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.

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!  

04 May 2016

CAIRNS LNP LEADERS WARNED NO MONEY FOR FNQ IF WARREN ENTSCH PRESELECTED - TURNBULL MAKES GOOD AND CAIRNS DUDDED IN BUDGET

Not long after Malcolm Turnbull was elected as Liberal leader, and elevated to his Prime Ministerial position, Cairns LNP leaders were contacted by Liberal leadership in Canberra.  We understand a memo prepared by communications director Drew Clarke's staff was read to the Cairns LNP leadership.  The memo contained a list of "federal government projects" that would be left UNFUNDED by the Turnbull government in the budget if the Cairns LNP preselected Warren Entsch again for Leichhardt.

It has been previously reported that Entsch was part of a group of elderly Liberal parliamentarians told they should retire.  The rest of them took the hint and are gone.

Entsch refuses to go.

So it was no surprise last night that Cairns was dudded in the budget.  

We have been so ignored that even the funding for Mobile Phone Regional Blackspots was removed!  A project only partially completed, and one that still leaves much of the Cape in mobile hell.

Warren Entsch spun into full apology mode yesterday morning, launching the usual bullshit about "responsible budgeting" and "living within our means".  

No money to resolve the Insurance Overcharge Rort.
No money to resolve the Cook and Bruce Highway Gridlock.
No money for a rectangular stadium.
No money for the Cairns Port.

Funny, but the proposed budget has spending going UP.  And they shitcanned "Work for the Dole" - our young people are now back in line for free money.  And Warren Entsch now wants voters to believe that his reelection will result in largess for us "later".

It's the oldest in political lies.

The fact remains that Entsch is profoundly disliked and an albatross to the future of Far North Queensland.  His colleagues in Canberra know him as a liar after his failed time as Liberal Party Whip.  He's been voted "Most Egocentric and Narcissistic" parliamentarian.

Warren Entsch is ineffective and ineffectual.

And we have only our "community leaders" to thank for this disappointment.

Oddly, there seems to be a $1 Billion loan guarantee for the Cairns Airport.  Yes, the Cairns Airport, a privately owned facility.  The Cairns Airport, owned by JP Morgan Chase, one of the "too big to fail" banks who got $Billion$ in US bailout money.  Even a misbehaving Entsch couldn't stop Turnbull from funneling our money to overseas bankers!


29 April 2016

FIRST TASK OF NEW MANNING COUNCIL - CONTINUE CORRUPTION OF DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING SCHEMES

UNSIGHTLY DEVELOPMENT - GONE, BUT
MAKING A COMEBACK UNDER BOB MANNING 
A noteworthy impact of the last Bob "Sleepy" Manning Cairns (un)Regional Council has been the "fast and loose" interpretation and waivers issued by them.  Giveaways that many in the planning business see as not so much a "priming the pump" for economic growth, but making already bad situations in the CBD and elsewhere WORSE.

A case in point has been the new Cairns Aquarium project.  We're all happy it's underway.  But merchants and others in the area aren't going to be so happy when it become operational.  The original development application suggested 80 employees would be working at the facility.  They should have been required to provide 114 car parks.  Other operational aquarium projects in Australia have upwards of 400 carparks.  

But the Cairns Aquarium is going to have NO onsite parking, thanks to the Manning Council "gift".  And not long after this gift, the Cairns Aquarium announced that in fact they expect 130 EMPLOYEES, not 80!  So the parking shortfall, JUST FOR STAFF, is even greater than previously thought.  

WE GOT CARS.  PARK 'EM ANYWHERE.
WHO CARES?
And this project is only a couple hundred meters from the Cairns Civic Theatre and park project - which will also not have enough parking (it never has).  Three projects that could easily generate 2000 or more visitors at the same time, with parking for a little over 100.  

You can't make this shit up.  

The Manning council is leaving giant planning albatrosses for subsequent city leaders to deal with.  

So the newly-elected Manning council begins a new term by starting to repay their dividend to the developers (most of whom were also campaign contributors).  We're told today to get excited about the addition of two stories to the Cairns Square at Abbott and Shields Streets, the busiest streets in the Cairns CBD.  Home of CQU Cairns "campus".    

