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19 August 2012

NEW TOURISM AUSTRALIA PLANS COMBINED WITH CAMPBELL NEWMAN "CHAINSAW MASSACRE" WILL LEAVE CAIRNS RESIDENTS EXPOSED TO UNSCREENED AND UNTREATABLE TUBERCULOSIS

MAO ZEDONG SAYS "SNEEZE ON THE
FOREIGNERS WHEN TRAVELING AND
LEAVE THEM GIFT OF CHINESE TB"
As Cairns tourism officials tout the economic effects for the region of the recently announced direct China Eastern flights from Shanghai (and the dubious, not-so-direct flights from China Southern), Tourism Australia has announced big advertising plans to target Chinese who aren't living in the "first tier" cities of Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou.

Their strategy is to entice tourists from inland and more rural cities - a strategy they claim is "a first" for the Chinese market.

This strategy, combined with the gutting of major health programs in Cairns, is a recipe for a tropical health disaster in Cairns.  And despite attempts to get a response from the local LNP member, Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King and the other North Queensland MP's, the silence from them and the Queensland Government is deafening.


Tuberculosis is rampant in Mainland China, and in fact the major source of risk is from these so-called "second tier" and below cities where medical care is below first-tier city standards.  (Funny, like Cairns).  With over 5million cases of TB, China has 25% of the world's number of "drug resistant" TB patients!  Major TB specialists have been quoted saying "to really control TB in the world, you've got to control TB in China".  And yet most, including health specialists in China, admit that the Chinese efforts at control are mostly a failure.


Chinese efforts at control of TB focus mostly on their domestic travelers.  This includes airport screening of passengers - both by scanning passenger's temperature, the posting of TB-trained nurses in waiting rooms and luggage halls, and even boarding aircraft arriving in "first tier" cities from known TB hotspots.  One tourism "professional" at TTNQ has said "we want to welcome the Chinese, not intimidate them".  They're used to TB screening in their OWN country, and would be completely understandable about an Australian effort.  Sadly, ignorance of China at our tourism leaders continues unabated.   

The UK government now requires mandatory pre-departure screening tests from 67 known TB hotspots, as well as arrival screening.

And in Queensland, in order to give our new Chinese tourists a big Aussie welcome, we're dismantling what little TB screening we have.  We have governments at both the state and federal level more interested in stopping diseased bananas and pineapples than stopping diseased humans!  Sadly, this is because big business has more influence with Aussie politicians than the people they are supposed to be representing!  


Two major decisions by the Health Minister Lawrence Springborg will be catastrophic for Cairns.  Firstly, the dedicated tuberculosis unit in Brisbane has been ordered closed.  And with it the loss of health professionals skilled at recognising and treating this disease.  And in its place is the order to "decentralise" tuberculosis and other communicable disease services to the local hospital boards.  These boards are ill-equipped to handle the detection and tracing that would be necessary, as outlined by the World Health Organization, if an outbreak were to occur in Queensland.


It's well accepted fact that the Cairns region is grossly underfunded in current health services.  And so far, the local health board led by LNP tool "UnSir" Bob Norman has been only REACTIVE - throwing money at problems that get press attention while ignoring those that haven't yet made the funny papers.  The new rule for lengthy medical lists?   Get your malady on Seven News, and the Norman flunkies will throw some money at it tomorrow.  So far not a particularly intelligent health-management strategy. No one in the community should feel safe from tuberculosis and other air-passenger-carried diseases with this group of LNP nodders running the hospital!  

We're just weeks away from our first planeloads of expectorating Chinese "freaks and weirdos" (copyright, Gavin King) and we're dismantling the tools necessary to protect the citizens of Queensland.  Let's just hope Gavin and Leah keep their kids out of spitting distance from a case of incurable tuberculosis.

(Thanks for the push from Alison Alloway)






35 comments:

Alison Alloway said...

