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26 January 2012

UNITY TEAM LAUNCH GREETED BY GIANT COMMUNITY "YAWN" AT GROUP OF HACKS ASSEMBLED BY KEVIN BYRNE

Delayed repeatedly by infighting and the team's micro-management by defeated ex-Mayor Kevin "Black Hand" Byrne, the Unity Team launch yesterday brought to mind the old colloquialism:  "They couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery".  Mostly ignored by Channels 7 and 10 news, even the Cairns Post relegated this "team" announcement to page 12.


And the "team" Bob Manning said would be "business savvy", looks to be anything but.


Division 1, Sue Bertuch:  Customs officer at Cairns Airport
Division 2, John Schilling:  Real Estate agent
Division 3, Ian Hodge:  Car Salesman, Cairns Audi
Division 4, Terry James:  Draftsman and previous Deputy to Kevin Byrne
Division 5, Richie Bates:  Queensland Rail employee and ALP hack.


(Halfway thru, still no business experience!)


Division 6, Susan Rees:  Ex-President of "Study Cairns", a quasi-government non-profit agency for the promotion of education in Cairns to overseas students.  At first blush this looks like it might be a "business", however the website hasn't been updated since 2007 and the business address is a residence on Lake Morris Road.  Sorry, another dead end.

Division 7, Max O'Halloran:  WOW! A guy running a real business!  Goodonya, Bob.  You found one!  You can find Max O'Halloran, voted-out Cairns Jockey Club board member and former AFL player, doing what business people do everywhere - whinge about why his business isn't working.  His most famous quote:  "Cairns offers a great lifestyle for playing footy".  


Division 8: No Unity Candidate  Seat of former Byrne associate Marg Cochrane.  Gives credence to the persistent rumours that Marg is going to abandon her announced run for Mayor and attempt to get her seat back.  


Division 9, Greg Fennell:  ANOTHER CAR SALESMAN? Westco Motors.
Division 10:  NOPE.  THEY GOT NUTHIN'.


So this is the team Manning said has "a strong business background"?  Employees, sales hacks, and owners of a couple dying businesses?  Where's the business acumen, the community expertise?  Shit, you could have found more business experience running a console operator from a BP Petrol Station.  


Pretty pathetic, Mr. Manning.  Kevin Byrne's organised a stinker for you.  We remain to be convinced that this is even serious.  Where are the real leaders?



32 comments:

Sappho said...

I agree, Hillbilly. Not an impressive line-up and correct me if I am wrong, but it includes a well remembered name from the Joh Bjelke Petersen ("Moonlight State") era! Of course, I may be one of the very few people in Cairns to remember back that far. One of the women there too has an interesting story, something about sitting up on a couch I believe. Yes Manning can loudly declare to all and sundry the team is "apolitical" because it does contain one single sole lone individual ALP member. THEREFORE.
Here we go for more chicanery and political skulduggery. Bates will be trotted out like a dutiful Aunt Jemima each time anyone alleges political interference. Mostly he will be ostracised and shut out of the group of movers and shakers. Bates is an interesting position because he has already stated he would be working as a team with Manning's Unity and he stresses his strong team values. He would therefore be sgainst Val Schier as Mayor and the Entertainment Precinct. It will be an easy campaign for the Unity Team. Most of their campaigning has been done by Mackenzie and King over the past couple of years, with Mackenzie pumping away daily on the "dredging" and "cruise liners will save Cairns" issue. Unity have the unqualified support of the media and Mackenzie and King won't allow outside candidates to comment on their program. All too easy. On top of this, they will attract the big monies. None of them will have to beg, borrow or mortgage their homes to campaign.
Unity's campaign will be the easiest, less costly of all.

Anonymous said...

Maybe pathetic little kid Paul Freebody might give it ago again. If he fails to win he can always blame it on his kids. I've got in my hot little hands some real hot information that if Freebody decides to show his ugly fat vile medical sweaty arms pits it will show Freebody as a con and bullshit artist

Anonymous said...

What a pack of losers!

Anonymous said...

