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4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News
4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News Led by John "Cueball" Mackenzie

21 March 2017

MACKENZIE BIG STORY? WHY AREN'T WE SHOOTING THE CROCS? WORLD NEWS BIG STORY? ANOTHER YEAR OF MASSIVE CORAL BLEACHING ON GREAT BARRIER REEF!!

There's no accounting for stupid.

Lee DePaauw, a secondary school dropout in Innisfail, loaded up on grog, jumped into a river KNOWN to be inhabited by crocs. All in a desperate attempt to get his joint copped.  

The young lady being wooed by this dickhead is still "standing by her man".  Two morons for the price of one.


We've now got John "Cueball" MacKenzie raising his level of screeching on the croc issue, ignoring completely that his own LNP mates could not be moved on this issue THEIR last time around.  

MacKenzie continues to warble that "a croc death will spell the end of tourism in FNQ".  Absurd.  

The issue that WILL spell the end of Cairns as a tourism destination continues to be the butt of ignorance and scorn whipped up by Cueball.

For a second year in a row, massive coral bleaching has been seen on wide areas of the reef, including  ALL the areas visited by tourists to Cairns.

All of this is being reported extensively in the world news media.  But we're busy being fed a daily diet of croc stupidity and reconfiguration of a CBD street.  The reconfiguration of Grafton Street as done to MacLeod Street by Mayor Val Schier is a personal issue with John MacKenzie.  He bullied Bob "Sleepy" Manning when he first took office trying to get MacLeod returned to its previous unsafe configuration.  Now he's attacking Manning on Grafton Street.

All as we sit by watching the reef, and our tourism industry, die.

John MacKenzie is a cancer on the Cairns community.  His holiday exploits in child-abuse countries are well-known.  He continues to attack the police, the ALP, and others who he is not allied while cretins like the Member for Bloggers Warren Entsch and crime family leader Michael Trout continue unchecked.  

It's time for a housecleaning.  

16 February 2017

CAIRNS RESIDENTS STOCK UP ON JUNK FURNITURE, BROKEN TV'S, AND COLLAPSED BUG-RIDDEN BEDS

Is is the nature of the collapsed Cairns economy, or are people just this stupid?

Trip Advisor reviews on the Tradewinds hotel have, for YEARS, complained about collapsed beds, dirty linens, broken room furniture, and non-working televisions.  

So what would possess Cairns residents to line-up and PAY for furnishings that mostly should have been on a trash heap?  Or at the very least DONATED to worthy low-income people in the community? 

If anyone has a list of the purchasers, we'd be happy to post it as a warning to others - don't stay over on any of THESE beds!


Sadly, the unhealthy state of this hotel documented in literally HUNDREDS of reviews are far more damaging to the tourism industry in Cairns than a few crocodiles.  But the Cairns Council, who refuses to even implement a Restaurant Inspection and Grading System, has NO requirement for health inspections at local hotels.  Our tourism industry is still running on 1960's rules - to the detriment of us all.

15 February 2017

TRADEWINDS HOTEL CONTRACTOR UNLICENSED - MORE TRADIES ABOUT TO BE DUDDED??

NEW TRADEWINDS TOWER HAS TINY, ODD
SHAPED ROOMS SERVED ONLY BY
ONE TINY GUEST ELEVATOR. BUT HEY, IT
 LOOKS NEAT FROM THE OUTSIDE! 
As hundreds lined up yesterday at the Tradewinds hotel for old, filthy mattresses and overpriced and dodgy hotel televisions, more serious issues surround the rush to approve this project despite continued questions about the developer, the use of "hot" money, the CEO, and now the contractor engaged to build the project.  

The poodle councillor for the Esplanade area has, as usual, refused to respond to these myriad of issues.  Nice going Richie.

When the Tradewinds was first approved in the 1980's, adjacent property owners battled with the council about the shortfall of parking.  At the time, the 256 room property was required by the then inadequate parking code to have 187 off-street parking spaces.  The developers bullied the council into an approval with only 139, but subsequently only built 95.  
OBJECTIONS TO THE ORIGINAL 1986 APPROVAL ABOUT PARKING SHORTAGE 

The new development adds 55 more rooms, and has provided a consultant's report that suggests that the 95 are completely adequate for the greatly-enlarged project!  The Cairns (un)Regional Council has, under Sleepy Bob, been completely under the grip of developers and their consultants, so don't look for anyone at council to question this bogus report.

In part the report completely ignores the parking requirements for STAFF.  Which is understandable, since employees at the Tradewinds have always been told to "park on the street".  

More serious however is the employment of Prime Constructions (Qld) P/L as contractor for this project.  Prime is only licenced as a Category 3 Contractor in Queensland.  This limits the company, and owner Andy Taylor, to projects no more than $30M in value.  