This building is ALREADY short 100 carparks.  With this new development application, the building will be even more short of carparks - and it's already known to be short of bicycle parking as students routinely are chaining their pushbikes up to street furniture and other non-bicycle parking areas.  

These developers made two of the most ludicrous of arguments in their plea for approvals - "too much parking is just as bad as too little", and "our leases don't include parking for the tenants".   Arguments that undoubtably won't be challenged by anyone in the Manning council.  They're very happy to leave all these issues for someone else to deal with in the future.

We agree that communities like Cairns need to wean themselves off the private use of cars.  But this needs to be done as part of a "transport strategy" that puts in place rational alternatives in conjunction with the community.  Four years of Bob Manning has resulted in NO attempts to put together a transport strategy - the fairy tale of light rail notwithstanding.

Then just Wednesday the new Manning council approved a desperately needed aged-care facility.  Adjacent to Tjapukai and the ski park, where nightly tourism activities are common.  In violation of several State and Cairns Council planning documents. And on land in a known flood plain, located next to a sand mine!  After all, flooding is how the sand GOT there in the first place. 

This is the best we can do for our elderly residents?  Stick them in a building with trucks going by at a high-frequency.  In a building with no greenspace, where you can't walk to any kind of shop or amenity, and where you need to keep all the windows shut to keep out the sand and dust?  

You can't make this shit up.

The absurdity of this location for this kind of facility is obvious, and the first application was withdrawn when professional staff opposed it.  But then the developers said the magic words - "approve the project subject to reasonable mitigation conditions".  

The Manning council and CEO Peter Tabulo have a known history of modifying and/or eliminating conditions in approved Development Approvals AFTER projects are built that haven't complied!

Several of these cases exist since Bob Manning became Mayor.  This is just one case in point, just a kilometer from the approved aged-care facility.

When the VIP Furniture showroom was built on Mt Milman
drive, the DA included a standard provision to have bicycle parking, and to screen the air conditioning equipment from view.  The building was constructed without meeting these conditions, and occupied by VIP.  (This in part because of a loophole where private certifiers approve constructions that are in code violation, a story for another day).

A complaint was filed first with Council, who did nothing.  Then with the State Ombudsman, who ordered Council to enforce the conditions.  VIP screened the machinery on the building.  

This same developer (R.B. Lowden) then builds two more showrooms next to VIP - auto parts and a pet shop.  All the A/C equipment HERE is also unscreened, and no bicycle parking was provided.  The building opens without meeting these DA conditions.  After receiving the same complaints, the developer then spends THOUSANDS of dollars to get council to REMOVE these conditions!  They claim the bicycle parking "is never used", and that "the air-conditioning equipment can't be seen from the front and there's only farmland behind".  Farmland behind NOW - there's a major bypass highway and residential development planned for the future.

And the conditions were removed WITHOUT the same kinds of public notice, so the public has no opportunity to object.  "Pay your money and you can do anything!"  The new standard at Cairns Development!  

That's in fact why we HAVE these kinds of development conditions.  To protect residents IN THE FUTURE! 

But CEO Peter Tabulo can't be trusted to abide by, and enforce, conditions of approval either during construction or afterwards.  Nor apparently will the Manning Coun     

23 April 2016

CAIRNS POST AND 4CA JOHN MACKENZIE PARTNERS IN PLAN TO GROOM RIGHT-WING MEDIA NUTCASE FOR CAIRNS LNP JOB

JULIAN TOMLINSON WITH DISGRACED
FATHER AND LNP RATBAG, MAX.

A few weeks ago, Cueball MacKenzie apparently got his marching orders from his LNP mates.


'You were so good at pushing the Cairns Post's Gavin King forward as a political force, we want you to do it now for our new Cairns Post darling, Julian Tomlinson'.

Julian Tomlinson is the so-called Deputy Editor of the Cairns Post.  And of course as such, he lives in Townsville, not Cairns. Julian got his start in Rupertland with the Gold Coast Bulletin.  On the sport desk.  

