In an extremely emotional (psychotic?) attack Thursday morning, Cueball MacKenzie used a complaint letter in the Cairns Post to launch an attack on politicians and bureaucrats who, in his view, are out to destroy Cairns.
The letter lamented the closing of the Australia Post shop at Orchid Plaza, which now requires users to go to the Main Post on Grafton Street, or the Post Shop in Cairns Central. In MacKenzie's sick twisted world, his attack on the federal politicians was climaxed with his shouting into the microphone "We elect these people to defend us against these boofheads who take these decisions that destroy our community".
Sadly, in the case of the Orchid Plaza Post shop, MacKenzie is misguided and wrong. The Orchid Plaza shop operated at a loss. As the lease came due, the greedy landlord (a member of the Cairns community) offered a new lease with a minimum 18% INCREASE IN RENT! This greed has extended to the rest of Orchid Plaza which currently has 12 empty shops, and a landlord (much like most of the Cairns CBD landlords) who are happy to have an empty shop making a "paper" loss they can use as a negative-gearing benefit.
The questions should be posed at the greedy Cairns CBD landlords who almost universally have raised CBD rents while tourist visits and customer base halved. Guys like MacKenzie mate "Unsir" Bob Norman are the CBD landlords that apparently who he's protecting.
The Australia Post attempted to sell the Orchid Plaza shop to a private operator, but there were no takers. The free market has spoken.
Clearly MacKenzie again has NO facts, and NO concept of how business works.
An hour later MacKenzie had completely forgotten the "bad politicians" as he welcomed "boofheads" Joe Hockey and Warren "I'm Not Nuts" Entsch into the studio, and spent the next 40 minutes kissing Liberal arse.