While Cueball MacKenzie took "holiday" in Cambodia and Thailand for three weeks, doing what old unmarried men do in these places, Cairns Mayor Schier and much of the council continued their solid work in securing broad community support for the proposed Entertainment Precinct on the waterfront. Some leaders like former Mayor Tom Pyne waded in for the first time as details have begun to be clear and offered their full support for the project. Some spinless cretins like MP Warren Entsch backflipped and offered his support after seeing that only political damage will befall those on the wrong side of this community issue. Even Cairns Post loudmouth Gavin King stunned Macca when he reversed his opinion against the waterfront site, as evidence is clear all future port activities will by necessity be moved further up the inlet where the industry is located.
On his return to Cairns, ol' Cueball was left holding his limp pud; all the leaders deserted him!
So the last two days he's begun a new line of attack. As Cr. Rob Pyne ably answered Hillbilly attacks during the Council hour last Friday, Macca today decided to use unfairly edited clips of Cr. Pyne's answers to smear both Pyne and the rest of Cairns Council! A new low in tactics by MacKenzie, to be sure.
One caller, "Col" from I think Lotus Glen called Pyne "bloody arrogant" in these replayed answers, and then showed how truly ignorant the MacKenzie audience is. When discussing a vote made by former Mayor Tom Pyne at a Local Government conference, that Col suggested was opposed by the community, he calls Pyne "arrogant" for calling his affirmative vote "democracy". Col suggested that this isn't democracy, but communism!
Perhaps a little education in the Australian governmental system is in order for the 4CA Hillbillies. Australia is home to a REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY. That is, we vote for representatives we like, or admire, or who've bought us stubbies over the years, and we expect them to analyse the issues and vote intelligently. Sometimes, we may not agree with their vote. And if they vote against the majority wishes enough times, maybe the next time they'll lose their seat. But REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY doesn't mean the people have a right to a referendum on each and every issue. That's a "Direct Democracy". . . .and believe me, I don't want just any Hillbilly boob voting on every proposal.
One caller last Friday insisted to Pyne that we need a referendum of RATEPAYERS ONLY. He said everyone else's view was "irrelevant". Despite the fact that even renters pay rates, albeit indirectly. That's the same thing they said when they blocked women from voting, and aboriginals, and immigrants. That's communism.
Look at it this way - ours is a government where we elect thinking, educated people to think and act for the rest of us - most or whom are too stupid or lazy or ignorant to understand the issues. This means you, Col!