The Minister for Mackenzie Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King was of course the first one on the Cueball hour yesterday after five weeks of refreshing talk radio from Brisbane host Greg Cary. Cary spouts none of the hateful, community-divisive talk that drives MacKenzie, and Cary even had the cajones to cut off the nonsense from Martin Tenni. Tenni apparently can't go more than a few days without vomiting up his tired old opinions.
So King starts spruiking the visit of Chinese Communist Party official Liu Yandong (刘延东) calling it a "game changer" for Cairns tourism. In his written statement, King says "this visit will have a profound impact on our city and our state for years to come. . .".
This is not only profound bullshit, it shows the depth of ignorance our hillbilly leaders (including Jan Stuckey and the Premier what's-his-name) have about Mainland China.
A search on Baidu (the Chinese equivalent of Google) for both Liu Yandong and Cairns shows NO hits. NONE. Like all Chinese leaders, the news media in China rarely reports on the movements of officials other than the General Secretary, who is now Xi Jinping - because they aren't allowed. Such is the level of media censorship in China.
King goes on to point out that Ms. Liu is only one of two women in the Chinese Politburo. I guess he's bragging - by percentage this isn't quite as bad as the number of LNP women in the Joh Bjelke Newman government! And Ms. Liu would be unlikely to ever be more than a party figurehead, as the ruling committee of China has never included a woman. EVER!
And King's comments show profound ignorance about the Chinese people. As unelected leaders, even if the visit to Cairns WERE reported in China, it would only generate derision among the average person. The only useful result of the visit will be a political signal to the business entities that Cairns is "approved" at the highest levels of the government. You're never going to see Ms. Liu's Cairns photos on Facebook or Twitter. And if the visit is reported in the future, it will be a low-key story hidden away on page 20 of some Communist Party journal, which are generally shunned by the public.
King and his LNP cohorts spruiked this visit as the equivalent of Bill Clinton coming during the '90s. That visit however was actually reported by the world press.
And for the real cynics, the real reason for her stopover to Cairns was the inability of her Air China airplane to fly nonstop from Canberra to China without a refueling stop.
It remains a mystery why King didn't get Liu to take the "Usain Bolt" pose. This would have had a far larger affect on Cairns tourism than her unreported visit, the significance of which King says "is impossible to underestimate". While of course Chinese tourism is bound to increase in Cairns with the start of direct flights, this is being driven by commercial considerations. And as the 1990's showed us, these flights can be just as easily discontinued when the airlines decide they can make more money elsewhere.
As far as the Chinese population is concerned, it never happened.