WARREN ENTSCH - BEFUDDLED SAD CLOWN OR DERANGED POLITICAL PSYCHOPATH?


In the space of just two weeks, Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has succeeded in pissing off friends and foes alike, with the result that the Cairns community polled now views him as an ignorant buffoon, flip-flopping like a stunned dugong.

WARREN ENTSCH PREPARES TO
PULL TURNBULL'S FINGER

First he attempted to inject his spending ideas into the local Cairns Council, offering to spend their "pot of federal money" on a stadium and his silly "tunnel to nowhere" idea while attacking plans for the long-needed Entertainment Precinct. He spoke viciously about the Cairns Mayor Schier on the "Cueball" hour, for weeks. Then, suddenly, he sees a vision and sez "yes, the Entertainment Precinct should be built on the waterfront". Leaving his former fellow allies out to dry.

Then he's spruiking to get money for the new Chinese owners of the Sheraton Mirage, claiming that "Chinese culture likes tangible government commitments". Warren, mate, it's called a bribe - that's Chinese business culture, not ours. A few beheadings for political corruption in Australia might not be such a bad idea. 

Then of course the Entschy-generated email sent as a thinly-veiled attack against Malcolm Turnbull, whom Entsch has privately described as "one o' them misguided intellectuals". Yup, what the LNP needs is more closeted homos - let's run that by the voters in Wentworth.

Yesterday, reports of Entch's disgust with LNP Candidate for Cairns, Paul Freebody were all the rage. Actually, this was the first sensible position Warren's taken all year - Freebody is an even bigger clown than Wazza and his preselection for the seat of Cairns will guarantee an LNP loss despite enormous anger against Labor in Cairns. Freebody's now painting himself, his failed waterpark, and failing carwash as a "victim" of the GFC, when in fact he's just a victim of his own greed and big mouth. And yet today Entsch rolls over like a Christmas goose, issuing a media statement backing down the same day he tells the Cairns Post he stood by his previous statements!

Don't forget his outsourcing of his website to Brisbane while attacking Council for not protecting local jobs. Or his employment of bankrupt Danae Jones as full-time media advisor, after she failed to pay employees and contractors around the town.

Whew! We're exhausted just keeping track of it all!

Then there's the story that the Cairns Post won't cover - Entsch's financial relationship with failed company the CEC Group (CEG), where he was director and chairman during a critical time that the company stopped paying entitlements, superannuation, and other required company payments. ASIC is investigating Entsch as part of their criminal probe into the failure of CEC, where Entsch was still a "consultant" as the house of cards collapsed.

You can't make this shit up!

These are the acts of a deranged madman, only interested in what he can get for himself. The kind of politician that MUST GO, regardless of party or ideology. 

WARREN ENTSCH: SICK JACKASS OR DERANGED PSYCHOPATH?
OR NOW CRIMINAL CORPORATE CONSPIRATOR?
YOU DECIDE!


04 June 2016

BILLY GORDON JUST A JERK - BUT NOT FOR DRINK DRIVING

Politicians across Far North Queensland have been silent after the arrest of Member for Cook Billy Gordon.  Not just drink driving at double the limit, but sans any sort of driving licence.  

All the public bleating about Gordon's lack of licence.  What's that about?  I don't recall seeing anything that says driving is a requirement for Parliamentary service.  Now that his electorate knows, it might be a consideration in an electorate this big.  But the bleating is nonsensical.  STFU.

4CA SLEAZEBALL JOHN MACKENZIE
INTERVIEWS LNP SLEAZEBALL
The lack of political attacks underscore the reality of North Queensland life.  There are few in leadership roles in Cairns that haven't been scooped up for drink driving.  Or in days gone by, been pulled up by the constables but slipping the net after payment of a few quid.

That includes the current Member for Leichhardt and Minister for Blogging, Warren Entsch.  

Just more evidence showing the lack of leadership by Warren Entsch.





