GAVIN KING KOWTOWS TO "FREAKS AND WEIRDOS"

GAVIN KING KOWTOWS TO "FREAKS AND WEIRDOS"
GAVIN KING KOWTOWS TO "FREAKS AND WEIRDOS"

19 December 2014

MAJOR CRIME SCENE IN MANOORA ***UPDATED***

Eight children have been found dead at a home in Murray Street in Manoora.

Ages of the deceased look are said to be between 18 months and 15 years.  Some or all are said to have been stabbed.

A woman in her 30's has been taken to the hospital with injuries.

It is now reported this woman, the mother of some or all of the dead children, is "assisting with the police inquiries".

We all know what that means. . . .



More soon. . . . .

18 December 2014

AQUIS APPROVED - KIND OF - WITH 72 PAGES OF CONDITIONS AND STILL NO CASINO LICENSE

The Joh Bjelke Newman government this morning released the Coordinator-General's approval of the Aquis resort and CASINO with some 72 pages of conditions.


However Tony Fung and his son still have no license to operate a casino, and we are advised will not be given one in Queensland.

More soon. . . .

17 December 2014

DID SOMEONE CALL AN ELECTION? TROUTY ROLLS OUT UNSIGHTLY, ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN SIGNS IN SEVERAL LOCATIONS ACROSS ELECTORATE

Residents across the electorate of Barron River are wondering if Joh Bjelke Newman has called an election today.  These residents are questioning the legality and, in at least one case, the safety of giant new signs erected by MP Michael Trout in various locations around the electorate.

In one case (shown) the sign is clearly on Queensland State road reserve and illegally installed.

However all the cases run afoul of the Cairns Local Law #6, the Local Law on Signage.  

A woman who answered the phone at Trouty's office in Smithfield gave us the one-word answer "supporters' when she was asked who erected the sign.  We also asked if she had ever erected the member (or is the member's member), and it was at this point she hung up.

We like the signs.  We'll like them better after they've been "adjusted" - crews at work soon.  They're a daily reminder of how little this dickhead has done for us.


09 December 2014

NEWMAN LNP GOVERNMENT SHITCANS CAIRNS PORT UPGRADE DREDGING - WHY ARE GAVIN KING & MICHAEL TROUT HIDING THE TRUTH?

Cairns residents are now referring to Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King as a failure for Cairns.  Starting out his tenure by secret backdoor communications with Bob "Sleepy" Manning, he gave away $34M for CBD upgrades and almost $100M for the Entertainment Precinct.  

So the rejection of the long-expected Cairns Port cruise ship dredging project is another kick in the nuts for Cairns.  The rejection, coming before the release of the Port Dredging Environmental Impact Statement, is hidden in Queensland Government port strategy documents that have received little attention from the media.  

In the Newman government's "Queensland Ports Strategy" document just released for a very short comment period, they make it crystal clear that we're not getting any dredging.  Now, or ever.  While some might feel this is a victory for Cairns, it cuts two ways - saving the environment while starving Cairns for needed infrastructure development.  

In the summary on page vi they establish five Queensland ports as "Priority Port Development Areas".  YES for Townsville.  NO for Cairns and Mourilyan.  Apparently the Newman government agrees with the ALP assessment of the Cairns Port - it's a "boutique" port, and not slated for any type of expansion.  Manning, King, and all the other fuckers who claimed otherwise and blocked the Schier Council's Entertainment Precinct were wrong.  They were always wrong.


Then in the paragraph that kills the dredging once and for all:  "Within and adjoining the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, the Queensland Government will PROHIBIT DREDGING for the development of new, OR THE EXPANSION OF EXISTING PORT FACILITIES OUTSIDE PPDA'S, for the next ten years."  (Emphasis added).



They take Cairns off the PPDA list, and then kill the dredging.

Townsville is now also slated for $30M in upgrades for the Navy.  This is another kick in the balls, meaning NO expansion of HMAS Cairns.

It doesn't matter that the Cairns Ports EIS is "missing in action".  They didn't want to give us any hope whatsoever.  The EIS doesn't matter.  The Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, who issued this report over his signature, told King, Trout, and Kempton MONTHS AGO that they weren't going to approve dollar one for Cairns.
GAVIN KING IN CLOWN SUIT SMILING ABOUT $1M TOILET GRANT
WHILE PORT UPGRADE IS KILLED BY HIS COMRADES
The cruise ship dredging of the Trinity Inlet is DEAD.  Enjoy your little pier upgrade in Yorkey's Knob.  And Gavin King, dressed like a clown, has managed to pry $1M out of BrisVegas for some toilets at the little used hockey club.  What about the rest of the $90M promised for the port?  Bugger all, again. 

That's all she wrote.  Cairns gets shitcanned by a government far away.


01 December 2014

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT ATTEMPTS TO ATTRACT MORE CHINESE UNI STUDENTS - A LOOK AT WHAT IS ON OFFER

Justin Fung, "princeling" son of Aquis developer Tony Fung, is known to have attended universities in the United States - including a law degree from Loyola Law School.  Loyola is a Catholic university, and the law program is undistinguished and a relatively "easy" degree.  A Loyola law degree isn't likely to get you a spot at any of the top 100 law firms in America.  It's mostly the degree of choice for personal injury lawyers (known in the US as "ambulance chasers") and other low level tasks.

Chinese families like having a lawyer in the family to advise them in confidence - the Mafia calls the position "consigliare".

Justin's other degree is a Bachelor of Arts, History from Duke University in north Carolina.  This is also a lightweight degree.  Rumours persist that junior has a United States passport, perhaps obtained while he was a student.

Little is known about his other siblings - his father is known to have been married at least three times.

The Australian and Queensland governments are touting the "education business" as a likely growth industry for Australia.  While most Australian degrees are not very highly respected around the world, as more Mainlanders look for a bolthole location to park their money, Australia may be able to capture some of this business.