Thanks for the article and extra research, Hillbilly. T.B. is in fact rising again all around the Western world with the experts saying it is a direct result of international travel. To be fair to Gavin King, it is only a couple of days since I contacted him, so I am waiting on a response. We do need some safeguards put in place, preferably at the airport, before the Chinese arrive en masse. I just cannot emphasise enough the frightening and dire consequences of this awful disease being allowed to get out in the community. Our most vulnerable to contagion are those with weak or compromised immune systems such as our babies, young children and the elderly. Our elderly face a greater risk because many would have been exposed to T.B. at a young age when the disease was prevalent. Having had exposure to this disease apparently makes you more susceptible to contracting the disease as you get older. I have been talking with senior people about their memories of tuberculosis and they have told me about the sanitoriums where sufferers were sent to and how people greatly feared being sent to one. Finally, I must say I didn't like your description of "expectorating Chinese freaks and weirdos". I like the Chinese and frankly look forward to seeing them enjoy this country. However, we do need to protect ourselves from this contagion with some sensible safeguards.

Bob R. said...

Perhaps arrival screening may be the best preventive measure? Even with this in place, we will need to have expert medical staff in the area. I can't understand why Newman is cutting back on this aspect of health while at the same time we are opening up our doors to the Chinese. It's a bloody recipe for disaster alright. Get off your bum, King and get on to it.

Anonymous said...

Please don't let this turn into a Chinese hate session -we should welcome them here as guests and put pressure on the LNP to make sure that funding continues for the health management strategies mentioned. I along with all my schoolmates, was tested and vaccinated against TB in the 1950s. I would hope that this practice happens in Australia too, or does it?

JOHN MACKENZIE'S HILLBILLY WATCH said...

Nothing "hateful" is meant or implied about the Chinese. Even most educated Chinese recognise the shortcomings of their country cousins.

And you know that TB vaccine is long-since ineffective. And don't get me started about the wackos who aren't vaccinating their children for ANYTHING. It seems to me we weren't allowed in primary school without proof of vaccinations, but the same anti-flouride crowd is also against vaccines.

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Alison said...

Anonymous 17.47, I was tested at school as well, and found to have been in contact with the disease (no doubt because my Grandad had it) so therefore was not vaccinated. My own enquiries have revealed quite a few of us in the community who were never vaccinated. I dare say a lot of us boomers when we were children came into contact with relatives or neighbours or whoever, with the illness. However, Hillbilly states above that the TB vaccine is "long since ineffective." ??? Perhaps it would seem that not only do we need preventive barriers through screening put at the airport, but a community education campaign as well? Just a thought. Rest assured no-one is starting a hate-fest on the Chinese!

jim-bob snr. said...

We certainly need to put some strategies in place, that's for bloody certain. No, Anonymous 17.47, this isn't an anti-Chinese thing at all. It is about pointing out where Newman has gone too far with his slash and burn policies, and where he has consequently exposed the community to potential risk - a risk that is way too serious to pooh pooh away.

Anonymous said...

Spitting green phlegm is a way of life in Asia

Tegan said...

I didn't know much about this t.b. disease until I read this blog and did some research myself. You people must all be a lot older than me. I didn't know about all the signs warning you not to expectorate. In fact I didn't know what expectorate meant until I looked it up on google. Anyway how dare you say that Asians spit. A lot of Aussie guys gob up and spit too. Before you accuse others of bad habits look at us first.

Anonymous said...

I noticed in Saturday's Cairns Post they were more worried about finding Cantonese and Mandarin speakers than anything else. Seems to me as if they are completely oblivious to the dangers we face.

Jethro said...

Good point there Tegan. Australia is a nation of spitters. Another reason why we should take strong measures to keep t.b. out of the country.

Anonymous said...

Tegan seems typical of a younger generation who have grown up oblivious to the signs and dangers of a major contagion. Those of us who are boomers remember well the polio epidemics which raced through Australia, plus of course the efforts the authorities went to, to combat tuberculosis. It's a case of out of sight, out of mind, it seems. It's doubtful that any of the members of TTNQ or Cairns Chamber of Commerce etc would even have the scantiest knowledge of T.B. Sad, but therein lies our danger. Oh, and incidentally, there have been recent outbreaks of polio in China as well.

