Check that - they were both laughing-stocks BEFORE preselection.
With Member for Cairns Desley Boyle slated for retirement (and a $1million taxpayer funded golden handshake for her fine service to the
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In an email sent out to supporters, Freebody has reportedly suggested that Prime Minister Julia Gillard should be murdered, wishing for her the same fate as JFK (John F. Kennedy, the American president assassinated in 1963). While Freebody has professed his innocence providing instead some bullshit story about using Kevin Rudd's initials, given the widespread community revulsion at Mr. Freebody, stick a fork in him, he's done. Even the angry-at-Labor Cairns voters would be unlikely to elect a right-wing religious terrorist.
Reports continue to circulate that Freebody is also under investigation by the ACCC for illegal investor solicitations involving the aborted waterpark project he was trying to get up - to be built in a known floodplain along the Cook Highway. And don't get me started about the Car Wash Cafe, a project he claims is "so successful" he's trying now to sell it off to a THIRD group of suckers. Former LNP leader Paul Langbroek famously defended Freebody's preselection as "the best candidate available". Sadly for the LNP, that's probably true given who's running this mob in FNQ.
Then there's the seat of Barron River, held by the invisible Steve Wettenhall. Few in the community have ever seen or heard from Wettenhall, who only sends out any communication when it's time to vote again. A man who has a list of accomplishments that's completely devoid of anything other than being a Labor lapdog in Brisbane, this marginal seat should have easily fallen to the LNP.
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state-of-the-art laser flying fox
In response to the Hendra outbreak, Trout, who's millionaire cattle family is also a major exporter of live cattle to Indonesia, first suggested that "all the flying foxes should be culled". When LNP heavyweights heard about Trout's environmental vandalism platform, he was quickly muzzled by them and then meekly suggested that a vaccine for Hendra virus needed to be quickly developed by the Queensland government. Given that the Hendra virus is only transmitted to humans by horses, perhaps a more reasonable approach would be to cull all the horses.
Blazing Saddles has a checkered history in Cairns. First located in Palm Cove, persistent noise complaints from the ATV's and environmental damage caused by the operation on public land around Sweet Creek forced the business finally out to past Kuranda. And the business has been no great shakes there, either with numerous complaints of shoddy service making it one of the tourism businesses to give a pass when here.
So what's the likely result of all this LNP stupidity in Cairns? Campbell Newman and his "Cando" crowd can easily win the next Queensland state election with or without any North Queensland seats. With shitty candidates being pushed into these preselections (why don't we have preselection primaries like in the USA, anyway?), Cairns is looking likely to elect two members in opposition in these seats.
If you think we got nothing for Cairns from Labor members of a Labor government, wait until you see how we're treated with Labor members in an LNP government. Sadly, that's what will be the result when you let hillbillies run your party in North Queensland, Campbell.