The "Tomlinson" touch is now being fully applied to the Cairns Post.  The appeal to the bogan-end of town is now being emphasised with bogan headlines about crocs and boat ramps getting page one, and even bogan-directed "Street Survey" questions now getting special attention.  All in vain, as the ComPost circulation is down almost 30% while the Cairns population continues to grow.  


HOW ABOUT A QUESTION FOR OUR INTERNATIONAL VISITORS - "DO YOU
THINK CAIRNS IS THE BOGAN CAPITAL OF THE WORLD?"

Tomlinson, who's Facebook sign-in name is "Greasy Pig", is shaping up to be even more misogynistic than the disgraced Gavin King.  So extreme have been Tomlinson's writings, in Townsville he was the subject of a research paper by Dr. Ryl Harrison, Higher Education Policy Adviser at James Cook University.

His writings in the Townsville Bulletin about women in politics have been widely criticised.  And when letters from those he's attacked roll into the Townsville Bulletin, he's used his position to block publication of these contrary opinions.  

Julian Tomlinson got his position the usual, blokey-way - by virtue of his father, Max Tomlinson being editor of the Townsville Bulletin (1998-2003).  Ol' Max then spread his wings, becoming media advisor for Liberal Party Senator Ian MacDonald.  And Max was pre-selected as LNP candidate for the seat of Thuringowa in 2010, but didn't even get over the line in that election.  Normally I wouldn't be ascribing the sins of the father to the son, but when daddy starts using his position to grease the skids for his little boy. . . . well you get our drift.  The dickhead doesn't far fall from the shaft.  


SOME OF JULIAN TOMLINSON'S
"ADDED VALUE" TO THE
TOWNSVILLE BULLETIN
Cairns-based academic Dr. Carole Ford wrote an op-ed in 2012, complaining about the few women in Parliament under Joh Bjelke Newman.  Daddy Max dashed off an email to Dr. Ford, pointing out that the skills to be a parliamentarian were not possessed by women as "a fact of biology".  He went on to contrast Ford's "Sisterhood" with his wife, Julian's mother, who he said was dissed at cocktail parties for accepting her role as the "keeper of the flame of civilisation".  

This was too much even for Tony Abbott, who shit-canned ol' Maxie in barely a day. 

At the same time, Julian launched into his own attack on "feminists" and using his position at the Townsville Bulletin, refused to publish an objection to his rant that was signed by 59 Townsville organisations and 150 Townsville residents.(1)  At least the Cairns Post allowed a trickle of dissents when Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King launched into one of his racist/sexist/ignorant tirades. 

Julian, who has no higher education in journalism (which is now seen as a positive in the bizarro world that is Newscorp) was identified by another popular Cairns blogger already spewing right-wing babble not long after Tomlinson was first anointed with his "deputy editor" position.  A position he got ahead of a precious educated few who actually WENT to journalism school, but didn't have the all-important right-wing family connection.  The purpose of higher education is in part to develop the skills of "critical thinking and analysis".  Not necessary when your job is to represent the blokey, bogan electorate as is Julian Tomlinson. 

With Max's political career all but over as a result of his big mouth and dinosaur mentality, he's turned all his attention into grooming Julian - a bogan version of Joe Kennedy.  And he's decided Cairns will be the benefit of his largess - with most in Townsville now wise to the name "Tomlinson".  

Such is the fruit of Max Tomlinson's loins, now cutting his teeth on the Cairns electorate, and being groomed by John MacKenzie (via phone from Townsville) for his upcoming political career as Cairns' next LNP neanderthal.  The other two Tomlinson sons, Nick and Damian?  Daddy doesn't love them.

Enjoy!  And be warned!


(1)  http://researchonline.jcu.edu.au/34419/1/34419-harrison-2013-thesis.pdf:  page 224

21 April 2016

ACCC CONSULTATION ON CAIRNS PETROL PRICING




Of course you didn't read THIS in the Cairns Post.  





The ACCC has opened the commenting website for the Market Study on Petrol Prices in Cairns.