02 June 2016

WARREN ENTSCH, FAILED REPRESENTATIVE: A LOOK BACK AT HIS MOST MASSIVE FAILURES - 4 in a Series


Warren Entsch, Minister for Bloggers and Member of Parliament in the Seat of Leichhardt, is a lying jackass.  He's been a continual failure for Far North Queensland, a continued failure as an LNP member, and is distrusted not only by the Cairns community but his fellow MP's as well.  These are facts without much dispute.  

But the Entsch fuck-ups are now reaching heights that have even his handful of paid spinmeisters shocked today.

Most residents in Far North Queensland today got an email from Australia Post that strikingly confirms that Entsch not only is a liar, but is working to undermine the battlers in a way that is breathtaking.

Australia Post, in their struggle to develop new services for the public, has rolled out new insurance services said to be "competitive and affordable".  Included in this roll-out in today's email is "Gold Home and Contents Insurance".  

So this new government-funded service, underwritten by all of the residents of Far North Queensland, is NOT AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS OF FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND!  Start filling out the application and insert your FNQ address, and the website immediately says "UNFORTUNATELY WE ARE NOT PROVIDING OUR SERVICES AT YOUR LOCATION".


Go try it yourself and be disgusted!!!   


With Cairns in a longstanding insurance crisis (THE SKY IS FALLING, THE SKY IS FALLING! shrieks John MacKenzie daily), we now find that our taxpayer-supported AusPost insurance service IS REDLINING FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND!

This sadly is just one more fuck-up among years of fuck-ups by Warren Entsch.  You've got to wonder what he's doing when he's in Canberra besides giving interviews about gay marriage.  He's got zero credibility with his colleagues, so he gets nothing done.  He repeatedly spins a tissue of fantasy about all the "work" he's doing for us.  It's self-promotion and baldfaced lies. 

Entsch has been one of the vocal "leaders" who have been trying to get the Queensland Government to rescind the minor port status of Cairns, a status pushed by Gavin King and Campbell Newman during the LNP's abortion government. 

This while Entsch has known full well that the Reef 2050 Plan, proposed and finalised by his own LNP Abbott government, prohibits Cairns from being dredged.  A prohibition not only part of this final agreement, but also agreed with the United Nations.  Entsch continues to vilify environmental organisations like the Pew Research Center (a non-partisan public advocacy, praised just today by Pope Francis on his first visit to the United States).  Pew and the Greens have had nothing to do with this agreement.  IT'S ALL ON THE LIBERAL PARTY, Entschy!  Did you sleep through it?? 

But as the recently discovered letter from LNP Federal Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt, there is NO CHANCE that Queensland can make this change to the Cairns Port.  NONE.

A fact that Warren Entsch, Lying Weasel Extraordinaire, has known for over a year.

So afraid is Entsch of being exposed as a worthless charlatan, he continues to spin lies thinking he'll be able to bullshit his way into one more term.  

Fat chance, fat boy.

Warren Entsch couldn't even stop Australia Post, another government agency, from fucking us over!

He bellows and blusters to LNP mouthpiece Cueball MacKenzie that he's "backing fully the efforts to get the port dredged".  All while knowing the show's over.  Even hardcore LNP locals have begun to question why Entsch is spending all of his time trying to legitimise sodomy instead of doing his job.  

The big question today????

Why is a GOVERNMENT INSURANCE AGENCY being allowed to discriminate against the homeowners of Far North Queensland?

01 June 2016

CAIRNS AIRPORT "CONTEST" - STUPID, CORRUPT, PROBABLY ILLEGAL. REX AIR PILOT TAKING INSTAGRAM PHOTOS WHILE FLYING. REALLY??

CAIRNS AIRPORT "DIGITAL MEDIA
COORDINATOR" ARRIVES FOR WORK
Like many large organisations across Australia, last year the Cairns Airport hired a "Digital Media Coordinator".  The job is to post (some) relevant or important information to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  And apparently a lot of drivel.  I know what you're thinking - "these millennials are putting this shit up while they're DRIVING - why would the Cairns Airport PAY anyone to do it".  

Well they do.  And while unproven as a marketing tool, it has become necessary for big companies to LOOK like they're doing a marketing job on the internet.