Emails to Prime have not had a response.  An email to the Prime PR shill Danae Jones wouldn't have much weight - she's a known bankrupt (In Touch Media) that left employees dudded, and former front-man to Cairns' Minister for Blogs, Warren Entsch.  We wouldn't trust a word she said, so tainted is HER credibility.

TERRY JAMES SHOVELING SHIT
AS NORMAL  
Trade workers in Cairns are often the victims of these dodgy developments.  Millions have been sucked out of tradie's pockets by millionaires like Ghassan Aboud, when the projects go belly up.  Like most construction projects in Cairns, this development has been set up around a purpose-formed company (Urban Sync P/L) that developers can easily "walk away" from, dodging personal liability and all the payments they can.

Starting out with a contractor who isn't licenced for this kind of project makes tradies even MORE vulnerable.

The upgrade to the existing Tradewinds building has NO additional elevators - a known shortcoming that has been well documented in TripAdvisor.  

There's no stopping the ghost train.  All aboard!!!  We look forward to the ribbon-cutting - we understand Bashar al-Assad will be hosting the festivities!


11 February 2017

TOWNSVILLE CAIRNS POST EDITOR JULIAN TOMLINSON SCRUBS THE COMPOST SITE CLEAN SO TOM HEDLEY CAN FUCK MORE CAIRNS HOMEBUYERS

The deadly circle of scammers continues to reassert itself as the construction environment becomes slightly more buoyant.

Tom Hedley has returned.

We all remember Tom Hedley.  The "regular guy" who built the worst possible houses and apartment blocks in Cairns - tourists call them "prison towers".  Owners of these dud housing units fought incessantly with Hedley's companies until they finally went bankrupt, screwing tradies all over FNQ.

Hedley snuck away to PNG, with allegations that millions in construction equipment were loaded on a ship and barged away to avoid the creditors.  And he kept all his ponies, too.  Like most sleaze ball crooks he got away with it, screwed the little guy, and now is back for more.

Tom Hedley has returned.

And unlike newspapers all over the world, who regard their work as timeless, the high-school dropout editor Julian Tomlinson has scrubbed the cairnspost.com.au website from any links to Hedley's nefarious dealings.

We don't forget so easily, Tom.  Since the front page story about Hedley's return yesterday, the Hillbillywatch.com website has seen traffic EIGHTEEN TIMES the norm - with most of the searches looking for Hedley stories from the past.

And like our Cairns Mayor Bob "Sleepy Manning", who also bankrupted a business and walked away screwing the employees and others, Tom Hedley is being welcomed back to Cairns for another bite from the public's wallet.

You can't make this shit up.




10 February 2017

DRUNKEN COPPERS ON THE ROAD, DRINK DRIVING COPPERS ON THE ROADS, WIFE BEATER COPS - AND WE WONDER WHY YOUTH CRIME IS OUT OF CONTROL???

 Just the latest of the high-quality police recruits being sent to Cairns.








09 February 2017

WARREN ENTSCH "LAZIEST RATBAG IN PARLIAMENT" CONFIRMS - SCREW THE RESIDENTS! "I'M ONLY IN IT TO FILL MY POCKETS"

Warren Entsch, the federal Minister for Blogs and MP for Leichhardt, was recently voted the "LAZIEST RATBAG IN PARLIAMENT".  We have covered the disgusting ratbaggery by Entsch for years as a search on Hillbillywatch.com will reveal.  

Entsch was reelected at the last election because the Cairns ALP can't pull a real candidate out of their arse.  If Mickey Mouse were a resident of Leichhardt he could have beet the stuffing out of Entsch.  The electorate KNOWS Entsch is a fraud.  The ALP should stop rolling over and do something.

As the Australian Government finances continue their collapse, PM Turnbull has faced hard choices (cutting the idiotic profligate spending of the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd years), and this week he began to slash the obscene spending on the Members of Parliament themselves.  This is supposed to be  "public service" - but elected government has increasingly been seen as a pig trough by the vast majority of the MP's, along with city councilors.  

There has been no bigger swine than Warren Entsch.  And
"I'M TELLING YOU, HER DICK WAS THIS BIG"
Entsch squealed like a two-bit tranny whore this week when Turnbull removed Entschy's favourite perk.  Free airline flights in perpetuity for himself and his lavender spouse.  Now done and dusted.  Entsch will have to live on his $200K/plus per year superannuation.  


And instead of just lubing up and taking it, Entsch becomes the only MP to prance off to the media complaining that the law is "retrospective" adjustment of his "contract" as MP.  Retrospective legislation has been used frequently by Parliament to fuck the public.  Entsch has VOTED AYE on retrospective legislation to fuck the public.  Usually tax legislation in order to pull more money out of our pockets after we've earned it. 

And I would guess voters would forgive Entsch free airline flights for life if he had accomplished EVEN JUST ONE DAMN THING HE'S PROMISED.