And remember, no sweary language!

What we'd really like to see is a list of the owners of every petrol station in Cairns.  




20 April 2016

ODDS AND ENDS AROUND THE FAR NORTH

We occasionally like to present a selection of smaller, reader-submitted stories for your entertainment.

CYCLISTS

THIS PACK WAS DRIVING CARS
OUT OF THEIR LANES
The issues around bicyclists are a perennial area of discussion in the Far North.  A letter in the Cairns Post this week was from a bicyclist visiting Cairns as part of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup - despite the fact that we have no mountains.  The letter complained that cars were coming to close to the athletes training on the Cook Highway and other locations around the city.

Residents of the Northern Beaches have complained about being run off the highway footpaths by speeding mountain bikers since last week.  And it would have been nice if someone had explained to these visitors the rules that require cyclists to travel in designated bike lanes in single file.  Packs of bicyclists have decided that they can pretty much go where they want.  Not a good way to get a repeat of this event, nor much of a model for our local bicycle psychopaths.

CASH ONLY

Residents around Cairns have noted an increasing number of small businesses with signs announcing "CASH ONLY" to their customers.  Our cynical nature can't help but also notice that these businesses are almost exclusively owned by Asian migrants to Australia.  A local bank EFTPOS consultant has confirmed that there is little in the way of red-tape preventing any small business from securing an EFTPOS facility.  

The cynic in us can't imagine any other reason for "CASH ONLY" but TAX AVOIDANCE.  While the rest of us pay. . . well, you get our drift.  

With so many of the tourism businesses around town paying "cash in hand", I guess we've got the whole system engaged in tax avoidance - small business and employees.  



MIGRATION FOLLIES

Last year, an American and a Brit on tourist visas decided to open a shop selling sugared ice water in Palm Cove.  They called the business the "Lost Eskimo", and like all those of the internet generation, set about promoting the business on the with obviously fake "reviews" on Trip Advisor and purchased "likes" on Facebook.  The reviews are easily identified as fake when they come from your mother, your sister, and other family members with the same last name.  HAHA.  Then just before Christmas they opened an additional location on the Esplanade - conveniently located next door to the very successful New Zealand Natural Ice Creamery.  Apparently quite a market for sugary treats on the Esplanade.

However, apparently not quite enough.  Both locations of the
Lost Eskimo now look to be closed - equipment stripped out of the Esplanade location and a stack of unopened mail gracing the floor of the shuttered Palm Cove shop.  At least one of the owners has apparently gone back to his home in the UK, and the Yank has been unable to be found by creditors.  This director, one Jeffrey Morris, is part of a West Virginia State family that is fully
engaged in the dodgy "Multi-Level Marketing" of skin care products that have received an "F" grade from the Better Business Bureau due to the dangerous formulation that includes known poisons.  


How can ASIC and ATO regulations allow companies to be set-up by visitors on tourism visas?  This seems dangerous on a lot of levels.  And we understand another dodgy company may be in-process by Mr. Morris.  Stay tuned. . .

ANDREW CRIPPS, MEMBER FOR HAIRCLUB

MP for Hinchinbrook appeared on the news Wednesday evening, railing about some issue or another. Everyone in the room had the same reaction when we saw him talking.  Why are those on the "right" of politics always wearing the worst hair hats?  


18 April 2016

CAIRNS PARLIMENTARIAN RACKS UP ANOTHER FAILURE FOR HIS ELECTORATE - WARREN ENTSCH NOW OFFICIALLY MOST INEPT MP SINCE JUDAS

This morning, the Minister for Blogs MP Warren Entsch took to the radio to bellow about "human rights" and "jobs" in the Daintree.

Yes, that's right - mains electricity is now a "human right" and a few more low-wage service jobs are on the Entsch radar.

This show done at the same time his government mates were doling out the $2Billion Patrol Boat contract to Perth and Adelaide.  A long way from patrol boat territory.



We didn't have a snowball's chance when Abbott was PM - Abbott having been trashed and lied to by Entsch.