Ritchie Bates is your modern day Bennelong. Clearly pissed off he lost a preselection battle in the ALP for the seat of Cairns he has now joined the dark side to serve his own personal ambition. Manning's political allegiances are well known and they are not aligned to the workers. Bates has lost all credibility. If he ever had any. No wonder he is best mates with that other Labor turncoat Stuey Trail.

Anonymous said...

With candiidates like this any wonder this town is considered a joke by everyone. God help us if this the best of those willing to serve. Or does it just demonstrate the irrelevance of local government.

Anon No. 4 said...

Bates has been anti-business all his miserable small-minded union hack life.

Buzz said...

It's patently obvious Byrne will hold the strings here with the Unity Team. I did hear of Terry James wanting certain people but ultimately Byrne had the say as to AYE or NAY. So what is Byrne after?? We know he has interests in some blocks of land in the CBD. What plans does he have for them which his puppets in Cairns Unity will push through for him??

athena said...

Sappho, you are not the only one who had an instant blast from the "Moonlight State" past. But of course just how many people here in Cairns would remember? Not too many. Moreover, Mexicans wouldn't be interested. The line up is significant in that it doesn't reflect the "top end" of town, ie hoteliers, tourist operators, investors,developers etc. This would seem to be deliberate and I am intuiting they have been left out because their development interests may clash with the development interests of the controllers of Cairns Unity. Also apart from Terry James, trhe group does not contain any other members from Byrne's previous Cairns Unity teams. This is also significant. The group above, on face value would appear to be a passive, easily controlled group with a collective political naivete, but looks of course can be deceiving. Ritchie Bates has willingly positioned himself between "the Devil and the deep blue sea" to coin an ancient phrase, and if he is unsuspecting and unwary enough will be used as a pawn to discredit the current Mayor and the local Labor Party. Finally, they are not a strong team as Hillbilly notes, (and this has been deliberate as I have noted) however they will have all the advantages of a complicit media machine plus a monied, cashed up campaign.

bogan said...

your not wrong athena. rugnut is already hailing Manning as the arrival of Superman come to rescue Cairns from the edge of fucken extinction. yeah old Masthead is gunna save us all like Jesus bloody Christ himself. we're gunna be saved, hallelujah, get a stiffy.
yeah old rugnut sounds like he has a stiffy when hes talking to Manning too. yeah I reckon your right about Richie Bates too athena. Byrne and masthead will get him by the balls and toss him this way and which way. he won't know whats happening to him hey, like little red riding fucken hood going for a wander in the dark woods.

George said...

bogan! I am weak and helpless from laughing. My neighbour poked his head through the front door to ask if I was allright and not having a stroke or something. I would protest at your coarseness to Hillbilly himself but for the fact it makes me laugh and because Mackenzie deserves everything you throw at him. How I look forward to reading your very earthy "shit is shit" commentary.

Liz said...

Perhaps you people above might like to reflect on the fact that Cairns Unity have had difficulties in attracting people to stand with the team. Remember the current Mayor and Council have had to withstand a continuous siege from sections of the media for almost four years. Who, amongst us, would like to receive the same treatment? In my opinion we are seeing the repercussions of a media campaign where public trust and respect for elected representatives was ruthlessly crushed. As a professional, there is no way I would ever want my reputation put anywhere near the mouths of Mackenzie and King. Other professionals would agree with me. Please consider this as well.

Anon No.4 said...

THis is the goose who opposed privatisation of the dead duck queensland rail and now he's bent over and spread 'em for big kev!

Anonymous said...

Well, well well, So you once again YOU prove you know nothing and talk the biggest load of garbage ever. One of your so called well informed comments in so far out of wack it is laughable. Sue Bertuch, yes is a Public Servant! But has also run a busines, is a teacher, Has been a principal of two schools, comes from a solid business and banking background. If you want to make a statement make sure you know the facts before you put your mouth into gear, and that goes for all your other so called bloggers!!! Boss Hog

Anonymous said...

