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?