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22 September 2016

REAL CAUSES OF CAIRNS HOSPITAL PROBLEMS LIKELY TO BE IGNORED BY BOTH SIDES OF POLITICS AS THEY SEARCH FOR EASY ANSWERS AND SCAPEGOAT THE STAFF

The real causes of the Cairns Hospital "budget blowout" is crystal clear to the sacked resigned board members, despite the fact that they were clearly over their head running this $800M/year business.  So much for political local management. . . 

It isn't lazy staff (as asserted by one letter in the Cairns Post today).  It isn't management perks (although the precedent for these ex-gratia payments was initiated by the previous sacked resigned chair Unsir Bob Norman). 

There are two decisions that have guaranteed the Cairns Hospital will cost the government MUCH MORE to operate than other facilities around Australia. 

TOO MANY BUILDINGS.  NO WONDER IT
CAN'T BE RUN EFFICIENTLY!
The first is the stupid decisions made by both ALP and LNP governments to keep investing in more and more add-on buildings on a site that should have been abandoned 25 years ago.  The oceanfront site that will without question eventually be inundated in a cyclone-driven tidal surge.

Our email exploded with commentary from current hospital staff who've all noted how much of their workdays is spent traversing up and down very slow elevators to get from one patient area to another as part of their normal course of duties.  

Instead of a new, efficiently-designed hospital on a greenfield site away from the ocean, braindead so-called leaders like Gavin King and John MacKenzie insisted that the Cairns Base Hospital be expanded instead of "inconveniencing" one end of town or the other.  To ensure the inefficiencies continue into the future, the LNP and Bob Norman then moved to sell-off the 20ha greenfield site in the southern suburbs!

Delivery of patient care at this aging Cairns Hospital facility is estimated to be 25-30% more expensive than modern facilities solely due to the increased staffing necessary to run this hodgepodge of buildings.

You can't make this shit up.

This is why the board resigned - they are well aware that this infrastructure issue is a poison chalice for any cost cutting.

In order to "hide" the increased staffing, UnSir Bob Norman's board began the widespread use of overtime and temporary contracts for staff, further blowing out the operational costs.  

As Cairns Hospital reached (and has now exceeded design capacity), the result of more expensive temp staff was inevitably going to exceed the budget.  

With the government of the day now appointing an administrator to go over the operation, we can expect a whitewash of the problem and continuing endemic financial shortfalls at this major regional hospital.  All while the hospital director bugs out back to the UK with an additional $159k of taxpayer money on top of the millions she took in salary.  

Meanwhile, Cairns Mayor Bob Manning was quoted first as expressing "full confidence in the hospital board", and then when learning of their sacking resignation, said: "Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz".  Now there's leadership!


20 September 2016

CAIRNS CBD PARKING - BAD AND GETTING WORSE - WITH CR. BATES OBLIVIOUS (AS USUAL)

Cairns (un)Regional Division 5 Councillor Richie "Master" Bates is arguably the most inept member of the already inept council.  A longtime union leader and ALP party leader, Bates checked his ethics at the door of the CRC chamber upon his election.  Division 5 is the location of almost all the development activities in the region but Bates continues to snooze as longterm parking problems are being cemented in-place by Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning.


RICHIE BATES RAKES IN THE DOSH
FROM THE BIG END OF TOWN
Like the continual merry-go-round of faux public issues that occupy "Cueball" MacKenzie and his 300 radio listeners, once again apparently this week we're getting a faux analysis of the issue.

When Lake Street was reopened to traffic, merchants heralded the newfound traffic as their "business saviour".  This has proven to be NOT the case - as traffic volumes choke Lake Street with slow-moving cars attracted to the "free parking" in the centre island along with public buses, "impulse" merchants like the news agency and fast food restaurants are reporting DECLINES in their business.

Lake Street is now seen as a "no-go zone" for most.  And all caused by council ineptitude.

And because of the ineptitude of Richie Bates, it's about to get worse.  MUCH MUCH WORSE.

We're already seeing a shortage of carparks adjacent to the new Cairns Aquarium.  While primarily caused by tradies scooping up all the carparks at 6AM, this is only a harbinger of the area's future.  With a shortfall of perhaps 400 carparks during peak periods, the Cairns Aquarium was given project approval with no objection from Bates.  And just a block away from the new Cairns Civic Theatre, which was already 200+ carparks short.  And now a second term for the Manning Council which has built NO new parking facilities despite at least one being "shovel-ready" when they took office!

You can't make this shit up.

And with Central Queensland University now approaching full capacity at their Shields Street site, this area adjacent to the Esplanade is now fully choked with a parking shortfall.  And with Council turning a blind eye to the now endemic parking in loading and taxi-pickup zones, merchants on the Esplanade and copping it from both directions.