Justin Fung wasn't alone in his Los Angeles educational experience.  LA is the Mecca for Mainland Chinese education, especially among the children of the elite.

Here's a report about what we might expect as Mainland Chinese Uni education grows in Australia and the "Princelings" begin to flood into Cairns.



28 November 2014

DIVISION 5 COUNCILLOR RICHIE BATES GETS BITCH-SLAPPED ON 4CA AND THEN SHOWS WHAT KIND OF MAN HE REALLY IS - SPINELESS, WEAK, AND SHAMEFULLY DISLOYAL

Cueball John MacKenzie is continually whinging about the inability to get the names of juveniles who are in the Cairns Court criminal system.  Despite the fact that his LNP masters have in fact made it possible via petition to the court, he's either to lazy or stupid to go down there and do it.  Whingeing about it is more useful for his meagre hillbilly audience.

So it's a mystery why a major drug dealer, currently jailed for
THE PROUD PAPA - PETER TROUT, FATHER OF
RECIDIVIST DRUG DEALER STEVEN
TROUT - MP'S BROTHER
at least the second time and yesterday sentenced for MORE criminal acts, doesn't get a peep out of John MacKenzie.


Does anyone think that it might have something to do with the fact that the continued recidivist is Steven James TROUT, one of MP for Barron River Michael Trout's brothers?  (The other one is a convicted criminal as well, with one of the charges the "hiding" of stolen earthmoving equipment on the Trout family property in the Cape)!

So Steven Trout, currently in jail on a 7 year sentence given on 10 March 2014 (eligible for parole on 13 March 2016, so 2 years out of 7 for a repeat drug manufacturer and dealer) was yesterday given an additional 18 months on more drug manufacturing and sale charges, saw his parole eligibility extended to only 3 June 2016!  3 months more on THESE charges!  

Of course no mention by MacKenzie, the Voice of the LNP in FNQ.


Then MacKenzie summoned Cairns unRegional Councillor Division 5 (CBD) Councillor Richie Bates to the telephone.  MacKenzie used Bates as a tool to attack elements of the community that believe they have the right to consultation on these major projects, and Bates chimed in like the good poodle is now is.  

On discussion of the Lake Street and City Place remodeling, Mackenzie said:

"Let's hark back, there were so many people, (well) not so many, there were a few that said this would be the end of the earth. . . .

"I think the point is to be made here is that councils and governments sometimes have to be tough.  If they have a vision, if they have a belief, they have to follow it through in the face of the most intense opposition like this anti-everything brigade".

"If there's leadership shown, if you've got capable engineers, capable designers, architects, whatever and you're listening to them and you've got to go into the Cairns Post saying these are the reasons we're doing this and it's going to be unpleasant for various people but to forge through.  And at the end acknowledge and celebrate that it was the right decision - a tough decision but a right decision".  

Richie Bates then said "Look I think you're dead right, I couldn't agree more".

A Councillor with a shred of backbone would have responded "You're right Macca, and you've got to accept responsibility for leading the "anti-everything brigade" that threw bricks at Mayor Schier at every opportunity, and then stood by as a new Mayor with no shred of intelligence or decency punted almost $100M of hard-fought Entertainment Precinct money back to Campbell Newman without even attempting to organize the money's use for a replacement theater."

But Richie Bates (who the fuck at 50 years old still goes by "Richie", anyway?), a former progressive and activist who had a strong history of community support, is now just another clueless councillor doormat.  Cueball bitch slaps the piss out of Bates and instead of having the cajones to point out the enormous contradiction in his rant, Bates throws the previous Council, the arts community, and any plan to replace the piece-of-shit Civic Theater under the bus.  

Bates, who's seen his job and career disappear as technology advanced while he didn't now only has his pissant representation of Division 5 to support him.  I guess we know how much it takes to buy off a man with no ethics and no spine.

And as most who've met him along the way have commented to us, it's really difficult to trust a guy who won't look you in the eye.

Richie Bates - the facts speak for themselves.


26 November 2014

AQUIS INVESTIGATORS FIND POSSIBLE DOCUMENT FORGERY AND DISCOVER BACK-CHANNEL CHINESE MOBILE PHONE WITH POSSIBLE LNP CONNECTIONS

The most bizarre "interview" took place yesterday between disgraced and ACMA-censured 4CA talk show host John "Cueball" Mackenzie and the Member for Barron River (and brother to two convicted criminals) Michael Trout about the Aquis situation.

We'll get back to that in a moment.

We have however received further information from insiders about the probity process involving Tony and Justin Fung.  In the interest of full disclosure we advise readers that we have been required to engage in actions to disguise our receipt of communications from insiders, which has included "anonymous" email accounts and use of public wifi spots around the region - as well as other things, which we're saving for the book.  ;-)  Fact is, many are afraid of retribution given the history of Campbell Newman at Brisbane Council.

We are advised that two shocking issues have thrown the process into disarray.

The Queensland OLGR has engaged an array of outsider consultants to conduct the probity investigations of Tony 馮永祥 and Kim Fai "Justin" Fung - this includes the FBI and RCMP, due to their connections to the US and Canada.  Insiders have reported that at least one document submitted to the investigators (described as "peripheral") has been found to be fraudulent by an RMCP investigator, and likely forged.  The document is said to relate to Tony Fung's time as a member of the CPPCC (Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Committee).  Fung was a hand-picked appointee to this Communist Party Committee for 15 years, beginning in 1988 (prior to the handover by the UK government of Hong Kong in 1997).

The Chinese government has previously been implicated in the forgery of documents, including passports, when it suits their goals.  This has included the forgery of passports with false birthdates for Chinese athletes.

The discovery of this dodgy document means that now ALL the submissions are being evaluated for their accuracy.  The investigators also have signaled to Fung's solicitors that he will be questioned about all the documents submitted.  

