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26 February 2013

STRATEGY FOR CAIRNS PROGRESSIVES IN LIKELY LNP FEDERAL WIN #1 TASK FOR THE POLITICALLY ACTIVE

Liberal Party and Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott blew through Cairns yesterday morning in a hastily-arranged visit to the Leichhardt electorate, along with a visit later in the day to the Townsville electorate of Herbert, barely held by the LNP's Ewan Jones.

Insiders have confirmed that internal Coalition polling show the Queensland electorate are likely to take the stick to the Federal party in the September elections for the growing dislike of the Campbell "Joh Bjelke" Newman government this past year.  And two of the teetering seats are Leichhardt and Herbert.  Hence the early visits, seen more as "strategy sessions".

The disquiet is clearly evident in Cairns, with Abbott being greeted by protesters despite attempts to keep the meeting under wraps.  Member for Bloggers Warren Entsch scowled for virtually the entire event as his carefully scripted plans unraveled from the moment Abbott arrived.  Entsch already has a blue on for the bloggers who deign to present an alternative reality to his.  Entsch also reportedly unsuccessfully attempted to physically block ETU leader Stuart Traill from the "community breakfast" despite Traill being armed with an "official" invitation.

Interestingly, also considered not part of this "community breakfast" were virtually all of the local LNP state members and activists.  Pictures of Tony Abbott with Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King, Michael "Where's the Backhoe" Trout, and others from this mob are seen as detrimental to the LNP holding the Leichhardt seat.

Six months to the election and Entsch is already showing pressure cracks.  And with more huge cost-of-living attacks on the voters in Cairns along with Entsch's failures on the home insurance front, this member could be forcibly retired by the Cairns electorate in September.  Entsch's credibility problems with his fellow MP's are also being noted as his "inability to deliver" for the citizens of Cairns.  

ACCEPT THE OBVIOUS AND PLAN FOR IT

The progressive community in Cairns needs to face facts.  Julia Gillard and her ludicrous attempt at government are finished.  End of story.  Kevin Rudd being returned to the leadership won't change the obvious - the LNP will be fully in charge come September 15.  Get over it.

And before we start getting the letters about Abbott being a woman-hater, war monger, religious zealot, etc., we remind everyone about how Parliamentary government works.  He's the leader, not a dictator.  He has to toe the line within his own party to succeed, and Tony Abbott is a lie-toer like no one's business.  The country clearly needs to change course. 

We also hear that Cueball MacKenzie made numerous attempts to get Abbott into the studio, attempts that were all rejected by the Abbott handlers.  Even a call made by former Mayor Byrne was knocked back.  MacKenzie was told flat that his continual state LNP lovefest wasn't compatible with an Abbott visit.  In a brief phone "consolation" interview, MacKenzie attempted to strong-arm Abbott into his sick and twisted world view about the alcohol management laws in the Cape.  Abbott smacked him down sharply - pointing to his longstanding personal relationships with many in the Cape (unlike Cueball) and his appreciation of the complexity of alcohol and the aboriginal communities (unlike Cueball). Abbott wouldn't agree to "turning on the taps" as MacKenzie believes.  All in all, while Macca pouted all weekend he's lucky Abbott wasn't in the studio to take him apart like a cheap suit.

Abbott DID do an interview with Billy Bentley at SeaFM.  Macca is gutted like a tuna.

The question for Cairns progressives is simple:  what is in the best interest of Cairns in the next three years?  We have yet to hear much from ALP candidate Billy Gordon, but what we've heard seems positive.  Unlike the previous ALP member he can actually string sentences together so that's a plus.  Leichhardt is winnable for Labor.  People in Cairns want jobs, they want REAL economic growth, and they need infrastructure shortcomings addressed.  The Newman LNP has dudded Cairns, and many are seeing this as a get-square against Entsch.  However having a rump ALP member for Cairns may not bring much of a change, either.  It's a conundrum.  

With the Katter (bwaaaahahahahahaha) Party yet to name a candidate for Leichhardt, we're watching and listening closely to what's going on behind the scenes. It's going to be quite the show. 



37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tony's new strategy is certainly working (stay away from the public, don't speak to strangers etc)see the latest polls. It looks like LNP Fed Govt is inevitable and if our local Labor candidate gets up by defeating the madly faltering Entsch, we will be blessed with an Opposition candidate who will be virtually useless regardless of how brilliant he is. We will be sidelined by both the Feds and the State Govt. Doesn't look good for our local economy does it?

sir cus said...