Bates meanwhile is a reliable "ZZZZZZZZZ" on any vote called by Bob Manning.  And Bates cleared a healthy $8250 in electoral donations OVER AND ABOVE the $5000 he was required to hand over to Manning and the Unity Team. A nice little earner for him, that's for sure.

Merchants in many of these areas of the CBD are in for a rude awakening as this huge parking shortfall fully hits in the upcoming year.

Meanwhile Cueball MacKenzie will dance around the reality of this issue for a day or two, and then return to another dog-whistle for his diminishing audience.  Fluoride, perhaps?


  


13 September 2016

CAIRNS ECONOMY CRIPPLED BY BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT, MARKETING, AND LEADERSHIP FAILURES

With more that 25% of the Cairns economy directly related to the tourism performance of the region, the continued failures by all levels of government along with amateurish and uncoordinated business and marketing leadership are the major causes of continued high unemployment in the region.

CURRENT DESIGN PROPOSAL FOR THE
EAGERLY-AWAITED AQUIS PROJECT
The few employers who HAVE attempted to expand their employment (including two of the major reef trip operators) have found a dearth of 18-26yo residents available for training and employment.  This excepting the local ATSI population - which one manager at the weekend's Amateurs Ball loudly told his tablemates"are unemployable and aren't even considered" at his company.  More shocking than this statement were the nods of approval from the rest of the table - one of which was a local banking manager!

The "published dress code" for the Ball - which required "Black Tie, with a lounge suit as a minimum for men", brought a laugh of derision from a table full of Melbournites who flew up for a holiday - who were appalled at the number of locals who adhered to the dress code but still were traipsing around without footwear!  

PROMOTE LOCAL TOURISM?
NO, EASIER TO PULL IRRELEVANT
NEWS ABOUT AMERICAN
RAPPERS
The drain of Cairns by young people is a serious issue that leaders fail to address.  This includes those getting a tertiary education from our local universities - with a documented 84% of locals graduating from these schools leaving Cairns to seek employment.

Andrigyne MP and Minister for Blogging Warren Entsch has zero plans for growing employment in his electorate, instead focusing on personal issues like gay marriage.  Entsch was a director and chairman of the Roy Lavis company CEC Group in the lead-up to its collapse in a mountain of bad debt.  In April, prior to the federal election, Entsch was prepared to cross the floor to vote in favour of the Labor-sponsored Royal Commission on Banking.  However Roy Lavis confirmed this week that he has apparently managed to "strong-arm" the flaccid Entsch into another (sigh) flip-flop, with Entsch clearly still taking orders from the big end of town at the expense of Cairns residents.

The Cairns Post, which faithfully reported as "fact" the flood of misleading and dishonest press releases coming from CEC (written by self-appointed "business guru" Andrew Griffiths) continues to spout the long-since-proven nonsense that a bank caused the collapse of the Lavis companies.  At one point close to the collapse, Griffiths wrote in a CEC Press Release that "the banks are fully supportive". . .   Anyone taking advice from Griffiths needs to have their head examined.

Then we get the report that Sleepy Bob Manning is (sigh)
WELCOME TO CAIRNS
again meeting with the Fung family on the once-again downscaled Aquis resort.  Manning continues to act as a delusional cheerleader for this ill-fated project.  With China continuing to clampdown on outflows of hard currency from the communist country, continued promotion of this fantasy saps energy from the rest of the community.


Cairns Central along with the CBD is seeing continued business failures and empty shopfronts.  While Cairns Central still remains the ONLY Lend Lease-owned facility without free (or ANY) wifi service for their guests, they've upgraded to a large screen display board over their centre meeting area.  But instead of supporting the local tourism industry, they've decided instead that news about American rap music artists is more vital then our local community.  

The lack of coordinated marketing to our visiting tourists has been a major failure by Advance Cairns and TTNQ for decades.  

Meanwhile, do-nothing Barron River MP Craig Crawford (along with the carpetbagging Brett Moller, who's already looking for a step up the political ladder) rushed to the Cairns Port this week to take "credit" for the new home-porting of the P&O Ship Pacific Eden.  The Pacific Eden was called "Worse than a one-star motel" by the Sydney Morning Herald just a few months ago.  However it represents the future of the Cairns Boutique Port experience - a midsize ship that fits into our port just fine WITHOUT $300m in reef-wrecking dredging.  Crawford's electorate does NOT include the Cairns CBD nor the port, but he rushed to take credit for this service just to ensure the Cairns MP, Rob Pyne, didn't. 

