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17 April 2012

INFIGHTING BREAKS OUT INSIDE UNITY TEAM AS BOB MANNING-BYRNE DISCOVERS VOTERS NOT INTERESTED IN ANY MORE TEAM POLITICS

This past weekend saw the start of disjointed and ineffectual TV ads for the Unity Team.  Team candidates shocked at this poorly produced trash began working the phones wondering if this candidate photo slideshow was going to be how their big team contributions (rumoured to be $15K per candidate) was destined to be misspent.  Manning, who claims he's a good fiscal manager has grossly mismanaged the Unity Team marketing budget.  Why would voters turn over the CRC's $300M yearly budget to this guy?


Unity candidates also have been increasingly angry and vocal at the lack of policies they can discuss with the voters including the obvious lack of a clear Unity Team alternative to the Entertainment Precinct.  Manning had been poised to go with the "remodel the Civic Theatre" plan but backed off after Convention Centre management weighed in with their needs for more delegate space.  Candidates have been ordered to make as their only statement: "we support a new theatre, but only appropriately costed and sighted (sic)."  Several of the candidates have copied these exact words into their own campaign documents not even realising the grammatical error.  


One candidate has claimed he sent a message to Kevin Byrne, Unity Team Leader in Exile, that he'd quit the campaign if the Hartley Street site became Unity Team policy!


Informal polling yesterday has also suggested that Manning has no traction with the primarily younger voters, seeing little synergy between a wealthy, retired 68 year old and the reality of working and raising a young family in Cairns.

22 comments:

Dina said...

It's something that galls the younger voters. Seeing wealthy, old boys coming back for another big bite of the taxpayers $$pie. Warren Entsch set the pace, coming back for one more term just to top up his parliamentary super. so he can retire in absolute luxury. He has done nothing because he won't be accountable at the ballot box. Voters aren't going to "vote him out". So now we see another wealthy old boy, Manning, putting his dibs in for more taxpayers $$$pie. Like Entsch, he's only in it for one term and won't be accountable to the voters if elected.

Kay said...

What about the so called friction between Cochrane and Manning? Is it a furphy or not that Cochrane is refusing to preference Manning, and is preferencing Thomas instead?

gav jackson said...

cairns business community is behind him. We need someone that can make well informed decisions. Im glad Unity isnt flushing advertising money. Id want to know where my $15 was though?

Anonymous said...

Unity in name only unified group of rabble is what this team is,,,UNITY my ass it is.

Dean said...

Is there much doubt that it will end up being a Council like the existing one with two distinct sides on many issues?

Minor governments at all levels are best for mature democracies.

Anonymous said...

Gav Man, Mayors are to represent the people not business.

Dean said...

Even if Manning wins for mayor, I doubt many of his division councillors will be elected. Imagine him getting to cut the ribbon on the CEP as it's currently proposed.

Wendyaway said...

Gav Jackson, Unity have more advertising than anybody else in this campaign. They are haemorrhaging the green stuff. Cochrane's lot seem to have enough to spend also. Is it a co-incedence that they are both backed by the LNP although different faction thereof. Poor sad old Bob's money seems to come from Brisbane, perhaps Cochrane's is local

Anonymous said...

I went to the Chamber of Commerce 'debate' today and it was clear how deeply the LNP is divided over the mayoral campaign. One friend ( a deep Liberal) hissed at me later: "I just hate Bob Manning." I said: "He seemed to be half-asleep." She said: "He's always like that, with a briefcase full of notes and he doesn't make any sense." Friends who support Margie Cochrane described her as "punching above her weight" in the 'debate': she put up a better performance than they expected of her, given her limited abilities. They acknowledged those limited abilities would be devastating in office. It was clear that either a Cochrane or Manning win would be characterised by infighting within the conservatives. Ian Thomas was a profound joke - a bit sad, really. He might not be well. Val Schier was at times feisty (as she was entitled, given the Chamber's obvious hostility towards her) but presented cogent, credible positions - many of which were supported by facts! By that virtue alone she differentiated herself from the others. Looking across the room - which comprised Cairns' most active conservatives - the majority seemed to recognise the contribution to consultation, and planning that Mayor Schier has initiated, as well as the validity of her visionary CEP.

bogan said...

oh Christ Dean, if the old CEP gets up and built and we have ourselves a jolly old fucken gala opening with KYLIE herself, Jimmy Barnes, ACCADACCA and the cream of Australian talent there, all the fucken hoi polloi of Cairns will be there all doodahed out in their best clobber. Yeah King Gobsnot 1 of Cairns will be there, hanging off the arm of his best mate, rugnut cueball. rugnut will be on the radio afterwards talking about how the people of Cairns didn't want this amazing building to go ahead and how they fought against it. Yeah, I can hear him now.