So the Cairns Airport hired one Brent Adams (native of Norfolk Island) to be the Digital Media Coordinator.  (IG @brentadams88)  He sits at his desk all day posting to Instagram, Twitter, and other internet media.  Hard to understand why someone from Norfolk Island would have been hired when JCU has so many IT graduates that are unemployed.  

While ostensibly reporting to the head of corporate marketing, it's unclear if Adams is getting any management supervision at all judging from the nonsense that's been going on the last couple weeks.


The Cairns Airport AVGEEK PHOTO CONTEST.  This contest was apparently designed to stimulate interest (and photo postings) to the Cairns Airport Instagram account.  The contest idea was poached from another airport (perhaps Berlin), and required the photos to be hash tagged "#avgeekCNS".  From this you can see that the "contest" was a complete flop.  About 30 entries from only about 12 people.

The prize?  1 hour escorted time "on the tarmac" of the airport.  How is this a prize?   Do they have to load some baggage in a plane, too?   

Australian law requires that everyone in secure areas of the airport have a security clearance.  The "prize" is clearly illegal.  But it gets worse.


YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS SHIT UP.

Not to worry, because the winner and runner-up are both airline employees.  The winning photograph was taken from the cockpit of an airliner parked at the gate.  And the runner-up from the tarmac.  Not exactly a "fair" contest now, was it Brent?  But with virtually no entries, I guess you go with what you've got.  A blurry thru-the-window photo of the terminal isn't very interesting.

The winner, IG @ShaunCSL, has plenty of photo experience
REGIONAL EXPRESS (REX) Pilot
ShaunCSL.  Really?
as one can see on his Instagram.  These photos and videos include many taken from the cockpit of his Rex Airlines SAAB 340 WHILE IN FLIGHT over Cape York!  Including one on final approach to Karumba.  Because you see, Shaun is a PILOT for REX.  We're not allowed to text and drive.  Are you telling me it's OK for our pilots to be TEXTING AND FLYING??? 



YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS SHIT UP.

We've asked the Cairns Airport for a "please explain" on the contest.  We're unclear who's responsible for texting-while-piloting - we've put in a call to Rex Airlines, but no answer from them, either. 

Brent Adams is supposed to be PROMOTING Cairns.  His Instagram is filled with his personal tourist photos from various locations around the Pacific, along with insults about some of our most lucrative tourist groups - Chinese and Americans.  Really, Brent?


WARREN ENTSCH, FAILED REPRESENTATIVE: A LOOK BACK AT HIS MOST MASSIVE FAILURES - 3 in a Series


The Cairns-based Minister for Blogosphere and federal LNP member Warren Entsch is having a tough time even getting thru the preselection process as federal member for Leichhardt.  It would seem all the chickens are coming home to roost at once.

Entsch has never been much of a performer for Cairns.  Even as a Howard government backbencher, he struggled to get any substantial investment in Cairns - a few million for the Cairns Lagoon was overshadowed by state and council funding.  Big shipbuilding contracts were sent elsewhere, resulting in the ultimate failure of the Cairns shipbuilding industry.  During his three-year "retirement", ALP member Jim Turnour oversaw huge funding increases for, among other things, the Bruce Highway upgrade that's now under construction while during this same period we saw Entsch featherbedding his own nest in a directorship at CEC Groupincluding as acting chairman, just prior to their collapse.  And Entsch is never short of the "pie in the sky" project idea, his favourite tunnels - tunnels to East Trinity, tunnels to Kuranda.  Sensible big ticket ideas like the Entertainment Precinct or rail mass transit, or even fixing up the CBD are not the kind of ideas coming out of Wazza.

During the last two years as parliamentary whip, Entsch has not been much of a performer, either.  As whip he's supposed to have a handle on the voting numbers - but his inattentiveness saw the famous "run for the door" incident in which disgraced former ALP member Craig Thomson decided to vote with the coalition and while Entsch snoozed, other front bench opposition members had to sprint for the doors to avoid an embarrassment.

