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18 December 2012

WARREN ENTSCH PERSONALITY ISSUES, PETER SLIPPER AFFAIR, DRINK DRIVING ARREST, AND FRACTURED CAIRNS LNP POLITICS WEIGHING ON LEICHHARDT PRESELECTION PROCESS

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The Cairns-based Minister for Blogosphere and federal LNP member Warren Entsch is having a tough time even getting thru the preselection process as federal member for Leichhardt.  It would seem all the chickens are coming home to roost at once.

Entsch has never been much of a performer for Cairns.  Even as a Howard government backbencher, he struggled to get any substantial investment in Cairns - a few million for the Cairns Lagoon was overshadowed by state and council funding.  Big shipbuilding contracts were sent elsewhere, resulting in the ultimate failure of the Cairns shipbuilding industry.  During his three-year "retirement", ALP member Jim Turnour oversaw huge funding increases for, among other things, the Bruce Highway upgrade that's now under construction while during this same period we saw Entsch featherbedding his own nest in a directorship at CEC Group, including as acting chairman, just prior to their collapse.  And Entsch is never short of the "pie in the sky" project idea, his favourite tunnels - tunnels to East Trinity, tunnels to Kuranda.  Sensible big ticket ideas like the Entertainment Precinct or rail mass transit, or even fixing up the CBD are not the kind of ideas coming out of Wazza.

During the last two years as parliamentary whip, Entsch has not been much of a performer, either.  As whip he's supposed to have a handle on the voting numbers - but his inattentiveness saw the famous "run for the door" incident in which disgraced former ALP member Craig Thomson decided to vote with the coalition and while Entsch snoozed, other front bench opposition members had to sprint for the doors to avoid an embarrassment.

This week now sees Entsch accused as a key conspirator in the Peter Slipper affair.  Independent Australia has an enlightening article this week on the Entsch involvement in what's looking like an Abbott debacle, while the usual ALP attack dogs answer calls for an investigation with their own calls to investigate the Entsch role.  And the ALP machine is said to have prepared election attacks on all of these issues and more - things like the attempt to get government money to refurbish the Sheraton Mirage, the promise and subsequent withdrawal of money for needed replacement of Torres Strait Island seawalls, the Danae Jones hiring.  With Leichhardt an LNP seat in a primarily Labor area of Queensland, all of these issues are seen by the ALP as making this Entsch seat a likely pickup in the upcoming election.    

And with Cairns apparently singled out for massive insurance premium rises, petrol over 15cents a litre more than the rest of Queensland, and $133M of vitally needed local infrastructure funding stripped from Cairns by his LNP mates, and a profoundly ignorant drink drive conviction,  Entsch looks to be as useless to Cairns as a bag of hammers.  What the ALP is calling the "disenchanted Newman voter" would seem to be alive and well in Far North Queensland.

Entsch has also refused to answer persistent questions about the rumoured government purchase of a Clifton Beach motel slated to be used as onshore housing for illegal boat people.  

All of these issues are front and centre as Entsch is now looking to be the underdog for preselection to his seat of Leichhardt.  With Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King using every opportunity to undercut Entsch, and Abbott offering no active support, several have predicted Entsch will be replaced with a less objectionable candidate in an attempt to hold the seat. 

51 comments:

CairnsCynic said...

Clifton Motel?? While I say the location is a bit off, I think the idea of onshore processing is actually not a bad one. Lets face it, the government (and both LNP and ALP seem to have the same idea here)seem top be intent on taking the soft approach and allowing a multitude of illegal immigrants settle in Australia. So why waste so much money with off shore processing when it can be done so efficiently and for less onshore. The result will be the same. In fact, there are some great advantages to this including employment opportunities in managing such a facility. And if we are talking a motel, we aren't talking a small city of people! It would however be nice for either side of politics to try something unique for a change though - the truth!

Anonymous said...

Calling a section of the voting public 'vile scum' won't help either, particularly as the scum seems to be infesting more and more parts of Cairns.

ruby said...