Unity has lost all credibility in choosing the vindictive Richie Bates. This left wing ALP moron is nothing but trouble just like his mates Stewart Trail and Fat Forsyth. Surprised Manning does not have these 2 on his team as well.

JOHN MACKENZIE'S HILLBILLY WATCH said...

Unity team candidates, or their arselickers, have been sending comments to this blog with lame arguments attacking this blog, and commenters to same. They won't be approved. Get your own fucking blog. This is only a semi-free country.

Neil said...

A salient point Liz concerning the lack of professionals. Yes indeed who amongst us would like to be held up by a couple of bullyboys in a radio station for public mockery and be abused by every dolt and half-wit in town? The absence of professionals from the candidates won't of course be noticed by those same bullyboys, their dolts and half-wits. It would appear to anyone with half an iota of intelligence that Byrne and Manning are only concerned with who they can control. That Manning controls Ritchie Bates can be seen in Bates' own statements that he believes in working in a collegial and collaborative team and that "independents caused all the disunity" of the Schier Council. Bates couldn't put his subservience to the Unity Team any clearer.

Tony Hillier said...

C'mmon Mr Hillbilly, be a sport. Some of us wanna hear the "lame arguments" and no doubt inane comments

Whale oil beef hooked said...

At least none of the Unity Team are standing for State Parliament whilst still drawing a rate-payer funded salary of $100,00.00++ pretending to be a full time Councilor.
Come on Trillbilly publish this if you dare ...

Anonymous said...

You all should be aware that Warren Stench played a major part in getting Maining Teams together. Stench was a major player in pulling this team together. You should now understand why there isn't anyone with any clout being part of the Maining Team. Charlie.

bogan said...

yeah c/mon hillbilly. It would give us a chance to rip right into them hey. :) :)

James said...

Liz, I couldn't agree more with your point above. Unquestionably there is a strong reluctance amongst the professionals and academics in the area to entering civic affairs. We have witnessed a Goebbels style propaganda war launched by two irresponsible media representatives who have not only destabilised the current council team, but polarised an entire city. That Mackenzie does have influence can be validated in the number of times people use his spiteful phrases, ie "monument to an ego". (Mackenzie used this same phrase when describing the Pyne initiated Council offices in Spence Street, many years ago.)
However, Mackenzie and King are the Goebbels propagandists with someone behind them. Someone or some people who are pulling the strings, plotting and scheming away. While these people are there, no Council will have autonomy but will exist only to enact the agenda of the shadow men.
Who can blame professionals from staying well away from this blatant chicanery and corruption?

Neil said...

Up early too James? Yes Mackenzie is a Gobbels styled propagandist. An example is the phrase he coined right at the beginning for the Entertainment Precinct. His words were, "a white elephant." This was taken up with relish by the half-wits and village idiots around the town who parrotted it endlessly without thinking how outrageously wrong and idiotic it was. In a major tourist city attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists a year, how could such a centre be without visitors? In every other city around Australia and the world, such centres are magnets for both tourists and locals alike. So why would it be any different in Cairns? The "white elephant" tag defied all commonsense. Yet it demonstrates Goebbels knew how to confuse people when he noted, "words can be molded until they clothe and disguise ideas."

James said...

Neil, I agree. Frankly, it scared me that people were so simple minded and so incapable of rational thought to even parrot that "white elephant" lie.

Liz at work, early too! said...

Neil, the phrase "white elephant" was coined deliberately I think, because of its strong emotional appeal. When people allow emotions to rule, they are often incapable of using logic. You might have noticed people stopped using "white elephant" when Townsville put up its hand for a new performing arts centre. That was when the penny dropped. Even the most mentally dull witted person would have then wondered why Townsville, which is not a major tourist destination, did not view such a venue as a "white elephant".

Disgusted said...

4CA management should seriously consider the impact of Mackenzie on this city and its future. Without going into his past dubious achievements, his antipathy towards the local Mayor and Council has been a direct deterrent in attracting quality candidates for the local Council elections. Just have a look at the qualifications (or lack of them) of the entire line up of candidates! To be frank, they are a sad, flubbery, motley crew of either inexperienced, idealistic youth, too naive of the ways of the world, or self-serving schemers only hoping for a free and easy ride into a well paid office and lucrative retirement.
As the professionals above, Liz and Neil have pointed out, what self respecting professional would put their hand up with Mackenzie around? So we face the certainty of having a second rate Council with all its consequences.