The second issue concerns the "arms-length" requirement between the LNP government and the applicants.  It can now be revealed that allegations have been made to the OLGP that at least one LNP advisor has been given an untraceable mobile phone, with a Mainland China phone number, in order to facilitate back channel communications to the government by the proponents.  The person in possession of this mobile has not been named, however it is understood that an LNP advisor named Mitch Grayson has been interviewed about these back-channel communications.


This brings us back to the "interview" this morning between John MacKenzie and Michael Trout.  Like many of MacKenzie's "interviews", he and Trout were both provided with the "talking points" that they were charged with communicating.  This is obvious to anyone listening (we've
included the segment below - make your own judgement).  And as the two of them worked thru the talking points, it was clear that both of them were having trouble spruiking the talking points - one example is that both of them thought it surprising that all the unit holders in the Reef Casino hadn't tendered their shares (with almost 20% showing as untendered during the process).  The answer is simple - clearly the market was unconvinced of the Fungs and their proposals, and were reacting by withholding their shares.  Trout says he's not in a position to comment, and then calls shareholders idiots for not tendering.  He also directly contradicts the Fungs PR release from Monday where they claim the probity investigation in the A.C.T. will be finished shortly, putting them in position to assume control of the Canberra Casino by Christmas - this in direct conflict with Campbell Newman's assurances that the A.C.T. team and the Queensland OLGR team were working "in lockstep".    

MacKenzie then goes on to improvise - "clearly the Fung's are fair dinkum", and then praising their "plan B" - the sole purchase of the Canberra Casino as somehow "proof" that the Aquis project is a goer.  And then Trout, claiming all the while that he and the government are "arm's length" to the process and the Fungs, seems to founder when trying to explain why the Fung's have been ducking the interviews with the probity team.  

The whole PR exercise now underway is a feeble attempt by the LNP walk back of the dangerously long limb that they've clambered out on.  Newman and his team have relied heavily on the LNP operatives in Cairns for assurances that these people are OK.  

But with Newman insiders in direct communication via non-traceable mobile phones, you've got to ask when some of these people are going to start getting lawyered-up.





24 November 2014

AQUIS NOW LOOKS TO BE DEAD WITH FUNGS ATTACKING THE LNP - MEANWHILE MARTIN TENNI EMOTIONALLY SHATTERED AT THE LOSS OF HIS BIG FAT REAL ESTATE COMMISSION




Well, the saga that was Aquis is all but dead today.  Stick a fork in it, Fung's done.

The only thing left are the inevitable stories from around town of consultants who can't get paid, and the Fung's turning today's media attacks on the Newman government into claims for compensation.

In a quick poll right around the Cairns CBD this morning, the average work-a-day punter has had little faith that the project as described would EVER go ahead.  However most laid the feet squarely at the doorstep of Campbell Newman's LNP government and our local MP's - Michael "Hide the Backhoe" trout (who's family tourism business adjoins the ex-Aquis site), Member for Cook David Kempton, who's known to privately hold serious reservations to a project of this size, and last but not least, the "KINGpin" of all things Cairns and the MP for MacKenzie - Gavin King.

King, who famously has called Chinese "freaks and weirdos",  was in his political naivete,  happy to spruik the project before it began to take a probity turn for the dustbin.  Which we have been told was during last June.

As the HBW told the community at the outset, Tony Fung is carrying enormous baggage that will preclude him from EVER holding a casino license ANYWHERE.  As a Hong Kong delegate to the Mainland Chinese government post-1997, Fung has YEARS of business and personal history that can't be vetted, and can never be trusted.  And as huge demonstrations have erupted in Hong Kong this year in response to the Mainland's reneging on the 1997 "One Country, Two Systems" agreement, these crucial years of history are doing Fung in.  The HK "leaders" who have been cosy-ing up to the Mainland Communist power structure have seen any influence they might have had based on their wealth evaporate overnight.  

Fung now couldn't float a burger stand on the Hong Kong market.

Recognizing at the outset of the process that he might have probity problems Fung has pushed forward his "front man", his own son.  But Justin Fung is no Moe Green.  Justin Fung is no Tony Fung, either - he's been called an 'intellectual lightweight" and "小皇帝 dilettante" by those who've met him.

We are informed that the Coordinator General's office along with probity investigators became concerned at the misleading promotion of the project as an investment in Mainland China - an issue we first reported 20 June 2014.

In our snap polling, many of these soon-to-be Queensland voters are looking for retribution.  While the HBW has consistently suggested that the project was un-doable and would collapse of its own weight, the taxpayers are having none of it.  We believe both King and Trout will be slaughtered on the altar of Aquis.  The Cairns nonRegional Council is also up for a belting with many annoyed that Bob Manning turned back almost $100M for a new theater while at the same time pumping $25M into a swimming facility that has died at a bad location.  

Meanwhile the Cairns Post goes merrily along, still appending the
honourific "billionaire" to Tony Fung's name despite no evidence in support of this notion.  And the big story on the front page?  We're #1 in trees, or some such nonsense.  But in point of fact, that's what Cairns is known for - the green environment and wonderful reef experience.  Not a bunch of brain addled degenerates gambling "$500-$1000 a hand" (according to Tony Fung) and not caring if it is day or night outside.

So-called business reporter Nick Dalton has been dudding the community of real analysis since the beginning of this process - his participation in a Fung-organised media junket be damned.  Today's reporting is eclipsed by that of other business publications.  

While Macca today began a witch hunt trying to turn the crowd from his LNP mates, one needs to shed a tear for the unlicensed real estate tycoon who got the whole ball rolling - former MP and serial pest Martin Tenni.  I guess his multi-million dollar finders fee won't be in his Christmas stocking anytime soon.  Just some soggy eggrolls.  