Anonymous said...

You're not bloody wrong there young Tegan. How many blokes do you see spitting out the window of their car as they drive along hey? Yeah real nice.

Tony said...

You know if t.b. did come back it would be a lot harder to control than back in the 1950s and 1960s. Back in those days no-one had airconditioning there wernt any big airconditioned shopping centres or clubs or casinos or theatres. People didnt travel so much on planes or airconditioned trains and busses and people as a whole didnt travel around as much as they do today. People didnt eat out as much either so what I am saying is that an infected person today would be able to infect many more people than he would have done in the 1950s or 1960s. and if he is as young as Tegan he wouldnt know what was wrong with him when he started coughing. He would probably think it was the flu. And Tegan is right lots of blokes spit. I reckon Gavin King should geton to this quick.

Seth at Port said...

You're not wrong there Tony. It would be a hell of a job to stamp out this time and very costly in terms of medical staff required. Another aspect of course would be that if it became known that Cairns and the Far North had a tuberculosis outbreak, our tourist industry would instantly nosedive.
The consequences if the Newman Government don't do something would be catastrophic. You really have to wonder at the sanity of Newman in axeing the main tuberculosis treatment centre exactly at a time when we are opening our doors wide open to China?

Anonymous said...

I reckon the LNP are just going to piss on all of this and pretend there's nothing to worry about. I reckon they are going to give the finger to us all up here and let us take our bloody chances. Im so bloody glad I dont work in the tourist industry. From what I read the tourist operators are shitting themselves over whether their staff know all the cultural fucken stuff not whether or not they have had t.b. injections or whatever.

Disgusted and angry said...

Well look at the bright side, when people start feeling tired, lose weight, and experiencing bad chest pains, and racking coughs which bring up blood, maybe then they will think Newman's cuts have gone too far? Maybe when they bury dear old Grandma who died a painful death and six month old baby Mary who also died a painful death, maybe as they stand there at the funeral service, all wearing masks and too fearful to breathe, maybe just then they will experience a flash of doubt about Newman's claims of a "bloated bureaucracy". Maybe, just maybe they might understand why we do need public servants and government health workers. Maybe they might just understand why we need a government to care about the health of its citizens. Maybe, maybe they might just understand why we need a tuberculosis treatment center.

Anonymous said...

Probably the frightening thing is that China has a high proportion of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, which would make it so much bloody harder to treat here, well fucken impossible now that Newman has axed the main t.b. treatment centre anyway. As Hillbilly points out, you could well end up with an incurable disease. Death, in other words. Be nice seeing our crematoriums and cemetaries working overtime wouldn't it, you reckon?

Anonymous said...

Holy shit, its even worse than you think., HILLBILLY can you cut and paste the article from People's Daily Online dated 23/3/2011? The Chinese Ministry of Health say in that article that 500 million Chinese are suspected to carry the tuberculosis virus. They say that is approximately 45% of the countrys population and that many do not know they are infected.

Anonymous said...

Jesus H Christ, I reckon once a few hundred infected Chinese tourists walk through that Cairns airport gate, the disease is up and running around Australia. We will have to undergo a national screening program, establish sanitariums for people to go to, to die, separate families, and have infected people escorted away from the workplace, schools etc by the police or army. Oh, there won't be any nice, comfortable sanitariums in Queensland for the terminally tuberculoid to live out their days. Newman and the LNP dont believe in that sort of wasteful extravagance.

Crystal ball gazer said...

From Crystal Ball Gazer....

