|THESE CROCS WON'T DIE, EITHER|
He's come back to what is shaping up as a disaster - with his political mates refusing to do his bidding, he's been gobsmacked by the news every day this week.
Today was a case in point. He immediately got stuck into Minister Crisafulli, who's allocated state money to councils for graffiti clean-up programs. Not good enough for Cueball, who said the programs were nonsense and the justice system "needs to do something". He voiced skepticism in Brett Moller's plans to "fast track" the dredging of the Trinity Inlet, with their "clever plans" to act like the Navy needs it - knowing full well the $120M cost can't be justified by a few extra cruise ships. And Cueball is clearly angry that the "extra policing" in the CBD is coming to an end without having incarcerated all the "ratbags" and "ferals". No one at the LNP or Cairns Council is the least bit interested in his ideas.
Giddy with excitement at 9:10, he announced that he was to have the environment Minister Andrew Powell on to make an announcement about the crocodile policy. But then he cautioned that maybe this guy too has fallen "prey to the environment department public servants", who he blames for protecting the killer crocodiles - previously letting windbag Martin Tenni accuse the department of "wanting children dead". It's outrageous!
The psychotic "get square" campaign by Cr. Terry James would seem to be sputtering to an end with the reconfigured Esplanade bike path "reverse-in parking" looking to be a gross error by the pollies over the professionals. Already businesses are reporting traffic backed up past the RSL as Cairns drivers (most of whom can't even parallel park) are now being expected to do the impossible. Even Marge Cochrane was trotted out to comment, and she wouldn't endorse it, either. And like a stunned mullet, MacKenzie can't fathom why Bob "Sleepy" Manning has ordered Macleod Street to remain at two lanes despite the years of campaigning by MacKenzie and his pet parrot Pete Roggenkamp (a program sponsor).
When Andrew Powell made his "big announcement", MacKenzie was gobsmacked, and he became more irate as the day went on. He demanded to know why everything from Cairns to Wonga Beach wasn't in the exclusion zone, and angrily insisted that the minister do what he was told. He then arrogantly told the minister "this isn't the final plan, you're going to have to extend it, you're going to have to deal with the Barron River" where MacKenzie shockingly said "30 to 40 of the damn things (crocs) were living just a few meters from people's front yards and back yards where children are playing"! Another fact pulled from his butt. Cueball then repeated the number 40 several more times - where does he get this shit?
MacKenzie, feeling dudded, had dutifully organised the nodders to speak. Col Sparks from Surf Lifesavers called it "a first step" even after collecting his new LNP-provided equipment, and Cook Shire's mayor Peter Scott didn't even know anything about the plan! But when he heard the LNP plan he was clearly angry. And as the reality of his disenfranchisement sunk in, with the "MacKenzie Plan" rejected by the Minister, Cueball called it "10% of what we need". However in typical gutless style, he made this charge after the Minister had left the studio.
Unanswered was the bigger question: what happens to these "trapped" crocs? Bob Irwin wants them put on the dole and sent to state schools. Colin Riddell (who will see dugongs slaughtered after his LNP mates approved the Ella Bay development) wants them "relocated" despite everyone knowing full well that the damn things will swim right back to where they were taken.
Then after 11, MacKenzie continued his attempts to gin up support for Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King, with polls showing he would easily be rolled in an election after his pathetic performance. King however "doubled down" on his support of bad decisions. With the needed CBD overhaul money stripped by King and his LNP mates, his half-arsed plan that doesn't deal with the buses, doesn't deal with the lack of CBD circulator transit, and doesn't do one thing to clean up this cesspool, is being punted back to the CRC. King abused a woman caller "Georgia" from Redlynch by claiming that a Cairns Post poll was not "statistically relevant". This despite the fact that he's been spruiking even less-relevant MacKenzie polls to kill the Entertainment Precinct for years! And then a Cow Bay jackass called to get "the ferals removed from the Cow Bay reserve"(a code we all know) and when the local councillor Julia Leu was mentioned, King was at his misogynist best claiming "I don't have a particularly good relationship with Julia Leu given some of the antics she's been involved in".
What antics are those, Mr. King? Representing her constituents? The fact that you sit listening to racist callers talk "in LNP code" about our fellow citizens in such a manner is abhorrent.
And what came first, the "ferals" (otherwise known as the original inhabitants of Cow Bay) or the reserve?
Clearly John MacKenzie has had zero effect on policy at either the state or council levels despite devoting his entire program to getting these guys elected. We wonder if the lunch with King @ Barnacle Bill's afterwards was really the appropriate place to argue about it in front of tables of tourists. . . . . .