Meanwhile, who's doing anything to solve our chronic problems of low employment, the exodus of the young and educated, the lack of public and private infrastructure investment, and the shortfall in public services from places like the Cairns Hospital?

We await some news. . . . . 




28 August 2016

CAIRNS AIRPORT INSIDERS REPORT FORMER FAILED CEO KEVIN BROWN TOLD NO CHANCE HIS CONTRACT WOULD BE RENEWED

Public and institution investor pressure on the North Queensland Airport (NQA) Board over a year ago provided the impetus to jettison failed CEO Kevin Brown, we can now report.

An insider with board contacts has reported that the growing list of scandals being mishandled by Brown were the catalyst that saw the investment banker-run board appoint Norris Carter to their board over a year ago in preparation for Brown's ouster from Cairns.

While the NQA Board suggested that a "worldwide search" for a new CEO was conducted, it was only perfunctory with Carter the only viable candidate.

SOMEONE WAKE ENTSCHY
UP AND TELL HIM IT'S 2016
Carter took on the directorship of NQA in addition to his job at Auckland Airport, and almost immediately began producing results for Cairns.  The Cairns service provided by Philippine Airlines, which continues to Auckland, was the brainchild of Carter - not Cairns Airport's development head Janice Antonson.  As airlines have taken delivery of over 6500 new airliners since 2006, they've got to fly them somewhere.  The shuttering of Australian Airlines and reduction in flights in/out of Cairns in 2005-2006 was largely the result of delivery delays by Boeing of the huge 787 order placed by Qantas.  When these new aircraft weren't available as originally forecast, Qantas had no choice but to End-Of-Life the 767 and 747 fleet, leaving short-margin tourist destinations like Cairns to shrink.

Antonson and Commercial Chief Fiona Ward were both brought to Cairns from Edinburgh, Scotland by Kevin Brown.  All three have performed miserably, with Antonson jokingly called "The Stiff" by insiders.  While everyone else was booking new service, Cairns saw critical service lost including the United Airlines connections to the USA, Japan, and China via Guam.  Carter has in his time in Auckland regained service from United Airlines which was discontinued several years ago.  Antonson despite pockets of Queensland Government incentive money has done little to nothing.  The new Hong Kong Airlines service fell into their lap - they weren't chasing it at all fearing retribution by Cathay Pacific.

Antonson is already known to be scouring the planet for a new sucker employer.  And Kevin Brown is reportedly already pissing off the very professional operational team at the Perth Airport.  We give him two years before he gets the sack there, too.

Four years ago Antonson and Brown came up with the oh-so-clever "Bolt to Cairns" marketing idea after Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt's performance at the Olympics.  Four years later, mercifully no one has tried to resurrect this patently embarrassing idea.  But we hear Minister for Blogs Warren Entsch still thinks Bolt is coming. . . . .

Meanwhile the erstwhile "Digital Media Coordinator" Brent Adams is looking for a new career as the NQA advertises for his replacement.  His tenure didn't even make it to the arrival of Norris Carter as CEO with his social media cockups ultimately his undoing.  After the "Contest Scandal", Adams locked down all of his PERSONAL social media accounts - sadly too late thanks to the HBW investigation.  Something hilarious in seeing a millenial being gutted by his own social media transgressions.  

Norris Carter's action (or inaction) on the open festering wounds at the Cairns Airport will be interesting to observe.  Reports suggest that the massive fuel leak (the source still unidentified) is now seeing measurable hydrocarbons adjacent to the Barron River - and perhaps INTO the Barron, and reef.  We understand that lawyers between the Queensland Government and NQA are dicking around about the issue with both claiming the other is responsible.  This is a huge issue that still gets only cursory attention by the Cairns media.  With the Federal Government now reviewing the problem the suspension of underground fuel delivery to aircraft is growing likely, with massive additional costs passed on to NQA.

And then there's the issue of the contractually-required by still unbuilt pedestrian access to the airport from the Cook Highway.  If the member for Barron River ever can find his testicles perhaps this clear requirement will finally be put on the Queensland Government's Agenda.

25 August 2016

ONE INEFFECTIVE INSIDER GONE ONLY TO BE REPLACED BY EVEN MORE INSIDE-INSIDER

We'd like to sing the Wizard of Oz tune "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead".  Peter Tabulo, who should have been sacked by Mayor Schier for his piss-poor performance as Kevin Byrne's "developer's poodle" has finally exhausted his welcome with the Cairns Council.

His legacy?  A raft of prison towers in our CBD masquerading as unit developments.  A raft of Development Approvals with missing components greeted by a Tabulo "wink" to the developers and no enforcement of important conditions.  A raft of major projects that have gone horribly over budget as the council has been rudderless for the last four years with Bob Manning in perpetual nap and Tabulo over his head in his first (and last) CEO position.