This week now sees Entsch accused as a key conspirator in the Peter Slipper affair.  Independent Australia has an enlightening article this week on the Entsch involvement in what's looking like an Abbott debacle, while the usual ALP attack dogs answer calls for an investigation with their own calls to investigate the Entsch role.  And the ALP machine is said to have prepared election attacks on all of these issues and more - things like the attempt to get government money to refurbish the Sheraton Mirage, the promise and subsequent withdrawal of money for needed replacement of Torres Strait Island seawalls, the Danae Jones hiring.  With Leichhardt an LNP seat in a primarily Labor area of Queensland, all of these issues are seen by the ALP as making this Entsch seat a likely pickup in the upcoming election. 

And with Cairns apparently singled out for massive insurance premium rises, petrol over 15cents a litre HIGHER than the rest of Queensland, $133M of vitally needed local infrastructure funding stripped from Cairns by his LNP mates, and a profoundly ignorant drink drive conviction, Entsch looks to be as useless to Cairns as a bag of hammers.  What the LNP is calling the "disenchanted Newman voter" would seem to be alive and well in Far North Queensland. 


31 May 2016

WARREN ENTSCH, FAILED REPRESENTATIVE: A LOOK BACK AT HIS MOST MASSIVE FAILURES - 2 in a Series

Cairns' current hillbilly member of federal Parliament is Warren Entsch, the closeted LNP version of Jim Turnour. Entsch fancies himself a FNQ "queenmaker", and is currently whinging about anything and everything with little to show for his blubbering.

He was called on Rugnut this AM to whinge about the fact his mates at CEC didn't get any "lucrative roadbuilding contracts" after the recent weather problems. He is quoted as saying he's "disgusted". Entsch neglected to mention his years on the CEC board where he helped drive this company into the ditch they're now in, and somehow believes that this company of ill repute should be "bailed out" by government contracts. It would seem that the Queensland government isn't interested in a company teetering on bankruptcy that's reportedly failed to pay local tradies for long periods of time. Can you imagine the whinging by residents if a collapsed CEC left half-completed road building projects??? What kind of government pumps money into companies that are mismanged and near-death???

He then got bitchy about Cairns Regional Council rejecting the CEC bid for the tennis centre. Despite the fact that CEC had never built a tennis centre before, didn't have the specialised equipment to make the surface flat, had a suspended building licence, and has never been any closer to a tennis centre than a glass of chardonnay!

We all know what happens when "local companies" are given the task of building something. Tom Hedley's legacy is prison-tower looking apartments all over the city, many with massive defect issues. Udo Jattke's contribution is ghettos built with guaranteed-to-flood ground floor units.  CEC killed a guy working on the East Trinity abortion known as False Cape.

The reality is that Entsch has never been any good at securing dollar one for FNQ. He's given to grandiose plans (the $1,000,000,000 tunnel from the CBD to east Trinity, for example) and has a history of angry tirades and bullying staff and supporters. Likely the reason he was given the job of "whip" at Parliament. Projects secured for Cairns in the past were the result of local planning and a balanced viewpoint of Cairns by former PM John Howard, who visited Cairns often. Entsch was only around to take credit for them.

As usual Rugnut MacKenzie hangs on every word said by Entsch, shamelessly embarrassing the community with our own hillbilly "Brokeback Mountain".

The Entsch-effect is likely to stick Cairns with Labor state parliamentarians after the next election, with Entsch pushing unelectable "mates" for preselection. Paul Freebody. The peals of laughter have begun! His meddling in private business is unproductive and tiresome to the public. The fact is his mates at both CEC and Glencorp are doomed to liquidation. Government dosh shouldn't be used to "bail them out" from their own greed and stupidity. 

30 May 2016

WARREN ENTSCH, FAILED REPRESENTATIVE: A LOOK BACK AT HIS MOST MASSIVE FAILURES

The Palaszczuk Government has definitively and finally spoken on the silly massive inlet dredging project.

The answer is a resounding "NO".




While John MacKenzie and his hillbilly listeners are going to try and pin this rejection on the ALP, the fact is that both sides of politics, in a rare expression of bipartisanship, were agreed on killing this patently stupid idea.  The mouth-breathing listeners of 4CA actually believed Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King and Joh Bjelke Newman when they "committed" $90M to this ill-conceived project.  A commitment that was never real because both King and Newman (along with the Minister for Blogs Warren Entsch) KNEW that the federal government was preparing to limit the port dredging by international agreement.