Sure, most of the Fat Boy's promises are complete nonsense.  The tunnel to East Trinity - technologically impossible.  The tunnels to Kuranda.  The Monorail around the Daintree.  Just reviewing the last of Entsch promises brings peals of laughter to every resident of Cairns.  One CBD business owner said "yeah, but he's drunk most of the time".  But then there are the more serious issues that have gone unaddressed.  Home insurance rates in North Queensland astronomically above anything reasonable.  Jobs.  Crime.  Jobs.  Port dredging.  Jobs.  Oh, and did we mention jobs?

Entsch has proven to be less than worthless.  Even his colleagues treat him like the cipher he's become - pushing him off to the back row and giving him a Dorothy Dixer a couple times a year.   

But he's been on the front line attempting to legalize his right to marry his tranny friend.  With many in the LNP claiming that marriage equality legislation WOULD have been passed EXCEPT for the bleatings of Entsch, who put everyone right off.

Far North Queensland is in desperate need of a representative that can garner us the proper attention and level of support we've been shortchanged.  Warren's whiney complaints about his free airline flights does no one any good. 

08 February 2017

SORDID BACKGROUND OF MICHAEL TROUT MAKES HIS PROSTISTRIPPER PARTNER THE LEAST OF HIS PROBLEMS

The cover of today's Compost has a photo of former MP Michael Trout and his prostistripper partner Donna Nicholson - in Trouty's sleazy attempt to "get ahead" if the obvious PR issues raised by his bottom feeding.


TROUTY WRESTLES A DUGONG
It's been suggested by those that troll this side of Cairns "entertainment" that Nicholson isn't her real name, with a search now underway for her honest  identity and background.

Cueball attempted to make light of the issue this morning by calling attention to 4CA's Murray Jones dalliance with a tranny.  More well known around town is Macca's penchant for travel to known kiddy porn destinations around southeast Asia, but you didn't hear Murray making light of Macca's travel "hobbies".  


TROUT FAMILY IS FULL OF 'EM
Michael Trout comes from a family of recidivist criminals.  The last time stolen heavy equipment turned up on the Trout-owned Kalinga Station property up on the cape, police prosecutors were close to charging property owner Peter Trout for having the stolen property on his land.  So introducing his old-boiler prostistripper partner to the community should come as no surprise.



The voters in Barron River remember that while member of the Campbell Newman government, Michael Trout lied to residents of Kuranda about the shortlived youth detention facility that was shoved into their residential community, and lied about his ownership and operational control of family properties including Blazing Saddles - finally ordered to divest by the government.

It also shouldn't be a surprise that Trout is attracted to prostistrippers.  Members of his own family look to be hoeing the same row.  

Michael "Hide the Backhoe" Trout is ethically and morally unsuitable to be a government MP.  He's refused to even answer LNP questions on his "consultancy work" that's he's done since being ousted the last time. Barron River isn't interested in paying Michael Trout to fuck us again - despite him getting schooled by a pro now.  

The Compost has put the whole sordid mess behind a paywall.  We won't tolerate that, either.





 



  

01 February 2017

CAIRNS AQUARIUM READY TO COLLAPSE DESPITE MASSIVE GOVERNMENT SUPPORT ALREADY

We warned years ago that the financing for the proposed Cairns Aquarium was well short of the mark.

We're now finding out that the building can't be finished as proposed, the number of jobs is MUCH less than advertised, and that the place likely won't even be able to open without $1M in government money.



Our money.

MORE of our money.

Developer Daniel Leipnek's original project proposal blew out from $35M until over $50M, and the ratepayers have chipped in with free parking.  Well, we actually just guaranteed that this whole area of the CBD would become a parking nightmare, and Leipnek's paying nothing.

Now he's cap-in-hand asking for government money, and threatening to keep the place shuttered without it.  Who can blame him?  This strategy worked with the Bob "Sleepy" Manning, and we DO have a state election coming soon.

In a coffee shop on the Esplanade this morning, someone was heard to say "why doesn't someone get the arab to part with a lazy million".  However a REAL businessman would run screaming into the good night after hearing what's been going on at this aquarium.  Better to go down to the casino and put it on plaid.  

It's a shame that so many good projects in this town die from neglect, bad business planning, stupidity (that means you, Paul Freebody!!!), and government laziness.


30 January 2017

KEVIN BYRNE - STILL AN IDIOT AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

Kevin "Hiding from the Pakis" Byrne, a former mayor of Cairns deposed by (horrors!!!) a woman, Val Schier, rejoined the Cairns "leadership" (cough, cough) after his failed stint with an American oil company in PNG.

Kevin Byrne has elbowed his way into a "leadership" role at Advance Cairns, a nice little earner for him - with no actual way to figure out what the hell he's actually doing.  And in typical Byrne-bully style, he's now been overheard angling to undermine chair Trent Twomey.  Byrne is not one to take direction from ANYONE.  Often seen panting and huffing from his car into a meeting here and there, Byrne was asked for his expertise and guidance this morning on growing the export of fruit/veg/dairy from Cairns to Asia.