17 November 2014

FIRST PHOTO OF MP FOR MACKENZIE GAVIN KING'S MEETING WITH CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING

Cairns MP Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King has been boasting far and wide of his "meeting" with Chinese President Xi Jinxing on the sidelines of the G20 Conference this past weekend.  

King, who normally is quick to push photos up to his Facebook page and website, seems to have little evidence to support this "meeting".  There has been skepticism voiced widely around the CBD today about King's alleged meeting - in part because of his well publicised Cairns Post column where he called Chinese people "Freaks and Weirdos".  

However our contacts in Brisbane have forwarded the official photo of Gavin King as he meets Xi Jinxing and the Chinese Tourism Minister, along with a transcript of their official comments.


Enjoy!

14 November 2014

REPORTS OF WIDESPREAD CORRUPTION, KICKBACKS, AND FRAUD TAINTING ALL CAIRNS TRADE CONTRACTING COMPANIES

Insider reports indicate that there is additional information that was considered by Cairns (un)Regional Council staff that has affected the award of contracts to local vendors - not just for the Tobruk Pool, but across the board for all local contractors bidding on construction, goods, and services.

The information has come from reports of what has been described as a "widespread contractor fraud" involving a manager or managers at Cairns Central, employees of Lend Lease.  Lend Lease has been offered the opportunity to comment and they've said "we can't discuss personnel issues".

This issue apparently involves contractors and suppliers to Lend Lease being required to make under-the-table payments to one or more Lend Lease employees at the centre.

One of the contractors in the firing line has commented publicly that "all of the big guys in Cairns are paying kickbacks to many of big companies in Cairns, including building contractors".

At the same time these reports were coming out, Lend Lease sacked operations manager Sergio Carlesso, an operations manager who was previously employed by the Dexus Property Group, owners of Smithfield Centre.  Lend Lease has refused to confirm if this or other employees were involved in such a scheme.

Insiders have named both local companies as well as national companies with service locations in Cairns as part of the kickback scheme.  Two companies that have been mentioned and had comment sought include Pickers Vinyl and Canvas, along with Schneider Electric.  Pickers has refused any comment on it, however Schneider Electric (which maintains escalators and elevators, among other services), has responded that "Schneider Electric are not aware of any official allegations, and therefore won't be making a comment".

As word of this alleged scheme has flowed through Council, there has been concern raised by some that these types of schemes are widespread in North Queensland and therefore corrupt the entire process - another factor that has given the 'tip' to the larger suppliers and contractors from down south.


10 November 2014

BIG KEY ISSUES FOR CAIRNS AND FNQ NEVER RESOLVED BY LNP, ALP, COWBOY HAT PARTY, NOR ANYONE ELSE . . . . CAIRNS RESIDENTS RIPPED OFF WITH NO VOICE ANYWHERE

There is no doubt Cairns and North Queensland is getting raped by the home insurance companies.  By any measure.

There is no doubt that Cairns and North Queensland is
ASK THIS MAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
"LEASING" AND "SELLING" PUBLIC
ASSETS AND WATCH HIS NOSE GROW!
getting raped by the electrical companies.  Even Canada, a country with equivalent population, larger territory, and similar economy, sees electricity pricing at about 8 cents a kilowatt hour.  ONE THIRD the Cairns pricing.



A $60K imported automobile in Cairns is $38K in the United States.  Bend over for the car companies.

$110 Nike shoes are $42 in the US - despite both getting them from the same place (Asia)!

Is it just lack of competition?  When Masters (part owned by US DIY chain Lowes) was opened in "competition" to Bunnings (an IP copy of US DIY chain Home Depot), did prices go down?  Not on your life - we now have TWO chains in a cosy duopoly ripping us off.

Grocery store pricing in Australia is near the highest in the world.  The two duopolists in the market spend millions every year trying to fight new entrants in the market.  In one case Costco took four years to get through the planning process as Coles and Woolies manipulated the planning and zoning process to stall them.

Then there's petrol.  

The world oil price has plummeted in the last three months.

Americans are paying now less than US$3/gallon for petrol.  With US petrol taxes roughly equivalent to Australia, the US price translates into an Aussie price of:


.683 cents per litre!

You can compute this yourself using this 

(While designed for Canadians, just insert the current exchange rate (.865) and US petrol price per gallon, and it will give you the Australian pricing per litre-equivalent).

We don't blame business - it's their job to rip us off.  We blame the politicians, who live in this community are stand by while we're all getting ripped off, and do NOTHING.

Now we have the LNP thinking they can trick the public by saying "NO!  We're not going to SELL our public assets!  We're just going to LEASE them out!  And we'll get them back eventually!!!"  Do you believe that electricity prices will go down when they're owned "leased" by a profit-making company???

This is so absurd it's breathtaking in the arrogance of Campbell Bjelke Peterson and his local member, Gavin King.  A property leased for 99 years is considered sold by the banks.  So too are our public assets.  To hear King, Trout, and other LNP puppets repeat this absurd lie is shocking and despicable.  

The fact is our politicians have proven incapable of regulating public utilities.  Insurance, electricity, gas, telecommunications - all are heavily regulated in the US (along with Canada and most of Europe).  This regulation includes management of the utilities profits.  Australia does none of this.

The rest of the markets are managed by real, transparent competition.  

Petrol at Costco Brisbane?  $1.24/litre




06 November 2014

SILK AIR SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM LNP AND THEIR 4CA PRESS AGENTS FAILS TO NOTE FINE PRINT

John MacKenzie (and the grossly rotund morning host Michael Bailey) spent Wednesday morning spinning up the bullshit machine in support of Gavin King's announcement of Silk Air service to Cairns from Singapore.



King, along with tourism minister Jann Stuckey, all were reading from the same press release - "The first service from Singapore to Cairns since 2001, when Singapore Airlines ended service".

After reading what SILK AIR has to say about the service, it's much less than what has been hailed by the LNP spinmeisters.