Can't say I agree with you on this, Hillbilly Watch. I'm predicting Entsch will run again and will win the seat, easy peasy. He's a shoe in. However, yes, Jim Turnour was a good performer for the seat of Leichhardt. In the three years he secured the much needed funds for the Liz Plummer Radiotherapy and Cancer Centre, the James Cook Dental School, the Marine College, stimulus funding for the many schools building program, funds for the current Bruce Highway upgrade. In the final analysis however, this doesn't mean much in an election.

CBD Warrior said...

I too have heard the rumblings of LNP heavies in town, suggesting that Entsch isn't at all guaranteed preselection. Steve Grasso has been actively white-anting Wazza's base, I've heard pretty successfully.

Jethro said...

Buggar onshore processing CairnsCynic. Yeah, I'm sympathetic to the plight of those poor beggars trying to get here, but we expect all our legal migrants to have good health before they are allowed to come into the country, don't we? Some of these boat people are coming from countries where polio, tuberculosis and what have you, are common. Just bloody imagine if polio got out in our community today with so many bloody idiot parents not immunising their kids. I'll stick to offshore processing.

Anonymous said...

A quick look at Steve Grasso's public facebook account gives some clues, at the time of the LNP calling for nominations for Leichhardt he was very active, blurting out anti gillard carbon tax posts almost daily and even purchasing expensive facebook advertisements to promote himself, then suddenly he stopped cold.. why?? despite losing Grasso performed very well in the council election.. the LNP were probably impressed with his vote and told him to pull his head in while they leaked dirt on Entsch to destabilise him...

Anonymous said...

Trent Twomey will be the next member for Leichhardt in 2016. Don't bother discussing this any further.

Al said...

Well excuse me Trent Twomey, we'll discuss this as far as we wish!

Frank said...

“Illegal boat people” is a term I’d expect John Mackenzie to use to appeal to his hillbilly listeners, but not a term I’d expect to see published by the HBW blogger(s) and tacitly endorsed by some HBW commenters.

Anonymous said...

The slippery whip is getting unstuck!

Why is he not answering questions about the Clifton Motel ? He was dead set against the refugee camp at Schenger and spitting chips about it on air. Does he own that Motel or something ? What's the connection ? I didn't quite get it.

74 lurker said...

Disappointing to see HBW stoop to the Abbott-ism of referring to asylum seekers as "illegal". It is not illegal to come here and claim asylum, whatever means you arrive by.

Is this motel at CB supposedly being bought by the current government or the alternative one?

JOHN MACKENZIE'S HILLBILLY WATCH said...

While we appreciate some may disagree with our characterisation of the so-called asylum seeks as "illegal" boat people, it was discussed by several of us before it was included. Their method of arrival to Australia violates Australian law. We frankly don't believe in all the kowtowing to the United Nations is in Australia's best interest. A large number of countries around the world don't let the U.N. set their migration policies; these include many in Europe, the USA, Japan and China among others. A civil country has a right and obligation to protect its borders. Nothing about this concept is conservative or liberal, it's just common sense.

Now we return to our regularly scheduled programme.

Anonymous said...

until we remove borders i believe it is illegal to enter any country without a valid passport thru the correct channels

Anonymous said...

Here here HBW, I agree fully. Whilst refuge should be extended to those deemed to be genuinely at risk, the whole humane concept is being put at risk by those simply seeking economic advantage, which I suspect to be the majority of arrivals. The welcome mat so easily becomes a locked door by a nation tired of endless boats filled with 'refugees' sans any form of ID and well versed in their 'rights' once landed.

Anonymous said...

Backpackers, tourists and student who overstay their visas could be classed as "illegal immigrants".

People who are fleeing war, persecution or famine are refugees or asylum seekers, regardless of the manner in which they arrive here.

It is as simple as that.

If Australia does not want to be beholden to the UN, then it should stop being a signatory to the refugee convention. Since we just bought ourselves a temporary seat on the UN that might be a bit tricky...

Miss Chief said...

HBW you may not believe in all the kowtowing to the UN but we are a signatory to the convention on the ethical treatment of asylum seekers. People who arrive on our shores without prior authorisation from Australia, with no documents, or false documents are not illegal. They are asylum seekers - a legal status under International Law. I suggest you do a little more research. A simple Google search "asylum seeker myths" will suffice. It's not that we disagree, it is that you are WRONG.