2016

Queensland is a different place. Newman is still Premier, leading a much smaller LNP in Government. Richie Bates is the Member for Cairns and Rob Pyne, the newly elected Mayor of CRC. Gavin King has replaced his mentor John Mackenzie as local radio shock jock.
Failure to take safety measures back in 2012 against the arrival of tuberculosis by the Newman Government, has seen the disease arrive and begin its spread across Queensland.
The invasion of Chinese tourists in the year 2012 alone, saw several hundred infected Chinese nationals descend upon the cities of Cairns and the Gold Coast. Tony Abbott has been Prime Minister since his overwhelming defeat of Julia Gillard in 2013. Upon taking office, Abbott introduced two of his policies, the abolition of Medicare and compulsory fees for hospitals and hospital services, the abolition of unemployment benefits after six months and the introduction of a much stricter Work Choices. The Newman Government was quick to support Abbott on these policies. "USER PAYS!" said Newman when asked about the demise of Queensland's free hospital system. "If you can't afford health care, then it isn't the responsibility of the taxpayer!" Abbott, however cements his popularity by ordering Australian naval vessels to destroy a boatload of asylum seekers off the Australian coast, near Broome. A lone survivor tells ABC news that mostly those on board the boat who were killed were young girls and their mothers and pregnant women who had been helped to escape the Taliban in Afghanistan. Abbott is seen as a hero to a lot of Australians who, though upset at having to pay increasingly high medical insurance costs, and worried about hospital costs, believe Abbott has made Australia a much better place for them to live in because he "got rid of the asylum seekers." Fearful of losing their jobs because of taking sick leave, with Abbott's "Work Choices", workers continue to go to work, even though they feel unwell, and they notice some of their co-workers are losing weight rapidly, and troubled by coughing.
As the numbers of people afflicted with tuberculosis rises, doctors try to get the Newman Government to open up treatment centres, sanatoriums, institute an education program and start vaccinating with MVA85A. Doctors warn that the disease is gathering traction especially amongst the poor who are not seeking medical treatment because of the loss of free medical services. Newman responds by saying that the State cannot afford such measures and that he is totally opposed to socialised medicine and threatens any Doctor who speaks out with losing their license to practise medicine in Queensland.
The dye is cast. The contagion escalates.

Anonymous said...

Herr Jackboot Neumann has also continued his push to crush any protests by the evil socialist workers movement by changing the Labour Day Marches to a time he sees fit (like never?).

Mr Facts. said...

Ah yes. The pure entertainment of expectorating. It is truly an artform conducted by the vast majority of the male population, to the disgust of the female.

It is otherwise known as slagging, hocking, or simply coughing up boogas. Many a cowboy would hockle his chewable tobacco into the spittoon at the end of the bar. In more recent times, this was performed for our entertainment by Kenny Everett, who brought up the booga from his throat...Hwwichk!. Slagged it out...Thpt!, then gave the TING as it hit the spittoon. Hwwichh...Pt...Ting!. Ah, we love it.

The world record hockle was performed by Ron G Biggend, of Sarina, Qld, who, after 4 days of drinking, and with a bit of a cold, let fly at his mate Bobs place, with a monster booga, measuring the size of a fully grown tabby cat.

Anonymous said...

Bit off topic but todays Courier Mail 9(whooda thought?) writes that 3 LNP members who lied about the state debt levels have apologised but we can add Gavin King WHO LIED OUTRIGHT that the state had forcast debt 100bn. Never was, never has been.

Courier Mail
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/qld-mps-apologise-for-misrepresenting-debt/comments-e6freon6-1226454845995

Gavin King Facebook entry 13th July
"It is ironic in the extreme that Mr Pitt was involved in this protest given he was a Cabinet minister in a former Labor Government that sent this state broke with a debt forecast to hit $100 billion."

LIAR LIAR LIAR LIAR LIAR OUTRIGHT LIES.

jim-bob jnr said...

Who gives a shit about liars? I don't want to become a world chamption slagger, hocking up the green stuff off my lungs while getting skinnier and skinnier and unable to sleep at night because of night sweats and coughing. King can lie all he likes about the State debt. If he doesn't do something to protect us from this bloody t.b., what the fuck will a bit of debt matter to us?

ruby said...

Mr Facts, I dont think Ive had such a good laugh in months!!

ECKERS said...

That's it then? Because we need the Chinese tourist dollar, we are left wide open to take our chances with this killer disease? Anyone heard anything from Gavin King about it?