Service from Singapore Airlines, cancelled in 2001 after 9/11, was non-stop service.

This Silk Air service (Silk Air, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines) requires the time-consuming stop in Darwin.  For the majority of travelers, this stop will be required in BOTH directions.  We had this kind of "direct" service from Virgin Blue and Jetstar previously.  Just what travelers to/from Cairns DON'T want - another stop on their flights to/from Europe.


This little factoid was conveniently left out of the announcement by Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King.  Silk Air already serves Darwin Monday, Thursday, and Saturday with services that are generally heavily booked.

King and Stuckey then parroted another exaggeration lie - "this will add 20,000 seats per year to Cairns from Singapore".  Well, actually not even close.  Since the service is an extension to the current Singapore to Darwin service, many of the seats between Darwin and Cairns are guaranteed to be empty as the Darwin passengers (many of whom are transiting to other points in Australia) vacate their seats.  Silk Air is not allowed to carry passengers between Cairns and Darwin (called "cabotage").  

This is shaping up as a stinky deal, rushed into existence by an LNP desperate to put "runs on the board".  Silk Air has apparently been given money (OUR money!) from the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, the same bag of money that was used for China Eastern service to/from Shanghai.  And we know how long THAT lasted.  

Meanwhile other international airlines have been allowed to add services to Sydney and Melbourne without honoring the requirement that they offer "triangulated" service with Cairns (or other regional destinations) as a requirement of being given this new service.  Just last month United Airlines began new nonstop Melbourne/Los Angeles service.  Instead of overflying Cairns on this trip, wouldn't we see a lot more Yanks traveling to Cairns if they could use this service instead of having to backtrack to Sydney?  

Cueball MacKenzie in his usually breathless spruiking for Gavin King and the LNP acted as if Moses had flown in from Singapore with the news.  The facts of the announcement however are only a spit in the ocean, and this service is much less than needed.  Sure, any additional service is important.  But don't piss on our shoes and try to tell us it's raining.


05 November 2014

MAYOR BOB MANNING DECISION ORDERING "CONDENSED" STAFF REPORTS FOR COUNCIL AT ROOT OF COUNCIL VOTE TO APPROVE TOBRUK CONTRACT DESPITE ADCO CONTRACT BREACHES

The buzzards are coming home to roost at the Cairns Council as the Tobruk Pool redevelopment contract debacle with Adco spins out of control.


CAIRNS COUNCIL CEO PETER TABULO
STRESSED OUT AS MANNING PREPARES
TO THROW HIM UNDER THE ADCO BUS
The Cairns Post has claimed that Council staff assigned to the Tobruk redevelopment was unware of the Adco contract difficulties at Marrickville.  This is untrue.  As reported here previously, Council staff and the CEO Peter Tabulo were well aware of the contract dispute and lawsuit between Marrickville Council and Adco, but did not include this information in the Council report.  This information was removed from the Council report after closed door meetings that included Councillor O'Halloran and CEO Peter Tabulo - we are told that any bad reports on Adco would have put the local bidders in a winning position, an outcome opposed by O'Halloran and Schilling.  So when this Adco contract decision blew up in their faces, it was a quick job for the CEO Tabulo to pull out the full report - which had the negative Adco information excised from it.  

For those working inside council, this is nothing new.  Previous council staff including those of Mayor Schier and Mayor Byrne produced voluminous, detailed reports for councillors.  The binders with these reports, provided to every councillor on the Friday before a council meeting, usually ran into the hundreds of pages, and required councillors to spend their weekends reading these reports so that they could vote responsibly.


BOB "SLEEPY" MANNING AND COUNCIL
WORKING DILIGENTLY TO APPROVE THE
NEW TOBRUK POOL CONTRACT
However this changed when "Sleepy Bob" became Mayor.  This is a man that is too lazy to read these kinds of reports.  Shortly after he was elected Mayor, he instructed the CEO Peter Tabulo to submit to councillors only "condensed" reports.  No longer were councillors given the full staff reports.  They are now only given one or two page summaries of the issues - despite the complexity.

On Monday, Manning's response to the press when he was first confronted with this issue shows the kind of idiot we've elected as Mayor.  His first response?  'Let's get the information.  Because I don't read the Cairns Post or listen to the news or the media at night to find out what's going on!'  Bob Manning is an incompetent boob to not even realise how ignorant this sounds.  

And with many of these disUNITY councillors too lazy or stupid to read these reports (along with a couple still working other jobs despite their full-time pay from the ratepayers), there was never any objection raised to the minimalist information being provided for multimillion-dollar decisions.

The Minister for Blogs, MP Warren Entsch, pathetically attempted to defend Mayor Sleepy and the Councillors by attacking the Council staff for shitty work.  However the buck stops with the Mayor and CEO.  

Clearly the CEO Peter Tabulo must be fired for malfeasance. Sadly we don't have the same option to recall the lazy arsehole that we've been stuck with as mayor.

01 November 2014

PANIC BUTTONS PUSHED AT CAIRNS COUNCIL AS ADCO POOL CONSTRUCTION PROBLEMS IN MERRICKVILLE, NSW HIDDEN FROM COUNCILLORS - MAKING THEM LOOK STUPID AND UNINFORMED FOR SELECTING NON-LOCAL HIGHER BID

During Friday's "talk to the mayor" segment on the MacKenzie* Hillbilly hour, a reporter tried desperately to get past the 4CA telephone gauntlet to question Bob "Sleepy" Manning.  The reporter had just received documents from the Marrickville NSW council on their swimming pool nightmare with Adco Constructions P/L.  The mayor had already fielded one question about the contract, which was awarded to Adco by the Cairns (non)Regional Council because of their "experience" at aquatic centre construction. 


