In a local government election, we'd hope the candidates with recognition in their communities by their neighbours will win the day, regardless of political stripe. Left or right has little to do with the proper function of local government.
So when we see candidates who've never picked up a piece of trash in their life (according to voters in Division 7) posting pictures of themselves at "community clean-up's", the thinking members of the public are naturally suspicious of the candidate's motives.
Several council candidates are also using the "social media" like Facebook and Twitter. Much of what has been spotted is at the very least deceitful. Two examples sent to the blog:
Unity Candidate for Division 5 is Richie Bates, a Labor official and erstwhile candidate for several public offices, all unsuccessful.
His social media ads include this one, a dishonest attempt to blame Mayor Val Schier for Cairns unemployment and business failures. The current Mayor and Council have had zero to do with the slow Cairns economy, and in fact have attempted to stimulate the Cairns construction industry with fee-waivers for shovel ready projects, and the final approval of the Entertainment Precinct. Richie should perhaps talk to federal or state pollies if he's got a complaint about the economy.
How many pieces of silver did you get from the Manning Team to tell blatant falsehoods, eh Richie? Funny but I don't see any of the other Manning/Byrne Unity Team spouting such bald-faced lies! Sucker, or high achiever, which is it, Richie?
And with zero small business experience, Bates would seem to have little practical knowledge about business survival. However the Unity Team election message is "Cairns economic revival", a message which is obviously coming too late with Cairns already starting to return to growth.
As a member of the Margaret Cochrane Community Alliance Team, Steve Grasso is of course now pushing hockey - a pet project of Cochrane's. In his internet ads, he's asking a question that Cr. Forsyth claims is misleading and incorrect. This is a despicable election tactic - innocently posing a question about your opponent to the voters that in fact pushes a lie. This kind of negative electioneering is sadly now come to local council elections. Decisions like this are made by a majority of councillors.