Anne Marie is one of the "regular" community slaggers. Her theme is simple, and constant - government should be spending more money on her, her poorly-educated children, and all her tradie mates. Her partner builds swimming pools, and his designs are said to be long ago eclipsed by the modern systems being built by the larger pool companies. Her whinge today was the same as always - all her tradie friends are going into the holidays broke, and the government should throw some money at them. Never mind that the entire community was getting raped by the tradies three years ago - with house prices soaring, impossible to find repair blokes, and stories in the papers about 19 year old brickies and plumbers buying big houses, plasma TV's, and flash 100K cars.
Didn't any of you people plan for your futures? Or is it, like always, mum government that we look to when our lives aren't working out?
Whelan has been on before stumping for higher pay for a daughter who was dissatisfied with her pay at a daycare centre. Get the government to raise the pay of these semi-skilled workers, instead of instilling the need for education in your rugrats.
The we got treated to Pearl, who is continuing the now sputtering MacKenzie diatribe against the Cultural Precinct. Pearl obviously didn't get the hillbilly memo that it's going to be built, like it or not. Her rates are too high, and she claims she "gets nothing for them". Wonder if she gets out much.
All the while Gavin King sat stumping his new project, the "Fix the CBD" campaign. Two weeks ago him and rugnut were complaining that rates are too high, council is overpaid, and we have no money for a theater, a parking garage, or anything else. Now King is getting the CBD property owners, who've been bleeding the traders and small business people dry for years, to line up like pigs at a trough to get a new multi-million dollar "beautification" of the CBD. Ask any business person in the CBD if their landlords have cut, or even maintained their existing rents during the last two years of failed Cairns economy. The answer is overwhelmingly "NO". All these greedy landlord bastards have continued to raise rents while the economy tanks, citing "Queensland CPI". With the inevitable result that huge numbers of previously successful battler businesses have been shut down. And what do they care? The empty shops get written off using "negative gearing", so these bastards win no matter which way the economy goes. No wonder the first thing Mao Zedong did was to kill the landlords.
The landlords win and the community loses. Now these pigs want council to clean up their streets, their shopfronts, their footpaths, their planter boxes, and add more value to their portfolios.
Fuck them. No ratepayer dosh for the greedy landlords! Let's start seeing them stump up their own money to improve their investments!