Curly Joe said...

Anonymous above, don't delude yourself that members of the Chamber of Commerce will vote for Val. They will all be supporting Manning, come hell or high water.

Deep Throat 11 said...

There's a strong story doing the rounds that Bob Manning was actually sacked by the Cairns Port Authority for incompetence. If so, his management credentials which he is offering up as proof of his ability to run the CRC are questionable to say the least.

T. Asquith said...

I knew Manning when he was running the Cairns Port Authority; a nasty piece of work and complete control freak who's sole purpose in the job seemed to be ensuring subordinates were 'kept in their place'. Never met anyone so comprehensively disliked. Don't think such personality traits will go down well at City hall.

Anonymous said...

At the Yorkeys Knob forum last night it was blatant obvious who can lead this city with strength and confidence as mayor. Shier had all the answers and facts and spoke clearly with integrity. The other three were droning out old ideas and Ian Thomas threatened an interjector with loud anger not expected from one who would be mayor of this city. Bob Manning lost the plot and couldn't remember a few details and Margaret Cochrane had to answer to a group of local teenagers who had petitioned her for a skate park 6 months ago and still waiting for a reply. A big crowd filled the hall.

Dean said...

That's the point. If he's elected mayor, he'll think he has a mandate to do whatever he wants, but the reality is that the Councillors will be a complete mixed bag, who knows what it's going to look like and who will swing what way. It's good for democracy.

I know they'll be front and centre of the cheerleading then. Unfortunately, thanks to these dang computers it won't be hard to dig up their opposition and rub their noses in it, should it come to pass...

Anonymous said...

I am not surprised the Manning LNP Unity Team are upset with their leader. Everyone I know that has ever worked with him have been upset with him. He is a control freak and its his way or the highway. When he was Chairman of TTNQ the Members were very happy when he was removed as Chairman. The Staff at Cairns Port Authority hated him. He had his favourites who did really well but if you fell out then you were banned to the sib bin for more than 10 minutes. The staff hated the fact that at every meeting he used a football anology to explain to his "team" how they should do what he wanted. Does anyone realize that if we are unlucky enough that he gets elected he will be somewhere around 72 when he finishes his term? Do we really want to have an old man with old ideas and using a heap of old LNP faithful running this city? A vote for Manning will take this city back 20 years. Charlie.

Anonymous said...

So, you now have to be a young person, with little or no life experience, be able to be a drama queen, be able to spend more money than they get just so they can say, "look what I did" to become our Mayor? Where is this person? All I see at the moment is one male candidate who is as inspiring as my little toe,(seldom seen) a woman who made a good Councillor but not Mayoral Material, another woman who has grand designs, is nice to those in her fold, is able to be a drama queen but has little or no business acumen, and I don't feel she has managed to do a good job at all, and another male who has a proven track record. Can I ask you all, do you really like every single decision your Boss makeverything your Boss says, does etc Grow up. this is the real, live, wonderful, cut throat world and Val has not cut it for the last four years, she is however not that far removed in age from any of the other candidates. and needs to be given no more cchance. If you feel you could do better, put your money, time, energy and all where your very load mouths are and stand next time, otherwise shut up. If, and I do say IF she is all the good things you say, why could she not get a team together to support her in her quest??? I note the other two, of any substance that is, have people willing to put their money on the line. May I just add, just because a peron takes care with their dress they are not wealthy, as suits etc today are not the costly things they were in days gone by. Fleur. I am a young voter too, we are not all the same.

Anonymous said...

