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17 January 2012

$$$ FOLLOW THE MONEY $$$ - THE HILLBILLY WATCH CHALLENGE

As the final list of candidates for Cairns Regional Council begins to become finalised, how does the average Cairns battler decide which candidate is going to represent THEIR VIEWS?  It's a daunting challenge for both the candidates as well as the electorate.  Some of those throwing their hat into the fray are long-time community activists and well-known by some in their divisions - Leigh Dell'Osto is one such candidate.  Participation in community organising allows neighbours to evaluate the competency and temperament of someone like Leigh, making her task of campaigning that much easier.


Others like Mayoral aspirant Ian Thomas haven't even lived in Cairns for over a decade, instead carpetbagging into Cairns with most residents finding suspicious his motivations for suddenly interfering in our local election. Given the widespread suspicions that the developers are opposed to the Entertainment Precinct site on the waterfront purely so that they can get their grubby mitts on it, a blow-in ex-developer running on a "Stop the Entertainment Precinct" platform isn't exactly a mayoral shoe-in.  


Most of the other candidates are political novices, and while I'm sure most have a close cadre of friends/workmates/drinking mates/, evaluating them is an onerous task.  With over 8500 voters in each division, a candidate walking their division, spending a mere 5 minutes with each voter introducing themselves and asking/answering questions, would need over 700 hours between now and election day.  Hardly do-able for a council candidate, and mere election fluff for Gavin King running in one of the physically largest parliamentary divisions.  


So, the candidates turn to advertising, and advertising requires money.  Big money.  And for this, most candidates turn to donors.  Even those with personal financial ability rarely use their own money for their campaign.  Funny that.


So, ultimately, one of the best gauges of the candidate's motivation and interests is their list of campaign donors.  And yet, under Queensland electoral law, this donor list can be withheld from the electoral commission and the public until "24 weeks after polling day".  AFTER THE ELECTION.  Funny that.



During the last 2008 Cairns council election, it's generally accepted that the Cairns Northern Beaches area, which was strongly for Byrne in the previous election, turned on him due to the developers having him in their pocket.  The Clifton Beach polling booth in particular voted heavily in favour of Val Schier due to the secret deals made with Hedley, Glencorp, and other developers to drop gigantic projects on their single-family doorsteps.  Projects that are still not sold out.


Byrne withheld his donor list from the electorate prior to the election, despite Val Schier making her list public.  However in one of the all-time stupid election tactics, Byrne confirmed what everyone suspected with a billboard at Smithfield paid for by his developer mates - a daily reminder for everyone north driving into the city including those in Douglas Shire who were shuddering at what would happen to their idyllic town with a Byrne open-slather Unity Team administration.  Port voted over 61% in favour of Val Schier.


The solution to this conundrum is simple.  The candidates need to agree to the Hillbilly Watch Campaign Challenge: 


ALL COUNCIL AND MAYORAL CANDIDATES VOW TO PUBLISH WITHIN 48 HOURS ALL DONORS, PLEDGES, OR "IN-KIND"
OVER $250.  


This can be done on their own websites, which most of the candidates have already launched, or via Facebook which some of the candidates seem to be using.


While whingers like John MacKenzie claim that this "all independents" council has been dysfunctional, unaffiliated candidates are in fact the way of the future for local government elections.  The day of the "team" is over.  Ratepayers want councillors to reflect their interests, not the interests of their team or party.  Cairns in fact is the leader in this local government strategy, and several of the "team" candidates are already lamenting their hasty decisions to sign on.  




The voters have a right to know what business and commercial interests are backing all of these so-called "independents".  ARE THEY REALLY INDEPENDENT?  OR HAS SOME SPECIAL INTEREST CO-OPTED THEM?





16 comments:

Smithfield Sam said...

What a terrific idea! Kudos HW! I'd have no trouble voting for a candidate representing real estate or developer interests, if it was disclosed to me in advance. 24 weeks after the election is ridiculous.

Tanya Brooks-Cooper said...

Happy to declare any donations to my campaign on both my website www.tbcfor8.com and my facebook www.facebook.com/tanyafor8.

nomooremike said...

Tanya, I can't find your views on the CEP, have you expressed any?

Cr Di Forsyth said...

Like Tanya I am also happy to declare any donations that I receive before the council election on March 31st. Oh and if you would like to make a donation to relect me "Di Forsyth for Division 7" I can be contacted on my personal mobile 0400 880 130. Please note that your name will be in print on this blog.

Anonymous said...

Nomooremike, Why do we need opinions on CEP, voted on so not relevant now. Now we need councillors committed to ensuring that rates do not rise any more than necessary or more than suggested, that work is allocated to locals when possible and all that. Those that cannot move on will not be good supervisors.

KitchenSlut said...

Paul Dribble has already announced at Cairnsblog comments that his funding is mostly from a $10k casino win. Can we include such sources of self-funding?

nomooremike said...

If I want to know where someone stands on a certain issue I ask, that way I have an idea on whether or not I'd be prepared to vote for them.

You may see it as irrelevant, that's up to you, but please don't question my motives.

Anonymous said...

nomoormike what a croc of shit, its more like how much shit you can put on them.

nomooremike said...

"nomoormike what a croc of shit, its more like how much shit you can put on them."

anonymouth ... if you want to be a wanker that's your business, but why would you come online and advertise the fact?

Anonymous said...

is that the best you can come back at nomoorsucky fairdinkem wot a tool.

Anonymous said...

And Val Schier the lying old bitch has screwed this region up big time her and her merry band of brainless females on the CRC that includes Rob Pyne he's the biggest girl of all.

Curly Joe said...

That right "Anonymous" above hey. Put yourself in haven't you you stupid fuck. Only the dipstick Phil of Forest Gardens continually calls Rob Pyne a girl. Tell you what Phil,old sook, Rob has more balls than what you ever will. He doesnt hide away from his comments like a gutless coward. Yeah youve really drawn attention to yourself havent you Phil. You craven arsed rodent. And whats all this shit about getting stuck into the women hey? Are you one of those women haters they reckon are really latent gays, too fucken pissweak to come out of the cupboard hey? That would explain all the women hating youve been spewing for years you disgusting fucken pile of cats vomit.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous above sounds like Phil the racist misogynist from Mt Sheriden. Fuck off Phil! You only represent the views of the tinty minority of bitter old men who are still living in the 1950s.

bogan at Bentley said...

Phil gets off looking at blubber guts Byrne and the big bummed bloated cue ball. Give me Val whose a good looking bird with a great pair of twigs on her and the lovely Linda any day.

Neil said...

Jesus Curly Joe, you've become very erudite all of a sudden. "A pile of cats vomit" is a pretty good description of Phil, I would say.

Anonymous said...

More crap in today's Compost from our Forest Gardens/Mt Sheriden village idiot fuckwit Phil, claiming that the Mayor and Councillors who voted for the CEP will be getting cash kickbacks from the contractors. Phil has really become delusional after listening into Cueball's daily dose of propaganda on too many occasions. Phil the dill seriously needs psychiatric help and no doubt a good dose of anti-psychotic medication! Imagine living with him every day, poor family!