|FORMER ARTS AND IT MINISTER ROS BATES|
LOOKS A STUNNED MULLET AS JOB
FAILURES BRING HER CRASHING TO THE GROUND
The reality is of course substantially less than mooted by MacKenzie. We too wonder why this was a page 4 story - it should have been on page 20, for all the value the King statement had.
Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King, in the dead of night (9:19 PM), slinks to the microphone and delivers this "ground-breaking statement". It takes barely two minutes, and is delivered to a virtually empty Parliamentary chamber. Even the deputy speaker in the chair is nodding off. Such is the interest that any government shows in what's going on in Cairns - the ALP "leaders" previously did the same kind of crapola to us. A real leader for Cairns would have demanded prime time to educate his fellow Parliamentarians on the (so-called) "plight" of crime in Cairns. But here we have the ineffectual King sucking hind tit again. It's clear he didn't even pen this speech.
And even this little two minute speech was the usual King bullshit. Titled "Cairns, Homelessness" it says nothing about crime in Cairns but instead ironically documents the year of inaction by the LNP government to tackle these problems. Yes, we did have the mostly-PR QPS gauntlet "Operation Escalate" which was used to run the homeless out of the CBD, as well as rotate southern officers in and out of our holiday spot fully paid. But crime is running at a fair clip in the suburbs, and there is obviously nothing being done to address it. This speech is a chronicle of another State government failure in Cairns, where the number of rough sleepers is double those Brisbane, per capita!
In fact the failures to Cairns from King and Michael "Backhoe" Trout are now being exhibited for all to see. Talk at a CBD newsagent yesterday was the obvious discontinuation of grass mowing on the Cook Highway by Main Roads. Some areas like the intersection in Smithfield with the Cook Highway haven't been mowed in a year! And this department, run by the now sacked Michael Catalbiano, will have paid him over $700K for less than a year as department chief!
And then today's (yawn!) headline - another Minister in the Campbell "Joh Bjelke" Newman government has run screaming into the night as more improper conduct comes to light. Ros Bates has exhibited breathtaking incompetence for almost a year, is now revealed to have installed an incompetent mate to the Screen Queensland board - a body that has systematically worked against Cairns when filmmakers want to use our region for lucrative production activities. She shoved a Gold Coast bank teller into the position as a reward, with the result that any alternative business activity in Cairns is further eroded.
• Why hasn't a permanent solution to Cairns crime problem been implemented?
• Why hasn't any action been taken on the liquor bans in Cape York?
• Why hasn't any funding been arranged for the needed detox and rehab services?
• What's happened to the "boot camps" - and why was a $2M contract given to a company with no facility?
• How long is the LNP-appointed Hospital Board going to keep staff "swinging in the wind" about their jobs?
• Why didn't King even fix the smoking problem outside the Base Hospital?
• When does some kind of crocodile management strategy get off the ground?
• Who do we need to talk to about our unmown State Highways?
With the LNP Queensland Government now in what looks to be an accelerating meltdown, Gavin King's speech to an empty Parliament chamber sadly typifies the dire situation facing Far North Queensland.