LOCAL CAIRNS CONSTRUCTION ALLIANCE
DIRECTORS FIND OUT THEY'VE BEEN
DUDDED - LITTLE DID THEY KNOW HOW
BADLY THEY'VE BEEN SCREWED BY COUNCIL
This bid was accepted despite a slightly cheaper bid by a local Cairns consortium, the Cairns Construction Alliance.  CCA (unfortunate initials) was formed by former Matrix project managers Andy Taylor and Cambell Balderson at the suggestion of several at Council including Wayne Dalgleish, project manager.  With the loss of the large contractors during the business downturn after 2006, there weren't any local contractors with the financial underpinning to bid on these local projects.  So with the encouragement of Council staff and other business leaders, including Advance Cairns and the Chamber of Commerce, CCA was formed.  

A review of the council records shows that several local contractors bid on the project.  We are told by Council insiders that staff twice ranked CCA as the top bidder.  But these same insiders have told HBW this morning that this decision was overturned in secret meetings between Divison 7 Councillor Max O'Halloran and City Manager Peter Tabulo, who's ultimately responsible for this contract.  ALL the local contractors were then knocked back in favour of the "experienced Adco Constructions".  At least that's what Councillors were told.

Phones ran hot and heavy this morning as the tainted work of Adco Constructions came to light and councillors demanded to know why staff hadn't informed them of the shitty work at Marrickville.  Councillor Max O'Halloran (a Life Member of the Tobruk Pool, a conflict he's never declared when voting on this project) is said to have long been aware of the Adco problems at Marrickville.  He's never shared this information with his fellow councillors, instead acting as the mentor for Adco on the project.  

This isn't a nuclear power plant, it's a swimming pool.  There is no legitimate reason that the Cairns Construction Alliance shouldn't have been given this local contract.  


When questioned on the issue, Bob Manning has been parroting a bullshit excuse he was obviously fed by his "handlers" in the city manager's office.  Manning bellowed "Adco *IS* a local company, they've had an office in Cairns for over 20 years".  Sources in the industry regard this as bullshit supreme, with the so-called Cairns office serving only as a hiring and staging point.  

This would seem to be confirmed by Council's own documents that show the Adco bidding documents coming from Scott Hyndman, Adco's Queensland Business Development manager based in Milton (Brisbane).  Hyndman's own bio says "Scott is responsible for business development within Adco's Queensland branch".  And a list of Adco executives show NONE based in Cairns - so with not one "executive manager" based at the Cairns office, it's obvious that Manning is telling porkies to the public.  It's pathetic - Manning has the intelligence of a bag of hammers, and will parrot anything he's told by others.  In this case Manning is personally responsible for misleading the Council, and attempting to mislead the ratepayers as well.


ENDANGERED SEA COW ONLY
USER OF TOBRUK POOL
The fact is this swimming pool redevelopment is way too expensive, and ultimately will be seen to be in the wrong bloody place.  The tennis centre, despite its world-class construction, has been dormant as the city expands.  NO ONE is driving into the CBD for a new Tobruk Pool.  The dudding of local contractors is just one last kick in the balls to the locals.  

Fair dinkum.

*John MacKenzie:  Confirmed by ACMA as lying 30 times more than other radio talk shows  

29 October 2014

4CA JOHN MACKENZIE HAS EGREGIOUS LIES CENSURED BY ACMA IN BREACH NOTICE ISSUED TO CAIRNS TALKBACK STATION

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has again found a breach of the code by Cairns talk show bullshit artist John "Cueball" MacKenzie at radio station 4CA.

MacKenzie, who generates almost continual complaints by the public for his divisive and vitriolic show, was found to have lied when he told his minuscule audience that aboriginal crime rates in Cape York are "30 times greater than OURS".  A statement designed to denigrate the aboriginal community and proffer the superiority of "US" (whoever "US" is). 


The total statement from MacKenzie is also replete with other untruths, but ACMA decided to focus on the most egregious lie told by MacKenzie.

The part that ACMA didn't comment about was the low ethics shown by Queensland's LNP Housing Minister Timothy Mander, who was at the time being interviewed by MacKenzie and heard the racist lie.  Like racist comments made to Warren Entsch on this program that were never condemned by Entsch, Mander also let MacKenzie tell this huge lie about the aboriginal communities in the Cape and never spoke up to disaffirm this clearly made up nonsense.



MacKenzie, who almost daily criticises the lack of punishment doled out by courts to offenders, has now benefitted from this lefty largess.  His only punishment?  He was "counseled" by the station management. This for a guy who almost daily makes several bullshit statements.

It is unfortunate that the ACMA isn't able to charge MacKenzie with what underpins his lies - continual race baiting of his right-wing wackjob audience who subscribe to the Martin Tenni view:  "We were born here, therefore we're aboriginal, too!"

MacKenzie continues to act defiant, and we urge all readers to take the time to file an ACMA complaint each and every time you hear lies spewing from this hateful man. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  ACMA this morning posted their report on this documented incident of lying by John MacKenzie.  The report is notable in two respects:

1.  MacKenzie in his response to ACMA disputed that the use of the word "communities" refers to aboriginal people and their Cape York towns.  He told ACMA he was . . "not only referring to the Indigenous communities, but any community outside Cairns".  ACMA was not misdirected by this lie - they noted that MacKenzie frequently uses the word "communities" as code for aboriginal communities; he referred to these "communities" as those having alcohol management plans (which only those in the Cape do); and repeatedly referred to 'those people' moving into housing "down here".  

2.  David Kempton (as noted by his verbal comments this morning) also submitted a defence of these racist-tinged comments in writing.  The email is shown below.



It would seem MacKenzie should be asking why the promised elimination of the alcohol management plans hasn't been addressed by his darlings in the LNP over their term in government.  