Mary2 said...

You believe incorrectly. Ignorance is no excuse.

Bob R. said...

Trent Twomey - what an example of awkward alliteration! It makes me want to say out loud "Twent Toomey". How about some more details about this motel at Clifton Beach? I'm a bit confused about it.

Observer said...

The "asylum seekers" will be used as a wedge issue in the coming Federal Election and Australians will be stirred into a feverish pitch of terror that the hordes of barbarians are at their doorstep. We saw John Howard use that tactic very successfully and Pauline Hanson rushing in to say she was "vindicated". Julia Gillard has demonstrated in the past two years her exceptional negotiation skills in keeping a disparate, minority government together and passing over 195 separate pieces of legisation. Parliament is working effectively. I doubt that any other political leader could have achieved that. The ALP have demonstrated again they are a party of reform and "for the people", with the proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme, one of the biggest pieces of welfare reform in decades. Yet, when it comes to the vote, will all of this count? Like ruby, I am very doubtful. No-one should ever under-estimate the effectivness of using racism and misogynism in an election.

Ed in Edge Hill said...

Obsserver is correct about this issue being used as an election wedge. Some are doing it here already. HBW has a legitimate position, and I applaud them for stating their position honestly.

There is an agreed process in place for legitimate refugees, which requires them to seek asylum at their first stop. The illegal refugees we're being strongarmed into taking have been thru many other countries prior to their journey to Australia - and as the bulk of them look to be muslim, they would seem to be a better fit to Malaysia or Indonesia, not Australia.

I don't think they can all be characterised in one way, but suffice to say that asylum in a socialist-leaning welfare state like Australia is infinitely more desirable than the alternatives.

Clifton Reporter said...

Regarding the "Clifton Motel", I believe what's being referenced is the Clifton Palms, an old-style holiday apartment complex with motel-style accommodation. There has been talk in Clifton Beach that the feds have, or are about to purchase this site with surveyors seen around the property and the operators remaining tight-lipped. There was discussion about it at the recent neighbourhood watch meeting but little real information is available.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous (18/12/12 20:54): You are confusing the issue. There are visa overstayers. These are people who legally arrived at a border point, usually by air, and do not depart when due to do so (usually three months). Their whereabouts are unknown, they are probably working and the system will eventually catch up with them for deportation. Then there are those who arrive in boats claiming to be fleeing war, persecution, or famine and seeking asylum, and who are entitled to claim refugee status. They are arriving in ever increasing numbers via several transit-stop countries. The problem is; which are the GENUINE refugees, and which are the economic rent-seekers? The Australian public I suggest think a huge majority is the latter (and it's a vote-changer; a point the LNP will exploit for political advantage, much to their shame) . Furthermore, being a signatory to the UN convention does not obligate us to accommodate everyone who turns up CLAIMING refugee status. The final determination is with the signatory country

CairnsCynic said...

I appreciate what people say in terms of illegal boat people, asylum seekers etc. At the end of the day we are all splitting hairs of PC edness which leads to division amongst the voter public. This is one of the very things that the conservative side want. The very issue here is the accountability of our elected representatives. Lets look at the real issue not the various terms for anyone who arrives in Australia without the relevant documentation and through whatever means (small point of interest, more people claim asylum after arriving by plane than they do by boat)

Tony Hillier said...

The opposition's asylum seeker "wedge" campaign was kicked off by the odious and unctuous Bishop woman futilely attempting on ABC's 7:30 Report last night to explain the difference [sic] between her party's and the governmint's policy on the issue. "We're more committed" was about the best she could offer as a distinguishing point. Surely, the hoi polloi — as gullible as they are — won't be fooled into believing that Abbott's mob will fare any better on halting the boat arrivals!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 8:04. I agree that the problem is to separate genuine refugees from economic refugees.

Don't forget that many more asylum seekers arrive legally by plane and that many over stayers are staying in Australia for years.

Visa over stayers are in fact in Australia illegally and therefore illegal "non-citizens". They become illegal the day their visa runs out.