The Jonsson Farm Market Crook followed Byrne pointing out that the farmers aren't the ones to identify markets and customers, ADVANCE CAIRNS is supposed to be doing that.  Byrne has been junketing to China and other destinations in Asia for DECADES, with nothing to show for it.  

The level of Byrne's ignorance is encapsulated in his whinge - "why are the Chinese buying milk from Victoria and Tasmania, when they could be buying it from us"??

You can't make this shit up.

We Kevvy, if you had bothered to check you'd know the
ALL THE COWS NOW
SPEAKING MANDARIN
reason for the Chinese planeloads of dairy products from Victoria and Tasmania - THEY OWN THE FUCKING DAIRIES!


Why would they buy from the pissant dairy production in North Queensland?  All of Queensland produces barely 400 million litres of milk per year, Victoria - 6,180m litres per year. And Victoria has DOUBLED their dairy production with the same size herds by implemented a proper investment strategy.  Queensland?  Well, the Malanda farmers are still driving Mercs.   

Get a grip, Kevin.  Your continued laziness is all to evident to the Cairns populace.  The reason Val Schier was able to shitcan your arse so handily.

4CA MACKENZIE AND JONES CO-OPTED BY SYRIAN INVESTOR WHO IS NOW KNOWN TO BE PERSONA NON GRATA IN THE USA

When Syrian born Muhammed Ghassan Aboud  (غسان عبود‎‎;) arrived in Australia in 2015, ASIS had already been briefed on his arrival and background by the American CIA.  Aboud has been on the US "Watch List" since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011.  

Aboud is a smooth talker and works hard to groom his public image.  However the core of his business interests is moving new cars into countries that have been blocked from normal auto trade - places like Syria, Iran, Libya, the "-Stan" countries, etc.  US Military sources have previously linked Land Cruisers and Utes that passed through Ghassan Aboud Cars on the DAESH battlefield in Syria and Iraq.  Why else would someone use a non-franchised car dealer to purchase a standard, off-the-shelf vehicle.  Even a "luxury" vehicle.  It's absurd on its face.

But Muhammed Ghassan Aboud's big expansion to Australia in 2015 was inexplicable - even selling vehicles to countries on UN Embargo lists isn't all that lucrative.  And yet Aboud is spreading cash around Australia now like crazy - and there have been significant questions raised about this cash having ties to the leadership of Syria and Bashar al-Assad.

Additional questions were raised this week when a major hotelier considering the GA Group project expansions in Australia discovered that despite his EU Passport, Muhammed Ghassan Aboud is NOT allowed entry into the United States.  It is believed this restriction has been in place even prior to the block on Syrians placed by President Donald Trump this week.  

And like David Fung before him, Cairns pollies are lined up to grease up the member of the latest wallet to show up in Cairns - despite the serious questions raised about Aboud's links to terrorism, and support for wealthy members of the  butcherous Syrian regime.  Aboud's PR machine is legendary - with his Orient Humanitarian Relief organisation often touted by him, but in fact run by Syrian Dr. Ammar Martini and his colleagues.  

Aboud goes to great pains to claim he does "not belong to any political parties or Syrian opposition coalitions".  However  Aboud operates an anti-Assad TV station in Dubai.  Questions about his links into the Syrian regime persist - the rumoured 30-40,000 cars per year can't pay for everything being bought in Australia by Aboud's company GA Group Pty. Ltd.  And the massive spend by the GA Group in Australia coincides with the increased involvement of the Russian government and Vladimir Putin in shoring-up the impotent al-Assad government.  
FROM "OLDTIMER CAR SALES" TO MD
OF $100M HOTEL COMPANY.  HUH?  

Despite some quick handshaking with the Australian Minister of Blogs & Twitter Warren Entsch, Aboud has mostly been the invisible hand guiding the Australian "Cutout" Managing Director, Mark Davie.  It's unclear how Mr. Davie's checkered history as a used car salesman qualifies him to manage the almost $100M real estate and hotel buildout for Mr. Aboud.   Insiders at Cairns (un)Regional Council have noted Mr. Davie's high level of development ignorance when meeting with the planners, so it looks like another corporate cutout has gotten past the ASIC wicket-keepers.

We understand that Entsch has been cautioned by ASIS staff via the Turnbull staff office.

With the Australian government now under Trump government pressure to adopt the travel ban on Syrian and other middle East peoples of the muslim faith, it's curious that the hardcore anti-muslim audience of John "Cueball" MacKenzie hasn't been fully informed on their new "economic saviour".  Cueball's silence on the issue along with his new MIWF Pauline Hanson is deafening.

Pass the chips, Pauline.  