Ms Elly-May said...

So what's going to happen? Are we all going to be left to just take our chances and to hell with us? Isn't King getting off his arse to DO SOMETHING? This is deadly serious. Or are we all now too fraidy fraidy at upsetting the Chinese by demanding screening at the sirport before they get in?

Liz said...

This is surreal, like a bad dream. Don't you know there have been tuberculosis scares at various places over the past few years, like at Sydney Hospital, Monash Medical Centre, and last month at the Queensland Institute of Technology? We face a very real threat of a major contagion entering Australia via an influx of Chinese tourists, yet no-one apparently is DOING anything to try and prevent it. Is the tourist dollar worth more than the health and well being of the Australian population? This is like a bad nightmare. PINCH ME. I have to be having a nightmare!!!

shanghai said...

jm more in danger from the idiot drivers i share the road with than getting tb from my chinese pax on my bus

Anonymous said...

And there we have it folks, why nothing will be done, because people like shanghai above trivialise the threat and see "idiot drivers" as more dangerous. No, you can't SEE what causes tuberculosis, which is spread through airborn droplets, but you sure can see CARS. It goes to show that through the centuries despite our science knowledge, despite our medical knowledge, despite knowing that life killing bacteria is invisible, people will ignore the risk because they cannot SEE it. Therein lies our greatest danger. Ignorance.

worried said...

We do face a real risk of contagion. If the Newman Government don't do something and later try to keep it under wraps, it will spread through the community like silent wildfire.

Anonymous said...

Mr Facts, I thought I was going to have a stroke after reading that.

Anonymous said...

Mr Facts, I thought I was going to have a stroke after reading that.

Lillian at Yorkeys said...

Additionally, T.B. is unfortunately alive & well in PNG, which I think is one of the main reasons the Briso clinic was established. Also, PNG is in close proximity to TI, & there is visiting between the two countries. The PNG health system is a shambles, so there is shared funding from the Federal Govt & I think (there used to be) the State Govt., to provide funding to operate specialist TB clinics from TI, & support efforts in PNG.
The Federal Government was going to remove TB funding earlier this year, but there was such an outcry from the medical community that it was retained as it is.
So, the risk is already here - but up till now has been contained via Qld Health etc.
I think it's way time, campers, that we got those emails & letters fluttering off to Slasher Newman, whoever the Minister for Health is, Deputy Premier, & so on. Also not only Gavin King, but also Michael Trout (he's part of the
LNP's Do Nothing For the Far North policy too folks), & the Bloke for Cook, David Kempton (ditto for policy, I would imagine), who is also LNP - as the Gulf is his electorate. I would also suggest contacting the A.M.A. (Australian Medical Association)& outlining local concerns to them, as I would our local doctors, nurses & allied health staff are doing.
In short folks, I think it's time to get over the Slasher Shellshock, get up from the couch, & start fighting, non?
The good news - re making ourselves heard - is that Slasher & Co are coming up to the Far North - Cairns - for a Community Cabinet, to be held on the 16th & 17th (Sunday & Monday) of September. Goodie, goodie. You can make appointments to talk to the LNP Chaps via "request forms online at www.thepremier.qld.gov.au or by calling 1800 448 377" [That's from the Compost, so maybe the details could wrong??]
The article also says there will be a "Sunday" forum", although no details of time or venue [Good old Compost].
David Kemp, Member for Cook "encouraged people to make an appointment to meet Cabinet members. This is a great opportunity for locals to take their concerns directly to the decision makers. The public is welcome to the Sunday forum, but people must register or have an appointment [to see a Minister]".
So folks - the vociferous of us can go & hang with Slasher & Co., & inform them about what impact their policies - or lack of them - for the Far North is doing.
Meantime, we can all have fun with our paints & crayons in the next few weeks, designing some lovely protest banners to welcome Slasher to the Far North. Aux arms citoyens....
And congratulations to young Tegan half-way up who allowed her curiousity & intelligence to Google & Wiki her way to an understanding of TB & its related woes.