Tabulo is been allowed to slink into the night like the snake he has been.

However we're supposed to applaud the elevation of John Andrejic?  We don't think so!

Andrejic is in the finance position only for his skills at "creative accounting" - skills he honed as a Manning puppet at the Port Authority.  Andrejic has been signing the cheques on the projects that are now under scrutiny.  With little in the way of checks-and-balances, the Council books are hazy and un-transparent.  Who knows the real position of this Council?

$200M AIRPORT UPGRADE AND WE COULDN'T
MOVE THE POSTS.  WHO PAID FOR THIS MESS?
Andrejic is also directly responsible for the $12 Million computing cock-up.  So a guy loses $12M and we give him a promotion?  Why would anyone do that??

Cover-up.  That's why.  That's how these things work when corruption and malfeasance is rampant.

Andrejic is also responsible for the last remodel at the Cairns Airport domestic terminal when he was employed by the North Queensland Airport Group.  This remodel is widely viewed as mishandled and inadequate, flushing $200M down the dunny.  Sure, let's promote the guy!

The Cairns Council is doing the ratepayers a disservice by not bringing in a new set of eyes and new set of skills.  We're told that all of these discussions are occurring "behind closed doors".  How can the Minister for Local Government ignore this clear violation of the Open Government Act?  How can these councillors participate in such closed-door negotiations?  Like the elevation of Tabulo as "CEO in Training", John Andrejic as CEO is the latest dangerous management decision by this lazy Council.


Errata:
Lots of emails piled up from our loyal readers.  Can't we take a holiday after the elections?


30 July 2016

WEEKS LATER CAIRNS COUNCIL CANDIDATES AND COUNCILLORS HAVE NOT FILED REQUIRED FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES - YET ECQ WANTS TO FINE NON-VOTERS

RAJ PATEL, MACKENZIE
CANDIDATE FOR DIVISION 5.
AWARD FOR "FEWEST VOTES PER MINUTE
OF IGNORANT DIATRIBE"
The Electoral Commission Queensland Commission has begun sending infringement notices to registered voters who failed to vote in the Local Government Elections earlier this year.

However despite the lodging deadline having passed weeks ago, a number of candidates for Cairns Regional Council have FAILED to lodge their financial disclosure notices as required.

These failures include:


Raj Patel (Division 5)
Gavin Vincent (Division 6)
Flora Pondrilei  (Division 7)
Ellen Weber (Division 8)
Greg Fennell (Division 9)
Howie and Bronwyn Thomas (Division 9)

Of the Cairns (dis)Unity Team, only one councillor has lodged their disclosure - Richie Bates.  However his notice is defective (as are many of them).

An inquiry made with the Unity Team got the response:  "We filed a disclosure for the team - we don't need to file anything else".

This is incorrect.

The law clearly says "Candidates who benefit from funds controlled by other candidates are to disclose the benefit received".  Team members had corflutes paid by the team - hence BOTH the team disclosure and the recipient MUST disclose on their return.

So the following additional disclosures are missing:


Brett Moller (Division 1)
John Schilling (Division 2)
Terry James (Division 4)
Max O'Halloran (Division 7)
Jessie Richardson (Division 8)

Raj Patel has made two separate defences on his failure to file.  First he said he was "self-funded".  Not an excuse, Raj.  Then he said he had NO funding.  Wrong again, Raj.
PATEL HAS ATTACKED OTHER CANDIDATES
FOR CAMPAIGN FINANCE IRREGULARITIES.
BUELLER?  BUELLER?  BUELLER???

The law clearly says that EVERYONE has to file a funding disclosure, even if it is a "Nil Return".  So who paid for the corflutes, Raj?  Mercifully, Raj has apparently gotten the message from the public's disinterest in his campaign and he's abandoned his blog and stopped posting on Facebook.  Cairns residents breathe a sigh of relief. 

Richie Bates and the other candidates who were sitting councillors are required to file returns that clearly encompass the period from THEIR FIRST ELECTION as a councillor to 30 days after this election.  This is extremely important - have sitting councillors been getting money from the outside during their term?  The public needs to know.  EVEN FOR THE COUNCILLORS WHO FAILED, like Slippery Greg Fennell.

Time for the ECQ to send out infringement notices to these people, too.  Not just the public.



28 July 2016

TOBRUK POOL WOES EXPLODE AS COUNCIL DISCOVERS OUR "OLYMPIC STANDARD" POOL IS TOO SHORT. REALLY. YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS SHIT UP!

