|BRETT MOLLER AND ANTHONY MIROTSOS TOUR|
THE SHUTTERED RETAIL AREAS OF CAIRNS IN 2011. 2012
SEES MOLLER WITH LNP JOB AND NEW LNP-REQUIRED
OPINIONS ABOUT WHAT CAIRNS NEEDS
What he fails to mention is that this is completely opposite of the approach taken by his LNP mates in Brisbane. The Schier council had already begun the process of tightening and reducing staff numbers, but this is something Manning has been gutless to continue. Instead his budget is ALP inspired, with a huge and growing deficit planned for this year, and next! And while they steadfastly claim the shortfall is "only $6.6 million", it's already been exposed to be closer to $16 million, including the required Capital Reserve payments they're not making.
As Chair of Ports North, Moller is like all officers bound by the Ports North Code of Conduct. And yet this letter to the Cairns Post would seem to be in direct contravention of this code. And many have concluded intentionally misleading - CCIQ has often positioned itself as a "Chamber of Commerce" when in fact it is nothing of the kind. It's a bare-knuckled lobbying organisation on behalf of big business. Why has the Ports North board allowed this clear conflict to continue?
One also has to examine the conflicts that exist between Moller's continued work as a solicitor in Cairns, especially when his website lists as specialties "Land Developers, Local Government, Local Shopping Centres, Unit Developers, Chambers of Commerce". All potential conflicts with his position as chair of Ports North. His firm is regularly "on the record" in CRC legal matters. Why hasn't he been asked to resign from this legal position which is fraught with so many conflicts?
Just a year ago, Moller was allied with Anthony Mirotsos in demanding government support for business and government in Cairns. A year later, Moller has conveniently done a 180, now writing letters supporting his LNP mates in stripping tens of millions from Cairns. Ethical? Clearly not. Even the CCIQ is getting dudded by this guy, who now at the head of Ports North is taking orders from Joh Bjelke Newman.
It would seem important that the boards of Ports North and CCIQ figure out exactly who's interest comes first with Brett Moller. His actions have already answered this question for the public.
Mirotsos is looking like the only one speaking for Cairns. Bob Manning's attempt at humour during yesterday's Chamber of Commerce lunch exposed CRC leadership to the public as a doddering old, weak man incapable of taking criticism or even reacting to it. But as we have seen, even Mirotsos' leadership can be changed with one cushy LNP appointment.