We had less of a chance when Malcolm Turnbull took over.  Turnbull reportedly told Entsch it was time to go.  However Entsch is more concerned about his Canberra pay packet than the residents of Cairns, where the real unemployment rate is almost 17%.

The warning to Entsch by the government was obvious - when Turnbull sent the maintenance jobs to Singapore and the military called the quality of Cairns shipyards into disrepute.  Entsch spun like a top.

The ComPost warned that the loss of this contract would scuttle Cairns shipbuilding altogether.  I guess we're going to find out, eh Warren?

So Entsch this morning fiddled and diddled on the radio as Cairns job-hopes burned.  Entsch was fully aware of this shitty news, but instead decided to spruik a perpetual motion machine for the Daintree.  While Entsch is a perpetual failure for Cairns.  And MacKenzie did his part by not reporting on the colossal failure, instead attacking the reports of coral bleaching by the left-wing, ratbag media.  

But we DO have a new aquarium with 130 new, minimum-wage jobs. And no place to park, thanks to Bob "Sleepy" Manning. 

This is another sad day for the future of Cairns.  Another community-saving project lost.   

Shame on Warren Entsch.  And shame on Cairns if we elect this do-nothing obese ratbag again.


15 April 2016

ALP DOG-AND-PONY SHOW ARRIVES WITH RINGMASTER CRAIG CRAWFORD - WHO CONVENIENTLY FORGETS HIS PROMISES TO BARRON RIVER

MP CRAIG CRAWFORD STANDING
IN FRONT OF THE TRANSPORT
ISSUE LIKELY TO UNSEAT HIM
4CA's John "Cueball" MacKenzie was ebullient this morning, breathless in his excitement that ALP MP Craig Crawford had secured the "acting" Premier to view the traffic schmozzle that is the Cairns Western ARTERIAL Highway.  The Cueball aural fellation continued into his show, "congratulating" the motorists who sounded their horns when the "acting" Premier was on-site.

Upgrade of the inadequate Bill Fulton Bridge (which was completed in 2000) is of course long overdue.  Council has allowed huge housing estates to be constructed from Redlynch to Caravonica - all with residents needing to travel to/from the city on this inadequate ARTERIAL road.

ONE BRIDGE OF THREE - YOU'VE GOT
TO DO THEM ALL TO GET
A REAL RESULT
Crawford made promises to the voters of Barron River that upgrade of the Western ARTERIAL Highway was a "critical project" for the area.  And if he and Jackie Trad had looked closely at the map, he would have noticed that the schmozzle continues north past the Bill Fulton Bridge.  Trad and her entourage in fact were driven north from the city on the Cook Highway, turning south on the Western Arterial at Caravonica - where southbound traffic crawled from the school, across the Barron River Bridge and the Freshwater Road/Rail bridge - to the site of the ALP circus.

There is no cause for the rest of the highway to be ignored with a partial, inadequate upgrade.   And the upgrade of this ONE bridge is NOT what Crawford promised.

Highways need to be planned and upgraded as a SYSTEM - partial, politically-motivated projects rarely accomplish anything but moving the congestion to another location.  A Main Roads traffic engineer has advised HBW that in fact upgrade of this one bridge will just move the congestion to the Redlynch Connection Road, which is known to be inadequate to handle the load coming off a four-laned bridge. 

BARRON RIVER BRIDGE - A BICYCLIST
DEATH WAITING TO HAPPEN
And Main Roads has long known about the huge dangers posed by the two-lane Barron River Bridge - a bridge that was substandard when first constructed, and has NO area for bicycles to transit.  

Craig Crawford was swept into Parliament in the 2015 election, and for weeks after looked like a stunned mullet - so surprised was he at his win over the LNP member.  He's struggled to get any traction in the Palaszczuk government until recently, when the ALP has decided to prop him up as a get-square against the defecting Rob Pyne.  Despite his disability Pyne is showing real backbone at calling attention to the infrastructure deficit that is facing FNQ.  Crawford has gone poodle on us - instead of insisting on a full upgrade of the Western ARTERIAL Highway, he's cheerleading for this partial, inadequate solution.  