26 October 2014

TONY FUNG DREAM NOW IN DOUBT AS HE GIVES ULTIMATUM TO GOVERNMENT LIKE HE'S STILL LIVING IN A DICTATORSHIP

What a week with Aquis!  The rant from Aquis developer Tony Fung sounded more like the dummy spit from Paul Freebody.  All that was missing was Fung calling the Queensland government "witches and bitches". 


Is the Fung Dream dead?  

It is shocking to us that ANYONE without gaming experience is being considered for a gaming licence in Queensland.  The Brisbane Casino licence was investigated and approved - for an Australian citizen.  Questions to Minister for MacKenzie Gavin King about the citizenship held by Tony Fung and his son have received no answer.  And after the Fung ultimatum, all the MP's have gone into hiding about the issue.  

In Macau, ALL the casino operations are run by experienced casino operators.  Galaxy Entertainment, Wynn, and Sands were all vetted and approved to operate these gigantic casino operations there.  Sands is also running the Marina Bay in Singapore.

In the Bahamas, the almost-completed Baha-Mar Chinese Casino & Hotel project (roughly half the size of the Fung dream) was shut down during construction when the Chinese failed to proffer the required experienced gaming operators.  The Bahamian government was well-briefed on the use of casinos for money laundering, and they got tough on the Chinese developers until they complied.
Dad, I think I locked the keys in the plane


The Baha-Mar project had experienced, world class hoteliers on-board with that project from the beginning.  Here we are, over a year after the Fung Dream was announced, and there has been no hotel company willing to come forward and offer support.

One can see from the EIS response that the Queensland Government is prepared to "look the other way" on any and all environmental issues.  Their additional questions posed to the developer were softball non-issues.  There is no evidence that the Queensland Government is going to demand any of the clear infrastructure shortcomings be met by the developer.  

However the Probity Investigation for the Casino Operational licence is a serious matter.  The World Bank and other international banking groups can, and have, blacklisted countries that have looked the other way on money laundering and other banking issues related to casinos.  The Queensland Government has made a huge mistake by not insisting a "REAL" casino operator be retained for the project like every other sensible government around the world.

Come to think of it, The Fung Dream is very much like The Freebody Dream.  Paul Freebody purchased a much-too-small site for his proposed waterpark, and then continues to foolishly insist that he can run it - despite being unable to successfully run his other waterpark, the Witches and Bitches Car Wash Cafe.  Reliable sources in the community have confirmed that Freebody was offered a site adjacent to Tjaupkai and the Waterski Park for his waterpark - as a joint venture with Tjaupkai, an experienced tourism operator.  But Freebody thinks he's smarter than everyone. . . . hence the reason five years later he's got nothing.  

Fung's deadline rant this week has all the hallmarks of the Freebody Syndrome.  Sure, the Fung's have paid for some fancy drawings and a voluminous report of mostly the same EIS boilerplate that everyone gets.  But you've got to wonder about the probity AND sanity of a developer that won't bring in an experienced casino operator for the project.  



16 October 2014

CHILDISH "GET SQUARE" SAID TO BE REAL REASON SKYTRANS CONTRACT LOST TO CAIRNS AND FNQ

Several media outlets have reported Joh Bjelke Newman's awarding of new regional air service contracts - with service on the bulk of FNQ routes now to be provided by New South Wales-based Regional Express (ReX).  This announcement has filleted the Cairns owned-and-based Skytrans like a tuna, with many suggesting that Skytrans may not survive the loss of these services.

Job losses are not yet revealed, but they will be heavy.

Even the announcement from the LNP Government and Minister for Transport Scott Emerson is titled with a lie "New Deal for Queensland's Regional Airlines".  The "new deal" is NO deal, with all the services now scheduled to be provided by either Qantaslink or ReX.

The Cairns Chamber, in a stunning act of hubris, has issued a scathing press release denouncing the decision and the violation of the LNP's "Buy Local" campaign.  The statement is also signed by TTNQ and Advance Cairns.  

Insiders have reported that the difference in bids for the FNQ routes was literally "pennies" with the Minister using "alternative factors" to make the decision.  The same insiders have also reported these "alternative factors" were in fact direct lobbying AGAINST Skytrans by MP for Cairns and Minister for MacKenzie Gavin King.  Most of the city leadership are well aware of the longstanding feud between King and Skytrans CEO Simon Wild.  This includes Chamber CEO Deb Hancock, who has often been seen batting her eyelashes and swooning in King's presence.

The Wild family has been a great employer and benefactor to the community.  This is a clear political "get square" by King - and one that may cost Cape York MP David Kempton his seat.  Kempton is known to be livid at the decision.  And King, already resigned to the polls which show him losing handily to CRC Councillor Rob Pyne, is now in destruction mode.

Insiders report that King made his pitch against Skytrans to Morrison numerous times, with King known to be "persona non grata" with the Premier.

King is also said to be the "black hand" in throwing the Skytrans sponsorship of the Taipans under the bus - using Cairns nonRegional Councillors Schilling and O'Halloran to oppose their sponsorship renewal.  They were subsequently replaced by Central Queensland University - who don't even have a campus in Cairns!

This is economic terrorism on the citizens of Cairns.

And the loss of Skytrans as a regional carrier and employer in Cairns will threaten the growing aviation mechanic training schemes at the airport - one of the few bright spots of employment during the last ten years.

06 October 2014

DEMOCRACY CONTINUES TO ELUDE DESPITE WITH LNP NO BETTER THAN CHINESE COMMUNISTS

We were told that our way of life would be respected.  

We were told that democracy would be encouraged and
KING SPENDING MORE
TIME ON HIS BACKHAND
INSTEAD OF HIS JOB
respected.


But the party hates the people.  They don't want us REALLY electing our leaders.  Look what happens - you get non-party charlatans who appeal to the people - look at the chaos this creates!

So the people, angry at the duplicity and lying, have taken to the streets, shutting the government down and demanding they honor their commitments.