The idea didn't pass the laugh test.  Economically it was like flushing $300M down a rathole.  Even the cruise companies knew it made no sense. This whole sordid affair has mostly destroyed the declining reputation of Cummings Economics - who once again have shown that they will churn out fancy bullshit for anyone prepared to pay them. 

And today we have Bill Cummings blathering in the ComPost that Cairns is being "shortchanged by $100M".  Of COURSE we are!  Our mouth-breathing "leaders" keep promoting stupid projects instead of economically viable, reasonable investments.  The rejection of this project is a smack-down of this Cairns stupidity.    

If our so-called leaders would apply some brain power to this issue, we might develop a workable solution for the cruise industry.  But it's time to move on and start looking on how to grow our tourism industry in a sustainable way.  One place we might start is to demand an overhaul of the Cairns Airport management, which has proven to be inept at increasing airline usage but vitally adept at screwing the users of this vital tourism asset.  Kevin Brown and the airport board have only been interested in fleecing the public for their investment banker owners.  Guess who has the ONLY free parking spot at the airport?  It surely isn't any of the hardworking  employees, who see their parking costs raised to recoup any pay rises they earn like clockwork. 

Cairns Airport GM Janice Antonson, not the only UK migrant snaring one of these highly paid and perk-heavy jobs from Brown, is now said to be on "stress leave".  Perhaps her inability to secure international services while the Gold Coast and other airports run roughshod over the Cairns tourism market is now starting to bite.  And then there's the loss of 16 year airline United, cutting Cairns off from the US market.  

Anastacia Palaszczuk opened last night's FNQ Investment Conference trying to convince real, serious investors that we have real, serious projects for them.  It's hard to make this case when the local news is full of nonsensical whimsy instead of real economic reporting.  

And speaking of whimsy - - apparently Warren Entsch is ready to move on with his latest fairy-dust concoction.  Entsch commissioned a primary schooler to produce a photoshop view of how East Trinity would benefit from a tunnel connecting the CBD to this beautiful green CBD backdrop.  Just don't mention that apparently Entsch and his other former digger mates (including "General Mansford") are among the largest landowners in East Trinity.  Never mind that this silly made-up drawing would require a roadway at about a 60 degree angle both up and down - which almost no cars and absolutely no trucks could negotiate.  

Entschy has given the MacKenzie hillbillies a new idiotic idea to embrace and love.  It's kinda like jiggling a ball of yarn in front of a cat.  Sadly, these kitties can vote.  

21 May 2016

THE CAIRNS POST - "IF WE HAD TO CHECK EVERY FACT, WE'D NEVER GET A PAPER OUT"

The quote above was actually said by a former Cairns Post editor to John "Cueball" MacKenzie several years ago.  This after a reader complaint about a front page story riddled with errors and falsities.

With many now relying for their local news from the Cairns Post "online", it's great that they've provided this ticker there so that we can all be prepared for the upcoming election.



Or maybe not.

You can't make this shit up.

17 May 2016

WARREN ENTSCH AND COALITION VIOLATE CARETAKER REQUIREMENTS - CANBERRA PUBLIC SERVICE EMPLOYEES BEING USED TO INTERCEPT AND REPORT ON POLITICAL WEBSITES

WARREN ENTSCH WITH JUST ONE
PETITION FROM CONSTITUENTS THAT
HE'S IGNORED DURING HIS TERM
AS MINISTER FOR BLOGGERS
The Hillbilly Watch blog has been through several election cycles for all levels of government.

We have this week been made aware that, for the first time, this Federal Parliamentary election has seen Parliamentary and Australian Public Service employees and resources being used by the coalition government to monitor political websites, and report back to the members.  Illegally.

You can't make this shit up.