The first contract rushed through the Bob "Sleepy" Manning Council in 2012 was the so-called redevelopment of the Tobruk Pool.  This redevelopment was the Manning "payback" to Life Member of the Tobruk Pool Association, Max "Grabby" O'Halloran.  

Howls of protest greeted the announcement.  No public consultation, too expensive, in the wrong place, no money left for any other sporting facilities.   Even council poodle Raj Patel (who has yet to file a campaign disclosure with the Electoral Commission) attacked Manning for the lack of transparency.  Not one $buck of state or federal money went into the project.  They both have put money into Townsville swimming facilities. 

The Tobruk Pool was the first (and last) test of Bob Manning's "Public-
NOT ONE
TENDER, BOB
Private Partnership" plan for city infrastructure.  All the Stage 3 business opportunities that were supposed to shoulder some of the cost?  NOT EVEN ONE TENDER.  A lazy $5M down a rathole. 


Then the contract was given to Adco, a contractor with a history of pool construction failure instead of a local trade consortium.  

Council insiders are now all abuzz with word that the pool has one major problem:  IT DOESN'T MEET FINA (International Swimming Federation) STANDARDS FOR OLYMPIC SWIMMING EVENTS!

Why?  It's been said to be almost 200mm too short, with different lengths in each of the 10 lanes!   So the pool isn't just short, it's not square.  Close enough?

FINA CAN approve sanctioned events in a pool if the length is non-compliant.  However FINA does NOT approve sanctioned events if the design "materially interferes with the competition".  And a non-square pool with different lane lengths is deemed such material interference.  FINA Standards are available for your perusal HERE.  

In short - our "world class" $23M+ swimming pool is unable to be used for "world class" events!

YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS SHIT UP!

MAX WAS SUPPOSED TO BUY A
MEASURING TAPE WITH THIS MONEY
It's not clear that even all the councillors have been briefed on this cock-up.  One new councillor told about this report  sounded surprised when asked for his comment.

And it's even more unclear what Council is planning to do about this major failure.



24 July 2016

CAIRNS POST CONTINUES JOURNALISTIC SLIDE FEATURING STORIES THAT MAKE NO SENSE AND PANDER TO THOSE WITH LOW INTELLIGENCE

It's hard to understand if ANY journalistic standards exist now at the Cairns Post - or if there really is someone attempting to be an 'editor'.


LOVELY CAIRNS COUPLE - 17 YEARS OLD
AND LIVING ON THE DOLE - NO PROBLEM
In just this week, we've been treated to a series of ignorant and nonsensical stories that reflect little reality.  And while the ComPost for years has dished out bullshit stories about projects that never get off the ground (a'la the Paul Freebody waterhole), even these stories are now lacking the allure of their usual fools-gold plating.

Take the headline story "MINER EYES CAPE YORK FOR LITHIUM EXPLORATION".  The ComPost touts the story as perhaps "heavy lifting. . .the Far North's Economy?"

So insignificant was this development the company Lithium Australia, didn't bother to even promote it.  So insignificant is the development that the Palaszczuk Labor government haven't even bothered to include it in their mining exploration plans.

Then the ComPost gets to the key facts they've uncovered with this "exclusive"!  Lithium Australia's CEO sez:  "It will be going through the normal routine process, but I've got no idea how long that takes".

So it's another ComPost story about NOTHING.  It should have been one sentence, but instead it's a headline-grabbing nonsense.

Then we get to one of our two phantom Chinese developers, Mr. Benny Wu.  The Cairns Post CONTINUES to claim Benny Wu is the owner of Double Island.  It was long ago established that Wu is just a "front man" for an Australian-based Director of China's Shandong Energy, Owen Huang (黄-平).  This kind of false stories can mislead local contractors and tradies if and when they contract for work.  The ComPost shouldn't be misleading the public this way.

The ComPost this week again flogs this dead horse by proffering the "latest and greatest excuses" from Benny Wu as to why after almost four years he's done NOTHING to reopen Double Island, or even refurbish the now-beyond-sleazy Acacia Court Hotel.  Ditto with the Kewarra Beach Resort.


WITH MOST OF THE GUESTS AT THE
ACACIA COURT NOW CHINESE, THEY TELL THEIR
FRIENDS  ABOUT CAIRNS INSTEAD OF
THESE PESKY
TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS
Benny Wu, who claims to be "Dr. Wu", has a diploma-mill doctorate from the disgraced Lincoln University - a scam closed down long ago by American authorities.

In a bizarre twist, the Cairns Post then allows new Advance Cairns CEO Kevin "Hiding from the Pakis" Byrne to give Benny a kick in the nuts.  Our new Cairns "Business Cheerleader" is quoted:  "The realist in me tells me that we're unlikely to see (these Benny Wu projects) proceed under the current ownership".  Perhaps Kevin believes his wife, Amanda Byrne, who was struck off for life as a property manager by the Queensland Government a decade ago, could do a better job.  We excitedly await the Byrne review of Aquis.