25 January 2017

LOCAL LEADERSHIP IDIOTS RUN RIOT IN COMPOST

The "big announcement" made in Cairns yesterday was the arrival of limited, e-commerce service from Swedish furniture retailer Ikea.

Clearly Cairns is too small to support a giant furniture operation like Ikea.  But Ikea has discovered how weak the taxation system is in Australia and are now planning to milk this cash cow for all its worth. Why invest in bricks and mortar when you can strip sales out of Cairns, Townsville, and other regional cities with virtually no investment?

Last year, Ikea booked almost $1Billion in sales.  (John MacKenzie thinks it sounds more impressive if we call it "1 thousand million", but he's an idiot).  

$1Billion.  And Ikea paid a total of $10.7MILLION in tax.  About 1%.

YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS SHIT UP.

So Chamber of Fools CEO Deb Hancock bleats 'we should get our own store so we can increase jobs'.  Hancock, with zero in successful business experience, regularly shoots off her mouth without engaging a brain.  She's completely ignored the likely result of the Ikea announcement.  ALL the other shops in town that sell shitty, cheap furniture will need to make staff redundancies and many will likely close.  Super A-Mart, Freedom, VIP - all will likely take a header when Ikea begins servicing Cairns.  Sure, Ikea has no "service", but neither do these other locals.  And Ikea is 50% cheaper.  Say goodbye to more jobs.

Then we've heard about the massive investment made in this year's Chinese New Year's celebration - you know, the one WITHOUT Chinese tourists.  Lots of people knew the flights were cancelled, but that didn't stop Sleepy Manning and his layabouts from dropping big $$$ into the failed fete.  

Finally, you can't beat the story about a young mother, appropriately named Cindy BOGAN, who complains bitterly that school supplies for her little rugrats cost her almost $200 EACH.  She bemoans the discontinuation of the School Children Bonus Scheme bitching that the government should be paying for her little car thieves in training.  

These child welfare schemes were part of the orgy of spending done under PM Kevin Gillard.  It's no wonder kids are bagging over 2 cars a day now in Cairns - with parents who think the government should be raising them.  What happened to "paying for your own kids"?  Sounds like we've got a spoiled generation of millennial parents who need a little tough love.

22 January 2017

CAIRNS POST DEATH SPIRAL CONTINUES AS ONLINE DEPENDING NOW ON "CLICK-THRU" FAKE NEWS


The news being served up by the Cairns Post continues the slide into the gutter.  

They're now fully engaged in a search for "click-thru" revenue, signing up to present "Fake News" and other junk to the Cairns public.

Cueball John MacKenzie was the first to click and read "Why All Men Need An Anal Toy".  

What, another one?




20 January 2017

WHERE HAVE THE CHINESE TOURISTS GONE? THE FACTS YOU WON'T GET FROM JOHN MACKENZIE, SLEEPY MANNING, OR TTNQ

US Space and Scientific Agency NASA announced today that 2016 was the "hottest year on record".

For the THIRD YEAR in a row.

The map published with their report shows the entire east coast of Australia in the "Record Warmest" category.

Cueball MacKenzie will either ignore this report, or trot out his climate science naysayers to bleat and blather.

The past few days Cueball has been all askew after being the last one in town to find out what most business owners in the CBD had heard early in December - NO charter flights from China during this year's Chinese New Year.  And diminished visits to Cairns by Chinese tourists going forward.  What TTNQ and other tourism leaders WON'T tell anyone is WHY the Chinese are not coming this year.  

Since last July, there have been widespread reports in the
Chinese news media about the death of the Great Barrier Reef.  (大堡礁死)  The news has spread from tourism websites to the TV news in China.  Australia is criticised heavily in these stories for being negligent in protecting this World Heritage area.  The stories have even taken hold on the Chinese version of TripAdvisor.  

Travel agents in China report that tours booked for this charter season began to be cancelled in July and August, with the airlines (including China Eastern) discontinuing the offer of charter flights to Chinese travel agents on September 24, 2016.

Some of these stories are available:

UDN News
Mingpao.com
Guokr.com

Why are our tourism leaders hiding the facts from the public?  Maybe afraid of scaring off the "big projects" that we keep being told are "imminent"?

17 January 2017

BOMBSHELL REPORT ON REEF SNORKELING DEATHS BEING BURIED BY TOURISM BODIES AND GOVERNMENT - INCLUDING CAIRNS MP WARREN ENTSCH

Leaders of the Far North tourism industry have been given a secret, bombshell report that identifies the likely cause of the huge increase in tourist deaths while snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef. 

DEATH-SNORKEL, ANYONE?  EVERYONE!!!
These same tourism "leaders" are now all busy denying the existence of this report and, with the assistance of Member for Leichhardt and Minister for Blogs Warren Entsch, are apparently hiding the report from the lamestream media and the public.