Anyway; what has that motel in Clifton Beach to do with Entsch ? He is not in government, so what is the connection ?

Anonymous said...

The Grasshole vs Stench. Two dodgey self serving pricks enter, one dodegy self serving prick leave... and represents Leichardt. Oh joy!

Anonymous said...

We seem to have morphed from the thrust of the original - interesting to note that Tony Abbott speaking from the UK says he has not read the findings of the magistrate re the Brough/Slipper/ Ashby affair. What's the betting that Brough will not be held accountable, Tony will love him, he will be re-elected and probably end up on the Tony's front bench? Ditto for Wazza although I can't see him scoring a frontbench possie!

Tony Hillier said...

Way off topic I know, yet undeniably topical. The Far North lost one of its finest singer-songwriters earlier this week with the sad passing of Ken McKay within cooee of Christmas. Ken's song, 'Christmas Time Up North' is a perfect antidote to the vomit inducing manifestations of Yuletide that you'll hear on local commercial radio stations such as 4-See-Hay. It's laconic and fair dinkum Aussie ... quintessential Ken, in fact. Check it out:
https://soundcloud.com/ken-mckay/01-track-01-2

Bob R. said...

King dominated the Mackenzie program again today, second day in a row, mostly concerned with local government issues like City Place. He had the gall to arrogantly dismiss someone as a "johnny come-lately" (WTF does he think he is??) and did his usual trick of finding some female civic leader, in this case, Julia Leu, to denigrate. We will probably have Stench on for most of the program tomorrow.

Feeling gouged said...

Yep, way off topic Tony Hilliar, but listening to Ken was a nice interlude from HBW.
Back on topic. Has anyone ever given an explanation as to why we pay top dollar for fuel in Cairns? Surely it has to be some sort of collusion, because if you can buy (substantially) cheaper at Fishery Falls or Cardwell, or Emerald Creek, why is every service station in Cairns so much more expensive - and identically priced?

Anonymous said...

Grasso has a brain, fits the retail political mould and certainly has a future path laid out for him... but not now, surely the LNP has someone with more experience and talent waiting to replace Entsch??

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 15:32: Sure Grasso has zero experience other than running as Margaret Cochran's grandson at the last council election. But if the voters in Queensland ARE turning on the LNP due to the Newman circus, they'll be just throwing him in to get experience knowing that Cairns would swing to Labor anyways. Sadly Grasso seems even more reptilian than our current members. . .

Anonymous said...

Mckenzie even dragged Maaarg out of obscurity today to endorse the ripping up of the bike path on the Esplanade and she obediently obliged. It was all about all the extra parking we so desperately need apparently , but will the hillbillies be able to come to grips with reverse parking ? The vile Tenni was there big -noting himself and a few articulate people got stuck into King about city place, but he arrogantly dismissed all the concerns.McKenzie intervened and grumpily cut off "Jeff" when he cornered King with some hard facts, because apparently there was a massive queue out there...Mckenzie also got stuck into the environment minister because he is too soft on crocodiles and on and on and on....I actually believe the program isn't live and that he is just running the same old tape every few days. Hopefuly his voice will crack up again soon. Apparently he still hasn't got rid of whatever it is he is suffering from. What a fuckwit !

KitchenSlut said...

Caption Contest Entry!
Wazza: "Peter, what hss Ashby got that I haven't?"

KitchenSlut said...

Peter: Hmmmm, will you shower with the door open Wazza?

Wazza; I have authority to offer naything for a vote except Tony's arse!

Anonymous said...

who the fuck is trent twomey?

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ruby said...

Twomey was Chair of the local LNP at one time. He is probably one of the people behind the coming privatisation of Queensland's hospital pharmacies. Yep, here we go again with another Government service about to be privatised.

Jethro said...

ruby, there are moves afoot to privatise hospital pathology services as well as pharmaceutical services. We are experiencing the stealthy privatisation of our free hospital scheme. It will mean compromised health services for patients as there are, understandably, huge profits to be made here. I predict pathology services will be outsourced to Malaysia or Vietnam where there are no quality assurance controls and pharmaceuticals will also be bulk purchased from China where once again they are not subject to quality controls. Queenslanders could well find they have been diagnosed with a benign cyst when in fact they have a cancer. They could also be given what doctors believe are "pain killers" but are in fact crushed up dog turds. But, never mind, the CEOs appointed by the Newman Government, will be on multi million dollar salaries, and their limited shareholders, also full of LNP members, will be laughing all the way to the bank.

