The Gavin King-penned story in the Cairns Post is headlined "Warren Entsch urges compromise on entertainment precinct", although it's never revealed in the story *what* the compromise might be, and with whom. Entsch as LNP Federal Member has never had any say in the matter, despite his windbag attempts to derail the project. King to this date has never pointed out the Entsch links to the CEC bankruptcy - Entsch was chairman of the now failed firm during the period when entitlements like superannuation and government withholding was not being paid, and the required statement of interests filed by Entsch with Parliament still show him as holding a CEC "consultancy".
Why is King and the Cairns Post continuing to protect Entsch from investigation, and community scrutiny in this collapse?
This reversal by Entsch comes after repeated appearances on the Cueball MacKenzie show where "Wazza" was ginned up to attack the Mayor and Cairns Council on this project. His alternative? Another barely-used sports facility for a team we don't have. As the "naysayer and knocker" elements in the community have heard about the stunning backdown by Entsch, their hillbilly member of Parliament, the expletives will be thick and fast this week on the Hillbilly Hour, fair dinkum. What they don't realise is that Entsch is now in panic mode, as his roles at the now-bankrupt CEC Group (CEG) come under increasing scrutiny by the ACCC, ASX, and Labor Party investigators.
Several associates of Entsch paid media advisor Danae Jones have reported being interviewed by Labor Party investigators just this last week, on the "In Touch" bankruptcy and Entsch website fiasco.
Despite over ten years as the Leichhardt member with John Howard in government, Entsch was wholly ineffective in attracting infrastructure (Bruce Highway) investments, nor any investments in work alternatives other than tourism. His return to the job in opposition has been even more worthless, with him now flip-flopping around like a speared dugong on this project, and his seedy attempts to get government money for the Chinese purchasers of the run-down Sheraton Mirage in Port Douglas.