Well yes, that's what their doing in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong people were told that they would only be allowed to vote for candidates preselected by the Communist Party leadership in Beijing.  This despite the assertions made in 1997 that Hong Kong would be the democratic "One Country, Two Systems" partner with the Mainland.


And this weekend, the Queensland Liberal National Party (LNP) did the same thing as the communists in Mainland China.  Dr. Bruce Flegg, who has represented the voters in
Moggill for ten years, was told he would not be allowed to run - with his preselection voided by the LNP Politburo, led by Mao Tse Newman.  Two other MP's "out of favour" with Newman also may have had their preselection voided.  So the local LNP committees who've democratically selected candidates for these seats have seen these candidates ditched by Beijing Brisbane.


The Hong Kong'ers won't tolerate this erosion of their rights.  They've taken to the streets.


Queenslanders, crippled by the highest electricity prices in the world, the highest property insurance rates in the world, and even the highest Big Mac prices in the world, struggle to hang on day-to-day.  And yet as both levels of LNP government start the pre-election process handing out "show bags" filled with useless crap,  MP for MacKenzie Gavin King has been mostly "missing in action" the last few months as his failures mount.  His website is now replete with coffee reviews.  King is known to be "on the outs" with Newman and others in the LNP leadership, who have written off the seat at the next election due to King's profligate failures. King is the preselected candidate only because no one else would put their hand up to run against popular Councillor Rob Pyne.  Even King's media manager Cueball MacKenzie has lost interest in supporting him, with his almost every day promotional appearances before the last election now non-existent.  MacKenzie instead now swoons at the mention of Michael "Hide the Backhoe" Trout's name.  This while Trout's brother Steven, currently serving a seven year sentence for meth trafficking, is set to be sentenced on additional charges soon.    


29 September 2014

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS SIGNAL COLLAPSE OF AQUIS PROJECT, WITH FUNGS NOW DESPERATE TO RECOVER THEIR INVESTMENT

Thursday morning, a couple dozen 4CA Cairns hillbilly listeners found their leader, Cueball MacKenzie, away from his post with no public notice.  MacKenzie is heard to be on "special assignment" - a Tony Fung all-expenses-paid junket to Macau.  This "Selling of Aquis" to MacKenzie was unnecessary - 4CA has been a willing and reliable promoter of Aquis from the very beginning.  Has 4CA been paid to act as Aquis spruiker?  They have said no.  But have MacKenzie and Michael J. Bailey been slipped some cash "off the books"?  Good question.

Why are the Fungs working the press now?  

It would seem the Aquis project is now on the ropes.  Fung has flown in the Chinese "financial whales" on his private jet, but these men (including Poly Group president Zhang Zhengao) are reported to have rejected equity finance of the Aquis project.  With Poly Group shares down some 25% in Hong Kong, Zhang cannot afford any more dud development projects.  

So now the Fungs, seeing that the easy finance options are closed off to them, have cranked up the bullshit, to an increasingly skeptical public.

In the takeover documents for the Reef Casino Trust (RCT), Fung boasts that he's planning to quadruple the profit at the Reef Casino in 2-3 years.  How do Tony and Justin Fung plan to do this?  They don't say.  As many in Cairns would know, the Reef Casino has been run by Chinese management for a number of years.  Allan Tan has done a terrific job at growing the Reef Casino business.  It is absurd to think the Fung family, with zero casino experience, are capable of even matching the current performance of the RCT.  

In an interview conducted by the Australian Financial Review, Fung then announced that he now plans to finance Aquis with 'an equity market float in 2016' - claiming that "he expects strong support from investors if he could prove himself as a successful operator of a casino".  

So *IF* he can do this, a 2016 float means really that the project will not get underway until 2017!

And of course the reverse is also true - if he doesn't QUADRUPLE the Reef Casino earnings, Aquis is dead.  

And the chances of quadrupling the earnings at the Reef Casino?  Slim and none.

The fact is that there are NO casino company shares that
have been used to finance ONE single massive casino project.  Casino companies, like all successful companies, are diversified.  A share market float for Aquis is deemed "fantasy" by most bankers asked.

While the Cairns Post continues to refer to Tony Fung as a
"billionaire", there has never been evidence of this being true.  And while Aquis has racked up millions in costs for the project, it's obvious that they never had the financial wherewithal to build the proposed project.  And despite repeated requests, the Fungs continue to refuse to disclose what passports they carry.   

In an interview conducted by Cairns Post reporter Nick Dalton during the Aquis-paid media junket to Macau, one of the Fungs (with the story unclear as to who said it) also dropped what we regard as the biggest bombshell so far.  "Aquis would be financed using a combination of private equity, PUBLIC EQUITY, and debt".  Prior to the the Fungs have previously insisted that the project would be financed privately.  

So who with (obviously) the Queensland Government has committed PUBLIC MONEY to the Aquis project?  Or the even more ominous option - Mainland Chinese government money!  


Member for MacKenzie Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King has posted the clipping from the AFR on his Facebook page in some kind of fairyland haze.  Gavin King is an idiot.  We've been unable to determine if any of our local pollies have gone on this Macau junket.  If any have, they obviously will need to recuse themselves from any future voting on the project.

We don't understand the purpose of flying people from Cairns to Macau, anyway.  The Fungs own nothing in Macau, run nothing in Macau.  With gambling and prostitution the two primary industries in Macau, we'll need to know from all the reporters how much they were "spotted" in free chips, and how many teeny girls (and boys) they were provided while there

A new website has popped up, "AquisRealEstate.com".  This free promo (and copyright violation) was set up by Blake Dutton at Value Homes.  The vultures have arrived - apparently replacing the flying foxes. 


TRIP ADVISOR REVIEW OF VENETIAN CASINO IN MACAU -
AND EXACTLY WHAT WILL BE SAID OF CAIRNS
IN THE FUTURE IF AQUIS IS BUILT