The third bizarre ComPost story this week involves perhaps the most serious social issue in Cairns - the huge youth unemployment rate.  A reported 26.6%, community leaders routinely quote 50% as closer to reality.


The Cairns Post gives us Kyle O'Donnell and Natalia Grasso,
TWO CHILDREN STRUGGLING
TO SURVIVE - BUT I'VE GOT
ENOUGH CASH FOR THE
NEW $1000 iPHONE 6
who claim they are "living week-to-week as they desperately search for work".  The ComPost gins up sympathy for the couple, who we find are "both 17-year-olds" who have to spend "their entire savings on living expenses".


First of all, WTF are these two children doing not living at home?  Well they weren't going to school - neither of these two "lovebirds" even bothered to finish high school.  So even the foreign backpackers have more skills to offer Cairns employers.

But a little troll through the young couple's Facebook pages paint a much different picture of these two children.

Kyle O'Donnell looks to have a seriously hardworking father.  No mention of a mother anywhere, so that's a worry.  Kyle has been boasting since he was 15 that he loves his grog.  Who's the alcohol enabler of a 15 year old?  No talk about a job, or career, or anything that might help his future.  But lots of talk about lifting weights, buying expensive body-builder supplements, and boasts about how "ripped" he's getting.  Put some of that effort into a job-hunt, kid.

Natalia Grasso's mother is one Christine Burke.  She says she's a hard working mum and works at a hospital in New South Wales.  As mother of three children all with different last names, she hasn't exactly been the world's best role model for Natalia, but the distance has sure lightened the load for mum. 

Natalia talks about "great weekends away" with her 17 year old beau, so you've got to wonder why the Cairns Post didn't dig a little deeper.  Where are these two kids living, anyway?  Are they collecting the dole from Centrelink?  What kind of job services are they being provided?  Anyone suggested that maybe they need to get a little more schooling?


KYLE MIGHT FIND IT EASIER TO GET
EMPLOYMENT IF HE AT LEAST
"HIDES" HIS IGNORANT
RACIST VIEWS
K
Natalia says "it's really hard", and that they had to spend "their entire savings on living expenses".  I see Kyle is using the latest model $1000 Apple iPhone.  Some things more important than food, I guess.  Boo fucking hoo.  I smell a Cairns Post setup.

These are the prototypical young people we're turning out in Cairns.  This isn't meant to be a critique of these two children, who apparently agreed to be featured in this Cairns Post story.  If your mother is banging out bastards left and right and there's no one at home being a parent and getting you schooled properly, its mum and no daddy that cop the blame.  The Cairns Post put a sad picture at the head of the story and then invested precious little in the way of actual reporting.  Another FAIL by the Cairns Post.  The viewpoint being promoted to the readers is that apparently Cairns has high youth unemployment and that government isn't doing enough.  It's an opinion with no substance - is John MacKenzie now editing the ComPost?

Yes, we DO have a massive youth unemployment.  Why hasn't the Cairns Post done a REAL story about the causes and solutions?

Finally, we've got a disjointed story about liquor use in the Cape York community of Kowanyama.  It's horribly written and makes no sense.  It talks about liquor-related offences being high, and then we find out later in the story that the majority of them are liquor POSSESSION, not public drunkenness, drink driving, or some "real" crime.  The only "real" crime is the fact that reporter Grace Mason can't write a coherent sentence, and that Julian Tomlinson can't recognise shit when he reads it.

The most shocking information however is put at the end of the story, almost as an afterthought.  It says that the Kowanyama Canteen "limits" a person to 10 cans of middle beer in the four hours they're open, except on "Super Saturdays" when there are NO limits.  No wonder the "canteen idea" hasn't fixed the problem.  


21 July 2016

CURRENT STRENGTH WITH INTERNATIONAL TOURISM BEING UNDERMINED BY QANTAS AND OTHER AIRLINE PARTNERS - WITH OUR LOCAL TOURISM LEADERS ASLEEP AS USUAL

The majority of Cairns international tourists arrive via domestic flights from other international "gateways" in Australia.  Warren Entsch promised YEARS AGO that he was "fighting" for requirements to triangulate new international flights with stops in Cairns - as Cathay Pacific has been doing for YEARS.  Like all Warren Entsch "promises", nothing came of this one, either.

New international flights are continually announced for Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth and all of these new flights OVERFLY Cairns on their way.  Forcing these passengers into domestic flights to visit Cairns.