When the election was first called, HBW and our IT support noticed a huge increase in the number of connections coming from "anonymous", connection-hiding tools.  One of which was found to be based in Canberra.  But even more ominously, we have also logged connections from several computers located in the Department of Parliamentary Services.  Something that we know normally occurs daily.  But these are connections that should have ended when the election was called and the government entered caretaker conventions.

EXTRACT OF HBW LOGS SHOWING DATE AND TIME OF APS CONNECTIONS
TO THE HILLBILLY WATCH

Insiders have told HBW that the Cairns-based Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is continuing to receive daily reports and summaries of the HBW and other political websites from this department.

Legal experts have advised that this would appear to be flat-out illegal.  Additionally, if Australian Public Service (APS) employees at the Parliament are engaged in these activities, they are in violation of the APS Code of Values, section 1.13.

Other political websites in Australia have reported that similar monitoring has continued of their publications, and in most cases increased in frequency.  And at least one high-profile website has noted their logs also now include connections from the Australian Federal Police.

We have filed a complaint with the Australian Electoral Commission.  We urge any others aware of any details of this government monitoring of the election process to make a similar report.  

This marks a new low in dirty-tricks by a government trying to protect their majority.  Typical.   

12 May 2016

UPDATE ON FAILED BAHAMAS HOTEL AND CASINO PROJECT AS IT COLLAPSES INTO LIQUIDATION

SO CLOSE, AND YET
SO FAR.  
We've previously discussed the Chinese mega-resort Baha Mar, a 2,200 room resort and casino on the oceanfront in the Bahamas.  The project collapsed into disarray over a year ago, with over 2000 workers sacked and 6000 Chinese workers sent home.

The project has now entered receivership in the Bahamas, a country that doesn't even have proper bankruptcy laws that might allow an orderly restructuring of a project this massive.

This project just 25% the size of Aquis.  Now sits empty, rotting in the tropical sun, receiving NO maintenance.  

And like all business collapses, the "real" story is now starting to percolate out of the court filings.

The first problem?  The Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM), which provided the bulk of the finance, demanded in their loan agreement that the Chinese builder, China State Construction Engineering Corp. (CSCE), could NEVER be sacked.  No matter what.

The root of the collapse is now known to have been the shoddy construction works done by CSCE, who never before have built this kind of resort.  The poor quality and workmanship were starting to show as the buildings neared completion.  In the first test of the fire suppression system hundreds of leaks damaged large areas of completed ceiling spaces when first charged with water.  And hotel representatives, assured they were getting five-star quality, were rejecting the buildings after their first inspection.

In an email between Chinese subcontractors accidentally provided to the court, one chided two of his staff for using cheap, unapproved materials and fittings.  The email said "What's wrong with you two!  You can't fake things in such an obvious way!  You're going to get yourselves in trouble!  If you want to do this, you must be careful".

And this project is just 25% the size of Aquis.  Did we say that already?

So damaging has been this experience for the Bahamian government, their own credit rating has been slashed to just above junk status.  After tearing down their previous convention centre in anticipation of the Baha Mar-promised  facility, they were forced to borrow heavily to finish the centre to avoid further damage to their convention business. 

And to think, this Chinese project DIDN'T promise the local rubes a rectangular stadium or theatre!  The scoundrels! 

The collapse of this project is seen as a drag overall on the Bahamian tourism market.  

Beware of LNP politicians bearing gifts.   


11 May 2016

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PORT DOUGLAS NEWSPORT'S CELEBRATED "INDEPENDENT POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT"??

With great fanfare, the editor of the Port Douglas Newsport announced their new "independent political correspondent", Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King. 

Failed newsman
Failed editor.
Failed chief-of-staff.
Failed editor at large.
Failed Member of Parliament.
Failed fiction author.


All-around failure.

After one juvenile hit-piece against the popular Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu, this poorly written story disappeared.

Along with any other writing from King.

Insert your own snide comment here.



10 May 2016

WARREN ENTSCH "BIG VISION" LITTLE MORE THAN BIG NONSENSE - ENTSCH DELIVERS NOTHING TO FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

Warren Entsch, Federal Minister of Blogs and 
Member for Leichhardt.

His own words prove how ineffective he is for Cairns.