Despite decades of working to broaden the tourism offerings in and around Cairns, the fact remains that the primary drawcard is the Reef.  And the standard offering is a day-trip to the Reef on Quicksilver - who you can hardly avoid given their near-monopoly on these overpriced (to many) junkets to splash around while being served a pedestrian lunch of slop.  Quicksilver owns Wavedancer, ProDive Cairns, Silver Series, Poseidon, and Great Adventures - along with Green Island.  Since beginning to consolidate all these tour businesses prices have skyrocketed making it the #1 tourism gouge in Australia.  But we digress. . . .

With the "Reef is Dying" news is known to many potential tourists around the world, a visit to Cairns is still the #1 Bucket List travel item for baby boomers now entering their silver years.  Few expect that their reef visit will result in kicking this same bucket, and quickly becoming their (exceptionally short) twilight years.  Giving "Reef Dying" a result that most wouldn't expect.

Recent deaths of two French tourists in November, 2016 - both on the same day - has resulted in a report commissioned on identifying the causation for the huge increase in so-called heart attack-related deaths.  And the report is now being hidden, while tourism sources have found that blaming it on Irukandji stings (never found by the hospital or coroner in these deaths) is better than what they now know.  And what YOU now know!

Medical professionals in the Bahamas have identified serious flaws in the standard "snorkel" breathing device that can trigger a heart attack-like event in swimmers.  Essentially - cheap, single-tube snorkels of the kind piled in crates on the deck of Quicksilver's pontoons allow divers to rebreathe air they've just exhaled, depriving the lungs of oxygen and putting massive stress on the heart.  Especially for those who are only marginally active or haven't snorkeled recently - or EVER.  Rebreathing their own poisoned air through a 10-buck snorkel would seem to be a poor, and unexpected, way to die.  

This has become well-accepted science at other shallow-
water diving areas in the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, and parts of Asia.  Modified designs of various kinds are now "standard equipment" at many of these dive locations, and at least two governments in the Caribbean now ban single-tube snorkels.  Australian authorities aware of this issue have been silenced by both the Queensland and Federal Governments.  Insiders report that senior executives at Quicksilver were appraised of these issues over two years ago, and Warren Entsch is said to be fully aware of the cover-up.

You can't make this shit up.

What do we think the fallout will be on the Cairns tourism industry as word of the unnecessary but foreseeable deaths starts to become better known?  

16 January 2017

2017 JOHN MACKENZIE DOUBLES-DOWN ON RIGHT WING RACIST AGENDA

FEW THINGS CAN GET SOMEONE TO RETURN
HOME EARLY FROM WHATEVER
PEDO-HAVEN HOLIDAY LOCATION THEY'VE GONE
John "Cueball" MacKenzie has begun the new year by putting up his #1 Issue - the presence of "itinerants" from the "communities".   And he's now being assisted by the voice of the right wing at Cairns Council, Richie Bates.  Bates has come up with a new, whiz-bang crime fighting tool that can be used to run these aboriginal itinerants out of town.  Or at least as Cueball said, "away from the tourists".  Bates said nothing in defence - he's now fully a tool of the CBD business community.  

Heaven knows we don't want the tourists to know how the original occupants of this land are being treated.  We're not even giving any lipservice to half-way housing, or alcohol rehab, or even support of homeless encampments.  Nope, we're only interested in pushing them out of the CBD.  And former  ALP leader is now at the front of the mob carrying his own pitchfork.  

You can't make this shit up.

CR. RICHIE BATES URGES COUNCIL
TO INVEST IN MORE HIGH-TECH
CRIME FIGHTING EQUIPMENT
Bates also mutely agreed that the "problem" as advanced by MacKenzie is 'the coppers driving around in their air conditioned cars with the windows up'.  Yea, that's the problem.

Funnily they didn't bring up the REAL problems that we have with the QPS in Cairns.  A three year constable arrested for high-range drink driving (0.18), and the QPS is actually hesitating about sacking her.  Another Cairns QPS constable arrested (AGAIN!) for wife beating.  This after the cover-up of the Cairns-based assistant commissioner who hit and killed a tourist, with the police report into the incident blocked from the media.  It's looking like Cairns is the dumping ground for low-skill police.  The good ones get skimmed-off and sent to the Gold Coast and other points south.

Then Macca calls "Jenny" from Brinsmead - a professed aboriginal elderly woman who claims that the problems are caused by the youth mimicking black American culture.  Yes, that's the problem.  Too much rap music.  MacKenzie creamed himself gushing over the support his right-wing agenda had support from other than his right-wing regulars.  Look for "Jenny" to be a frequent tool on the 2017 MacKenzie program.  