Jan from Kewarra said...

Privatising public hospital pharmacies - that going to be an interesting outcome.

Current hospital policy is something along the lines of if a patient is prescribed new meds whilst in hospital, they are given a certain amount to go home with (just a few days supply), and then either the patient or the family then has to get another prescription from their local doctor, then get their script filled.

One can only speculate what is going to happen if public hospital pharmacies are privatised......either dead patients or patients re-admitted very shortly after discharge!!!

Jethro said...

Jan from Kewarra, you are spot on. Yet, there are big buckaroos to be made from privatising health services, big big smackeroos for the select few who will be "shareholders" and "CEOs". Just like Telstra, immediately following privatisation, they will be all out to gouge as much money out as fast as possible. Sure, there may be some sort of outcry if patients die or wind up being re-admitted and maybe some sort of checks may be put in place, but basically I predict they will remain privatised until a change in the Queensland government, which is not likely for quite a few years. We could also see where the Federal Government may be called upon to "provide" for the poorer patients. Basically what these privatised corporations will do will be to "privatise their profits" and "socialise their losses". Another area which looks like being privatised is the home care service industry such as HACC Services.

Anonymous said...

Hillbilly can you give us a detailed analysis of the potential LNP candidates for Leichhardt?? So we know which snake will be representing us next year.....

Observer said...

Former Liberal Leader and well known chemist, Terry White, has been called in to help set up the privatisation of the hospitals pharmaceutical business. White of course is a multi-millionaire. The Cairns Post, needless to say, is not mentioning it, but a couple of the Brisbane newspapers have. Despite the raving and ranting the LNP did about Anna not seeking a "mandate" to sell off Queensland Rail (which didn't affect people's health!) they are attempting to privatise stealthily and covertly without any mention of a "mandate".
The reprehensible fact of privatising this all important part of health care, is that the blood sucking CEOs and heartless shareholders will suck out as much as they can, ignoring the plight of the really sick and the needy while regurgitating that awful lie, "Oh the State was so much nto debt, these services HAD to be privatised." Sadly, some of the hillbillies will believe this, unable to comprehend the huge profits going into the pockets of a few people. This looks like being one of the worst acts of political bastardry perpetuated on a people by its government. For shame Newman!

V said...

Surely our anti-privatisation MP Gavin King will save us from the pharmacy rip-off! Won't you Gavin.

Second Anonymous said...

Interesting to see if if Twent gets the Cairns pharmaceutical contract.

Anonymous said...

Where is Warren?

Jan from Kewarra said...

To Anonymous 20/12/12 21:34

Don't you mean where is Wally?

Bob R. said...

A poll taken by "The Age" newspaper is asking readers whether it bothers them or not that Swan has ditched his commitment to have a surplus in next years budget. Well over 60% of voters on the poll replied "No." Yet here we have Queensland's LNP going "gung ho" ripping into the frail aged and the handicapped, tossing people out of institutions, starting privatisation of essential health services and so on, trying to get a surplus in as short a time as is possible.

ruby said...

I just did some research and it seems that the Terry White Group may already have some contracts with some hospitals. I can't find any details on the extent of it however. I agree that we are seeing the beginning of the privatisation of our State hospitals. We are already seeing it cut up into chunk sized bites, if you like, ie pharmaceuticals and pathology for privatisation. The entire privatisation of such a huge organisation would be complex and lengthy, however the LNP have been given the time frame in which to pull it off and can easily complete it before any major public backlash sweeps them out of office.

Anonymous said...

Has Wazza had a facelift or what?trying to keep up with the new bride 20 years his junior.
Not a bad effort Waz ol son 4 marriages.If at 1st you dont succeed try try try again.

Anonymous said...

He is a good big bloke, well done Warren, you are a good cook too. Give him a fair go, good onya, have a beer, don't fear, always cheer and always be near.