Sappho said...

I have just read Anonymous' comment about "Stench putting this team together." Verrrrrrrrrrrrry interesting if that is correct. I will await further developments with interest.

Anonymous said...

Hillbilly, I think the combined comments of the professionals Liz, Neil and James, sums up the absence of "real leaders".

Anonymous said...

The women voters of Cairns will play a big role in outcome of the upcoming local and state elections....

Anonymous said...

The women voters of Cairns need to look at our current Mayor Val Schier and will soon evaluate how strong she has been to stay focused on the job and not trampled on by the viscous media and personal attacks from the male opposition in this City. From day one they have never got used to the fact that she had become Mayor. She has been an outstanding leader and we should be proud to have her as our first elected (and convincingly) Mayor of Cairns.

RobPyne said...

Brooks-Cooper and Pyne welcome Disclosure and Transparency amid Misconduct Claims!
5 Votes
An Independent Council Candidate and a serving Cairns Regional Councillor have welcomed the move to greater accountability in Local Government, amid claims of misconduct by one sitting Councillor.

Welcoming the new disclosure requirements that require all sitting councillors to lodge a new ‘Register of Interest’ disclosure by the 31st of January, Council Candidate for Division 8, Tanya Brooks-Cooper said, “This is really important to me, as in any determinations of council, there should be no room for accusations of ulterior motivations. It is not a matter of how much someone owns, but whatever interests you have, you must disclose them.”

Register of Interests


Cr. Rob Pyne said, “This ushers in a new era of accountability and transparency in Local Government and not before time! It really takes disclosure to a new level by increasing the range of what has to be disclosed and applying it to Councillors partners as well.”

These comments come in response to new disclose requirements that requires sitting Councillors to lodge a Register of Interests document by today, the 31st of January.

The register requires councillors to provide a detailed list of a their assets, as well as those of their spouse. This is a requirement under the Local Government (Operational) Regulations 2010.

This change comes as allegations concerning one sitting Cairns Councillor await determination by a Regional Conduct Review Panel. The first time such a panel has been convened to resolve a misconduct matter in the history of local government in the Far North!

Cr. Pyne concluded, “I am happy to lead the way. I don’t own much, but everything I have is posted online as well as Facebook and twitter for all to see.”

All Councillors are required to lodge a Register of Interests disclosure form by 31st January 2012. Rob’s is here Page 1 and Page 2.

Anonymous said...

Just a comment for Mr Pyne, why did the Drive in theatre project get closed down by the CRC when the so called live wires had been "dead" for quite a few years?? Weren't you the major compplainant in this case??? Maybe Glenwood and Glencorp and all their employees would still be here and working if you had looked up the facts before you put your mouth into gear!! It is ok to sit there and dish out this dribble but answer my question to the public once and for all! Boss Hog

Anonymous said...

This is nothing but a shitty left wing get together site to put down right wing orientated candidates first time ive been on here and will be the last as the "information" on this appalling labor supporting site who think that this current mayor Val Schier (the worst mayor this city has ever had) and her Cairns one councillors have run this place into the ground like a 1984 ford falcon on the side of the cape york developemental road outside of Coen and undone the great work by former mayor kevin byrne. this Unity team will get cairns back to where it was pre 2008 before Aunty Val got in and destroyed it with broken promises rate hikes and a stupid waste of money on the cairns entertainment white elephant precinct (more rate hikes to come with that stupid idea she wants to be her legecy as mayor) in the future we will look back and say that precinct was about as successful as the mayor who created it TOTAL FAILURE. and how you people on her can sleep at night thinking her and forsyth lesina (who now is running for cairns but will lose god willingto Gavin King) and crew have done well since 2008 than use are as pathetic as they are come 26th april good riddence to val and her laughing stock councillors that have supported her.