MacKenzie then filled out the crime-fighting program with a retired NSW prison guard who's got "all the answers".  Barf.  A caller from Mooroobool, "Terry",  then calls in to sing the praises of Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who put overflow prisoners in tents and introduced other cost controls.  Sadly neither the caller or MacKenzie is aware that Arpaio was turfed out of office by the voters in Phoenix, and indicted and arrested for federal crimes related to his term as Sheriff.  

4CA.  The Far North Queensland Home of "Fake News".  

ERRATA: 

4CA has begun running ads for Daikin Air Conditioning and local vendor "Hayden CARE-ENS".  Nothing better than using local vendors to do your commercials - except for the management at 4CA who've agreed to run them.  
  

10 January 2017

AQUIS MAY BE DEAD BUT TONY FUNG'S INVESTMENTS IN CASINO PROJECTS ARE ALIVE AND WELL

LOOKS JUST LIKE THE FANCY AQUIS
PICTURES WE WERE GIVEN
Can we all agree - Aquis Cairns is DEAD?  Well, maybe everyone agrees except Bob "Sleepy" Manning.  Someone wake him up, would'ja?

But the intrigues around "Big Daddy Tony" Fung Wing-Cheung and his erstwhile son Justin Fung continue to spin in the wake of the Queensland Government approval of the Echo Casino project in the Brisbane CBD, and the previously discussed Baha-Mar project, sitting unfinished in the Bahamas since late 2014.

Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, and principal Cheng Yu Tung, is a Hong Kong-based conglomerate with a foothold in the jewelry business.  The jewelry business has been used as a "money laundering" scheme in Macau to allow mainland Chinese to circumvent gambling restrictions.  Chow Tai Fook is a major investor in Macau-based casino operator SJM Holdings.

Chow Tai Fook was the "money" behind the Star (formerly Echo) bid for the Queen's Wharf project,  along with Far East Consortium (Australia).  With the project licence issued by the Queensland government this past October, we're now reporting that the Fung's are "off-the-books" investors in Queens's Wharf.  

Insiders report that Tony Fung had no way to get a casino
BIG DADDY FUNG.  GOTTA PUT
MY MONEY SOMEWHERE, GODDAMMIT!
licence from the Queensland Government, although the areas of concern were not raised, ignored, or not reported to the regulators in the ACT.


Chow Tai Fook Enterprises first attempted to purchase a poorly performing project in Las Vegas, and reportedly was rejected for a casino licence there.  

They then began negotiations to takeover the stalled Baha-Mar project, on which we've previously reported.  This project, over 90% completed but bankrupt due to malfeasance by the Chinese-government-owned contractor, is now being finished by Chow Tai Fook.  While the Bahamanian authorities were appraised of the casino licence rejection of this company, the Bahamanian government could not let this project sit uncompleted - and they've turned a blind eye to the shortcomings.

As has the Queensland government.  We understand that while investigators were advised by the US government of the licence rejection in Nevada, the government conveniently responded that the "information collection phase was closed" and they would not consider the rejection in their evaluation.

You can't make this shit up.

Tony Fung's companies are said to have pledged cash for the Baha-Mar project as well.

Insiders around Cairns believe Fung never had any intention of building out Aquis - it was a muscle-flexing exercise with upper echelon mainland Chinese government officials.  Remember the Boeing 757 "corporate jet" that Fung bought? It was really only used for one group of flights - government officials from the mainland who ultimately nixed putting any money into the Fung project in Cairns.

And Brisbane-based investigators have also connected the various Hong Kong entities to a known Chinese gangster, Stanley Ho.  And the Labor Party.  Along with the Queensland LNP.  They're all happy to wallow in the mud.  

Meanwhile, Cairns revels in the announcement that one major bridge (out of three), will be upgraded.  Praise Jesus!  




09 January 2017

SELF-DESCRIBED "ENGINEER" PETER SENIOR - PORT DREDGING EXPERT - GETS CONNED BY SCAM RUNNING OVER 15 YEARS

4CA's John "Cueball" MacKenzie has about 20 callers who are his "regulars".  Well they're not actually "callers", as Cueball and his sidekick, failed solicitor Murray, tee-up these regulars as they require for the theme of the day.

The theme of the day is the usual handful of topics:  Petrol overcharges, insurance rort, aural fellation of Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning, the itinerant drunks, the "communities", kill the crocodiles, and dredge the port.

A self-described engineer, Peter Senior of Redlynch, is the go-to "expert" on the port dredging.

HBW readers have written in previously to describe the putridness of Peter Senior's claims of being a "highly experienced engineer" with a degree from Cambridge.  One reader, principal at a local multi-disciplinary engineering design consultancy, lamented the bullshit and outright lies spewing from Peter Senior on these port dredging discussions.


Peter Senior is no where to be found on the Board of Professional Engineers in Queensland, and Australia.  Under the professional engineers act, it would be illegal for Senior to be operating or claiming engineering competence.