THE LAND WAS RESUMED YEARS AGO FOR UPGRADE
OF THIS BRIDGE - NO EXCUSE TO LEAVE IT UNDONE

The Cairns Western ARTERIAL Highway is the only ARTERIAL in the state that is NOT to four-lane standard.  It is heavily used as a bypass around the city by tourists and commercial trucking.

Crawford is holding a poisoned chalice as the Member - Barron River has been neglected by successive governments for major infrastructure upgrades. Several intersections on the Cook Highway are now crippled, the highway needs four-laning from Kewarra to Palm Cove, and the Smithfield Bypass still just a pipe dream in need of funding.

Don't be fooled - the Trad/Crawford Show means little to the residents of Barron River.  It's great for future electioneering - but a growing number in the electorate are not fooled by these charlatans and their dog-and-pony shows anymore.



12 April 2016

FANCY RAIL SYSTEMS - THE CATNIP BALL THAT THE AUSTRALIAN ELECTORATE FALLS FOR TIME AFTER TIME WITHOUT FAIL


Cairns Mayor Bob Manning's recent campaign for Mayor exploited a tried-and-true Australian political trick to get him reelected to his seat - the first Mayor in Queensland to have his wages seized due to unpaid bad debts.

He's dubbed it the  "Green Train" Light Rail project.  (Funny how the word "green" is an epithet hurled at progressives until it's useful as a campaign slogan by the right).  

Yesterday, the Federal Liberal Party pulled the same bullshit out of their hat - there must be an election coming there, too.  Six weeks ago, the SBS comedy program "The Feed" predicted the return of this well-worn election distraction to our political scene - like a tired old lover with a sex toy they're too frightened to open.  

Once again we get to be entranced by the thought of Australia getting a Shinkansen-style bullet train between
JOHN HOWARD WHEELED
OUT THIS VOTER CHARADE TWICE!
Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne.  A distraction that Manning proved works on the regional level as well as for the feds - of every political stripe.

The "planning" for this infrastructure always seems to garner press a few months before an election.  Only to sink beneath the waves just after.  It has been so since Bob Hawke.  

The reasons we won't have an Australian high-speed train are the same reasons "Sleepy" Manning's plan will never get up.

A too-small population at an inadequate density.

Bob Manning idiotically suggested that "other cities with Cairns' population" have light rail.  Sure they do - they're in high-density towns in Europe or Asia, not in a city with a length of 40+km!  It's intellectually bankrupt for Manning to make such a ridiculous promise, and for his "team" to let such nonsense take up valuable management time that could be donated to the REAL problems in this city. 

Which SHOULD include dedicated busways that could be converted to light rail - in 50 years when it might make some sense. 

But we digress. . . 


  • Minimum $120 Billion - over $5000 from every Australian
  • Costs always blow out
  • Interest on $120B - $3 Billion per year
  • The system would need PROFIT of $3B/Year to pay interest
  • At $150/ticket - 219,000 passengers/day 
  • Current travel between these cities - 44,000 per day
  • IT CAN'T BE DONE
The economics of light rail in Cairns are even worse.

LIGHT RAIL IN CAIRNS

  • CBD to Edmonton 14km - Same as Gold Coast Light Rail
  • Gold Coast 1st Stage - $1.6 Billion ($180M from GC Council) plus federal and state money
  • Gold Coast system - 10 Million passenger trips/year
  • Gold Coast - LOSING MONEY
  • ASSUME construction cost a GIFT from some mystery Santa Claus - no cost to ratepayers
  • Cairns - Best case 2.2M passenger trips/year
  • Shortfall - $2265/year PER PROPERTY
So how much of our rates money is Bob Manning and his council of idiots going to spend on a "feasibility study" - when back-of-the-envelope math is clear?

This morning during the 4CA Cueball show, one of the regular callers urged Manning to consider a monorail for the project SO THAT THE STREETS AREN'T BLOCKED BY PUBLIC TRANSIT!  People this stupid don't deserve a thoughtful answer.

So we run again the old favourite - the Springfield Monorail.  No better response exists.