There is no drama queen personality about Val. I have never heard of her raising her voice, or being rude to others during the whole 4 years she has been mayor of Cairns. She has copped it a lot from the media and has always stayed calm and very focused on the job. On the other hand, doubting (shouting) Thomas and the other 2 oldies are just boring.

Kay said...

Manning does have a reputation around the town. I have been wondering why Margaret Cochrane is not exchanging preferences with him. I smell bad blood. Does anyone know what has gone on there? I hear from people down at the pre-polling that there is friction between the Community Alliance and Unity teams. What is going on? Anyone?

Destiny Prophet said...

I couldn't care less if Manning was 103 if he had the right ideas. I believe in the wisdom of age and think the political parties have driven the average age of pollies down too low - not enough life experience, not enough accumulated wisdom and not enough track record for us to examine.

The problem with Manning is what he represents.

There are people making the right token noises about making Cairns nicer to live in and bringing the tourists back while all their focus seems mainly on the port.

Why? PNG is booming. Minerals and timber - the Chinese and Taiwanese are ripping out everything they can as fast as they can. Who is benefitting? The Chinese are. The Taiwanese are and so are the local politicians and bureacrats who can see how the cards are dealt.
The ordinary people of PNG certainly are not seeing an improvement in their lives.

Australia is ideally placed to join the Nauruanisation of PNG. Cairns is a modern Western city with port, business services, modern communications technology and a bloody lot more comfortable to do business in than Port Moresby. We could become the business and export centre to the Australian participation in the 'development' of PNG as the rape of their resources will be termed.

So why place any real emphasis on tourism or liveability and silly things like that, when Cairns can just be a dormitory, housing worker bees who toil to make others the next Clives, Ginas and Twiggys.

Pauli Christie has been referencing this on the Think Tank page and it's a shame more isn't said about it.

Cairns can become Mackay. Mackay as the service centre to the mining boom is famed for it's high incomes. There's Positions Vacant ads on television in prime time - and it's one of the most shit places to live I've ever seen. The only infrastructure spending is on roads etc to service the mining boom. It takes 20 minutes to drive a few city blocks during business hours - but why fix those streets? The
trucks don't use them! Numerous B doubles full of petrol wind through the narrow streets of Walkerston metres from classrooms every day. The showgrounds don't have a single decent structure but they can whack up everything they need for a mining expo in a flash. The drinking is so problematic any venue that opens after 10 has to scan the licence and photograph every single customer that walks in and there's groups of police waiting with paddy wagons every half block in the drinking precinct. The kids stroll round Canelands with bags full of shopping - Mum and Dad are too busy making dollars to look after them so they just throw money at them and then when you turn on the radio you hear experts pondering why Mackay schools have the highest rates of suspensions and expulsions in the state. I could go on and on.

Cairns undoubtedly needs a better income. The Japanese and Americans who we did so well off are now struggling and Cairns suffers as a result. The economy is important but so is how we live. The council can make some contribution to improving the economy but really that's what we pay taxes to the Federal and State governments to do. We need a council that is responsive to how we want to live and what facilities we want in our town for us - not simply to become worker drones building other people's fortunes.

Val Shier is the only Mayoral candidate I see with a balanced vision for Cairns and an understanding of the proper responsibilities of local, state and federal governments. But of course Val has been subject to one of the most virulent vicious and persistent campaigns of denigration, slander and bullshit ever seen since the very day she took them by surprise and got elected. How could you ever hear a word of what she has achieved above the constant howling of the baying werewolves out for her blood?

Buzz said...

Anyone know what has happened to the CEO of the Ports Authority? Has he been given his marching orders by the Newman Government? Manning is obviously trying to insinuate himself into the CEO role as well as running for Mayor.
It's going to be a rum old Council with old Masthead running from the Ports office back to the CRC office, especially if we end up with a nicely divided Council and some suspicious Independents with a bit of backbone who won't rubber-stamp everything Manning wants, sitting in the Council Chambers.

Destiny Prophet said...

Anonymous 18/4/12 21:04 said:

The staff hated the fact that at every meeting he used a football anology to explain to his "team" how they should do what he wanted.

I remembered this on Saturday when I opened the paper and saw Bob Manning describing the election in terms of a football game and now I doubt I am welcome back at Jamaica Blue after spitting salmon potato cake all over the bloody place!