Senior claims to be proprietor of "Senior Consulting", however ASIC has no such registration for him.  He also claims to be operating as "Better-Management.Org".  Nope, no ASIC registration for THIS either.  Apparently Senior is just another kiwi who's come to rort off the hardworking Australian taxpayer and duck any income tax he might owe for his 'consulting work'.    

Such is the level of MacKenzie due diligence.  You can't make this shit up.

Well so today the Compost has a feature story about poor old Peter Senior.  In the article, Senior who  now claims to be a "management consultant", has been dudded for $500 for a puppy advertised on the internet.  A scam that is as old as the internet itself, and one that the ACCC warned about over a decade ago!    

Senior brings the story to the Compost with the argument 'if I, a MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT (ENGINEER, AUTHOR, RADIO PERSONALITY, SERIAL LIAR, PROFESSIONAL GOLFER) can get dudded, ANYONE can!'

No Peter, we're not ALL this stupid!

Perhaps Senior would like to offer his probono "management consulting" skills to Raj Patel, with the failed printing business.  Or Cairns Airport.  Or how about UNsir Bob Norman, who was an inept failure at running an ice creamery!

Such is the "advice" being given by John MacKenzie resident experts.  

More on this group again soon!  


06 January 2017

CAIRNS POST "EDITOR" TAKES HIS EDITORIAL CUES FROM HIS RIGHT-WING MASTERBAITERS

The Cairns community is starting to understand - Cairns does NOT have a local newspaper anymore.  First the printing of the Cairns Post was moved to Townsville.  Then the editorial decisions.  All that's left in Cairns is a few stringers, an on-call photographer, and several staff to take classified ads from the Chinese hooker pimps (using pictures stolen from the internet).

The "editor" is one Julian Tomlinson - who's only
"qualifications" for the job is being the poorly-educated son of a LNP operative.

So Tomlinson this week goes on the warpath against the regulation of the offshore fishing - despite the fact that these reasonable regulations have been supported by ALP, LNP, and Green parties in various forms.

In fact fishing take in North Queensland is not much different than 20 years ago.  Fewer fishing boats to be sure, but the industry was not sustainable with all the small boats that existed then.  Changes to the fishing rules have meant better, sustainable businesses for the lesser number of fishos.

One of the biggest changes that Tomlinson ignores is the decision by many Australian fishers to export the live catch to Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and China.  This live fish export business didn't exist 20 years ago and the fishos can command far higher prices from these markets then they can sell to us.  

The local fish have disappeared from the markets because we won't pay that much.  If a Trumpian solution were imposed (taxing the fishos 30% on the export of Australian fish), we'd see them back in the shops quick smart.

In the Tomlinson telling of the story however, he tells
baldfaced lies to support his campaign to extinguish the green zone system.  Tomlinson claims that Thailand has a fishable area "85% the size of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park", but takes "1000% more seafood".  Having us believe that Thailand has on their shores the biblical "loaves and fishes", and we should fish like this too.

It's a fucking lie.  A real journalist would know he couldn't slip this one past the goalie.

It's true, Thailand exports vast amounts of seafood.  FARMED seafood. For the Thais, you see, have actually made INVESTMENTS in this primary industry, in order to feed their people and, yes, brain-dead Australians.  WE let our fishos get fat and greedy by exporting our wild caught fish, and we all get to buy "frozen and defrosted" farmed fish - usually by Thailand - at prices we're apparently prepared to pay.  Even the Jonsson's Farm Market is filled with farmed and imported seafood.  

Who's the stupid ones here?  Get a mirror - it's us.

In fact, the live export of OUR fish to ELSEWHERE has
become a big business, not just for the fishos who do it but the company that designs and builds the technology that allows them to make these long flights.  Fishpac, a Victorian company, supplies the cargo flights on Cathay Pacific, Jetstar, and Qantas that is killing the fresh seafood business for Australian families.  Note the Fishpac brochure is available in English, and conveniently, in Chinese.  Wonder why?

Exporting raw materials is one thing.  Exporting our high-quality FOOD so that WE are only offered much lower quality food to replace it, is just wrong.  

The fishos have long used the Minister for Blogs, Warren Entsch, to protect the lucrative live fish export business for a few unAustralian fishos.  With big money to be pocketed, Entsch has supported the cutback in fishing boats while making sure lucrative "get out of the business" compensation is paid to his friends.  What has Entsch done to protect the average Cairns battler from the insurance gouge, the petrol gouge, the deteriorating road network, the investment in infrastructure so vital to Cairns' growth?

Nothing.  You can't make this shit up!

The Tomlinson editorial smacks of local LNP protection of the Crooked Entsch.  Tax incentives and some government startup funds could see Australia establish "world-class" sustainable fish farming.  A 30% or 40% tax on live fish exports would put a stop to a few fishos getting rich on the backs of the Australian consumer.

What will Crooked Warren do?  What he always does - NOT A DAMN THING!