Is it any wonder Qantas and Virgin profits are up?  

Qantas has quietly announced another change that will make international tourists jump through MORE hoops in order to visit Cairns - hoops that very well will mean they miss flights altogether.

Like their low-cost offering Jetstar, Qantas will no longer "interline" baggage between Qantas flights from Cairns to the other international hubs.  For the bulk of our visitors, transiting Sydney, this means they now:

  • Check luggage in Cairns ONLY to Sydney
  • WAIT and collect these bags at the Sydney domestic terminal
  • Wrestle these international bags (jammed with boomerangs, liquor, and baby formula) into the inadequate and overcrowded inter-terminal bus to get to the Sydney International Terminal
  • Pay $5 for this bus service
  • Wait in ANOTHER QUEUE to check-in their international bags
  • Wait in ANOTHER QUEUE to go through hand luggage screening
  • Miss their connecting flight

VS:

  • Check their bags in Cairns to their final destination
  • Take the inter-terminal "prescreened passenger" shuttle
  • Load up on more designer crap at the Sydney Airport

Where is the outcry from our Cairns tourism "leadership" on
this change?

The Australian airline industry was "deregulated" with no accompanying rules on their operation.  ALL the Australian airlines routinely ignore complaints about their operations.  The consumer organisation CHOICE notes that currently 1 in 4 passengers have had problems with delayed or cancelled flights.

With most getting NO assistance from the airlines - because there are NO RULES.  Deregulation in Europe, the USA, Japan, and other countries came with government regulations on their performance.  

WE HAVE NONE.

Choice has launched a new website for the lodging of consumer complaints.  We have learned that Choice has attempted to place advertising for the service in the Cairns Airport terminals by purchasing advertising space.  The airport has refused - any guess why?


16 July 2016

OUR FAVOURITE RADIO BIGOT PREPARES A DINNER PARTY FOR ONE


WHAT KIND OF VEGGIES LOOK GOOD THIS WEEK?  CAULIFLOWER?  
SHIT, NONE IN THIS EAR.  WHAT ELSE LOOKS GOOD?

LET'S ROOT AROUND IN THE PEAPODS.

I ALWAYS PREFER THE PEAPODS THAT HAVE A
FORTUNE INSIDE.  NONE OF THEM AT RUSTY'S


ALWAYS LOOK WAAAAAY IN THE BACK.  THAT'S WHERE
THEY HIDE THE BEST ONES!


SO HOW DO I USE A CREDIT CARD ON THIS THING?








Happy to insert more appropriate captions
Thanks to Anthony R. for the photos

13 July 2016

BOB MANNING COUNCIL "BUY LOCAL" POLICY RESULTS IN HIGHER COSTS, SHITTIER INFRASTRUCTURE AND RATEPAYERS PAY TWICE

During the 2012 Cairns Council elections, Bob "Sleepy" Manning and his Unity Team berated the Schier Council for purchasing a prefabricated bridge to form part of the Aeroglen Cycleway.  This bridge was purchased by Council staff after evaluating the quality and cost of the options.


"BUY LOCAL" BRIDGE PROVES
TO BE POOR ECONOMY
The use of a local contractor to custom fabricate a bridge of this type is MUCH more expensive than the alternatives.  One can understand this after we hear the bid for the Pacific Patrol Boat contract by the Cairns Shipbuilding Consortium was over 30% more expensive than the winning Perth shipyard.  

But Manning pushed forward to have bridges for the Southern Cycleway fabricated by a Cairns contractor.  

This week, one of these bridges was torched and made inoperative. Vandalism on the south side of the city is known to be rampant, and two of these bridges are in secluded areas inaccessible to police patrols.   

But the ignorance shown by Bob Manning and his "buy-local" policies are now costing ratepayers plenty. Engineers have discovered structural damage to the bridge due to the fire.  The warped metal superstructure might be a write-off according to Council insiders - meaning the entire bridge will need to replaced.  And this isn't the only dud bridge on the Southern Cycleway.  It's only a matter of time. . .


AEROGLEN BRIDGE -
LOOKS LIKE THE DAY IT WAS NEW
The Manning-contracted bridges have been built by amateur "buy-local" bridge builders and made easy to vandalise - as they have been on numerous occasions.  In particular the use of flammable decking material on the bridges made this a predictable outcome.  Since the Manning Council is now fully engaged in hiding financial decisions from the public, there's no way of knowing how much more this bridge cost than the better-quality options.

The Aeroglen bridge?  Cheaper, a better design, vandal-resistant, and with decking that can't be set alight.  Councils right across Australia have been purchasing these quality-designed and made bridges along with other public infrastructure without issue.  The vendor, Queensland-based Landmark, was dudded on these new bridges by Manning, despite their status as an Australian Local Government "Preferred Supplier".  Perhaps the only shortcoming by them is the fact THEY haven't given political contributions to the Unity Team.