08 May 2016

ELECTION UNDERWAY. WARREN ENTSCH CAN'T DELIVER FOR LEICHHARDT, CAN'T DELIVER FOR CAIRNS

Cairns voters last year turned out Queensland LNP MP's across the region.

The #1 issue?  
FAILURE TO DELIVER FOR CAIRNS 
AND THE FAR NORTH.

Now as we prepare to go to the polls for a Federal Election, Cairns voters need to keep only one FACT in mind.

ENTSCH DOESN'T DELIVER.
NEVER HAS, NEVER WILL.

Entsch has FAILED on the big issues important to Far North Queensland:

Insurance Crisis 
Shipyard Patrol Boat Contract 
Cairns Port Dredging 
Overpriced Electricity
Youth Unemployment
Fighting the Backpacker Tax
Money for Highways

He's failed on EVERY issue.  Two rounds of funding for the "NATIONAL STRONGER REGIONS FUND" have seen Cairns with NOTHING.  ZERO. NADA. 


And that was the Entsch promise at the LAST election!

With the Northern Australia White Paper, the only project being considered for funding?  ONE BILLION DOLLAR$ (20% OF THE PLEDGED FUND) for the CAIRNS AIRPORT.  PRIVATELY OWNED BY NEW YORK HEDGE FUND BANKERS J.P. MORGAN CHASE.

Entsch has pissed off every Parliamentarian in Canberra, and wasted most of his time pushing his one personal issue - GAY MARRIAGE.  He couldn't even get a vote on that!

We don't often agree with the Cairns Post, but like them, we want our fair share of tax money returned to the Far North.

VOTE IN LEICHHARDT'S FUTURE.
VOTE FOR CAIRNS' FUTURE
ANYONE ELSE BUT ENTSCH



05 May 2016

LACK OF PUBLIC TRANSIT AT CAIRNS AIRPORT - DEFENDED BY CAIRNS POST INCOMPETENCE AND LNP LIES

AND DON'T WE LOVE HOW ALL
THE "RESTRICTIONS" ON THIS
RATE ARE IN TYPE THAT CAN'T
EVEN BE READ WITH A MICROSCOPE!
The Cairns Airport continues to be run by a private consortium more interested in fattening their wallets (and that of the transport vendors) then provide proper access to the public.

They're today claiming that there's 'no interest' by TransLink (QConnect) in providing regular public bus service to the airport.  The privately-owned airport is happy with the current situation - where the only transit options are shuttle buses and taxis.  Both who pay hefty surcharges to operate to/from the airport.

And as we all know the substandard access road and lack of pedestrian facility (despite a legal requirement to provide one) leaves Cairns tourism in a disadvantaged position.

How badly do we treat our visitors?  The chart (below) shows the top airports around Australia, the top airports in Queensland, and the transport facility and availability of free WiFi in the terminals.



Note that the only two "rogue" airports are the Cairns Airport and the Mackay Airport.  Both are owned by the same private company, with the major shareholders being New York-based investment bankers.  Not Queenslanders.

The lack of affordable public transit is a bigger financial ripoff of the "precious backpacker market" than an increase of their payroll tax.  While all the tourist business crybabies attack the government for any taxing of Working Holiday Visa visitors, we gouge them when they arrive, and gouge them when they depart.  Plus all the other gouges they endure daily.  And we all know that the same business crybabies are paying large numbers of backpackers "cash in hand" - an illegal practice that will only INCREASE. 


Note also the RAPE of passengers at Mackay and Cairns on parking charges.  Two regional cities in Queensland with among the highest airport car parking charges in the world.  With Mackay-area residents paying a "discount rate" of 3 days for $72!  3 days of similar parking at the Brisbane Airport is only $77!  This is a clear rort by the Cairns Airport - but just one of the pile of gouges they put in place when the Bligh Government "privatised" our airport with NO REGULATIONS IN PLACE. 

YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS SHIT UP!

And then today we've had Cueball MacKenzie and Minister for Blogs Warren Entsch DEFENDING the plan to provide $1 Billion in publicly-financed loan guarantees to the crooks at the Cairns Airport!