Is "buy-local" right if the costs are grossly overpriced and the quality is shit?  Our Australian Navy didn't think so.  Neither do we.

The Manning "buy-local" policy is the mistake that keeps on taking - from us, the ratepayers.

12 July 2016

CAIRNS AIRPORT ENCOURAGES HOI POLLOI TO LEAVE DURING THE CAIRNS SHOW - AND GIVES THEM A DISCOUNT TO BOOT!


The Cairns Airport has today sent an email to Cairns residents, offering an incentive to skip the hillbilly "Cairns Show".  Apparently spurred by Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning, the airport is offering incentives to skip the show and get outta town.

Meanwhile if residents go to meet family and friends at the airport, they find a carefully crafted system designed to extract money from the public.  NO place to wait with the entire precinct plastered with "NO PARKING" signs.  NO mobile phone car parking as is STANDARD at virtually every airport around the world.  And a "free" parking period of 10 minutes in the carparks - not enough time to run from your car to the terminal and back.

Cairns Airport management now are encouraging Cairns residents to screw the show and get out of town.    





COMMUNITY SPIRIT BE DAMNED!


08 July 2016

JOHN MACKENZIE QUICK TO TALK ABOUT CRIME IN "THE COMMUNITIES" BUT A WILLING PARTNER TO COVER-UP POLICE MALFEASANCE

Since ejection of the reactionary Newman government by the voters of Queensland, we've noted an increased openness by the Queensland Police Service in their dealings with the public.

Cairns, like most larger areas, has a dedicated QPS Media officer in Senior Constable Russ Parker.  He's generally been a fair and reliable source of crime news in Cairns, and usually ensures that John MacKenzie doesn't step "over the line" in his reporting on local crime.  MacKenzie is known to be quick to point out allegations of crime against certain indigenous members of the community, and he's not unwilling to exaggerate situations.  Cueball has frequently said over the years that "hundreds of pushbikes are stolen from Cairns Central."  HUNDREDS.  MacKenzie is the bottom-feeder of broadcasters, trolling up misery for his own amusement.







SC Parker however has played along with MacKenzie in ignoring a serious crime charged this week.  On Thursday a 41-year-old male Constable was stood down by the QPS, charged with Grievous Bodily Harm of a 23 year old British tourist on April 17, in the Cairns CBD.  

The incident has been "hidden" by SC Parker twice - once when it occurred on April 17, and then yesterday when the Constable was stood down and charged.  We know about the incident ONLY because of the reports made by the Queensland Police Service Ethical Standards command, who released the information yesterday in Brisbane.

Not a mention of it by SC Parker to the Cairns community.  Not in his daily "media wrap", nor when he gave his 10 minute crime wrap-up on the MacKenzie program.  John MacKenzie who has little trouble reading all the bad news out of the newspaper was happy to play along with the local QPS media coverup, despite the story on this constable being featured in the Cairns Post.

All sadly typical.

And unlike most criminals charged with such a serious offence, no word on the name of the Constable involved despite the QPS asking for "information which could assist in this matter".  If we don't know his name, how can other possible victims of this copper come forward with their information?  Likewise if this Constable has an exemplary record of service, those people can't come forward either.  Because we're hiding his name - despite the Crime and Corruption Commission statement saying that "The CCC has reviewed all the available evidence and determined there are reasonable prospects of a successful criminal prosecution".

The victim of this alleged attack sustained serious injuries including a broken jaw and eye socket.  A great Welcome to Cairns for our wonderful backpackers.

This lack of candor from SC Russ Parker comes on the heels
AS PROMOTED BY SENIOR CONSTABLE
RUSS PARKER
of his promotion of a known Urban Myth about "credit card skimming" of financial data.  Parker stoked community paranoia by claiming that "he won't have an (RFID) chip credit card" because "he's heard they're not secure".  This is the kind of police information we are getting from our local constabulary?


For the record, RFID chips on your credit card (the part that makes the cards "PayWave" ready) contain only encrypted data and have had ZERO reports of actual fraud requiring the use of a special wallet.  Sure, they can be read - but it's gibberish that can't be decoded.  

You can't make this shit up. 

Sadly I guess SC Russ Parker is getting his technical information from Ouija boards and TV commercials.  

Trust by the public in their police service is a nebulous but necessary component of policing success.  And the trust can be squandered very quickly by them in short order with foolish mistakes and missteps. 

And in the case of this week's criminally-charged Constable, Parker seems happy to hide the truth from all of us in Cairns.