HBW MAKES SOME GOOD POINTS AS USUAL, NSW IS THE ALP'S DOWNFALL,A CASE OF CLOSE TO 30 YEARS OF LABOR STATE GOVTS.IN NSW. A COUPLE OF SEATS IN TASSIE, STATUS QUO EVERY WHERE ELSE, TAKE NSW OUT OF THE EQUASION AND ITS A DIFFERENT STORY,TOO EARLY TO CONCEDE YET. BILLY GORDON CAN WIN LEICHHARDT.

Anonymous said...

The battle for the federal election will be in Sydney...

TOTAL POPULATION

The estimated resident population of Australia at 30 June 2011 was 22.3 million people. Since June 2001, the Australian population increased by 2.91 million people or 15%.

In 2011, just under one-third (32%) of Australia's population resided in New South Wales, down slightly from 34% in 2001.

All states and territories had population growth between 2001 and 2011. Queensland recorded the largest growth (845,200 people), while Western Australia recorded the fastest growth (24%). The Northern Territory had the smallest growth, increasing by 33,600 people, while Tasmania and South Australia had the slowest growth (both 8.4%).

In 2011, just over one-fifth of Australia's population lived within Greater Sydney while just under one-fifth lived in Greater Melbourne. Greater Melbourne had the largest population growth of any capital city in the ten years to 2011, gaining 647,200 people. Greater Perth grew by 26%, which was the fastest growth of all capital cities in Australia. Greater Hobart experienced both the smallest (18,000 people) and slowest (9.1%) growth.

Given the damaged done to Cairns and fnq by the LNP and the conservative Mayor of course the locals dont want to see more hardship, there can be no greater understanding of what a federal LNP government will do, when you look at what has happened in Qld, Vic and NSW under the 3 LNP governments.

Billy Gordon can win the seat of Leichardt and he should.

Anonymous said...

OMG talk about a bunch of hillbillies. Has anyone seen the report in Crikey on the Billy Bentley SeaFM interview questions asked of Tony Abbott during his lightning trip to Cairns? How embarrassing. Did Tony Abbott (who seems to have had a huge makeover -no fluoro vest or hardhat these days it's like he's trying to fool us in to thinking he has changed) go on the ABC radio for an interview??

Anonymous said...

Whoever wins Leichhardt won't be able to do much because Abbott is going to repeat Newman's economic austerity. So its NADA for us if Abbott wins.

JETHRO said...

Agreed, Billy Gordon should be the next Member for Leichhardt. However, its too early yet to write off the Gillard Government. Yes, the mainstream media machine have gone into overdrive with their bias against Labor. However, the election isn't until September and anything can happen yet.

JETHRO said...

Agreed, Billy Gordon should be the next Member for Leichhardt. However, its too early yet to write off the Gillard Government. Yes, the mainstream media machine have gone into overdrive with their bias against Labor. However, the election isn't until September and anything can happen yet.

mickwow said...

Congratulations to Stuart Traill for fronting up yesterday and saying his piece! Keep it up so these shitheads know there is someone breathing down their necks.

Anonymous said...

Maybe a boat load of dirty, filthy refugees will arrive, and Julia will have them publicly tortured and put to death.

It worked for John Howard.

Who is this Billy someone? Related to Hill Billy perhaps?

Anonymous said...

Billy Gordon get out among the people,
daylights burning

Anonymous said...

HBW is delirious if he thinks labor has any chance in Cairns. Talking with Ergon employee's on friday and not one of these "voted labor all their lives" blokes will vote for Gillard of Rudd. I consider myself a swinging voter and the best thing labor supporters could do is hand the current federal labor a hiding and hope they can rebuild with some canditades with integrity and honesty. Sadly lacking in current Labor

Bob R. said...

Anonymous 17.54, what a lot of shit you've written. Reckon Campbell Newman is a pillar of "integrity and honesty" hey? Get your hand off your dick, will you.

Anonymous said...

If progressives voted in a progressive independent, and they managed to hold the balance of power, the area would have a deluge of federal political action. Forget about the alp and lnp and actually be progressive.

Yes lnp is worse than the alp, but not by much.

ruby said...

Really Anonymous 17.54, and you believe Campbell Newman has integrity and honesty hey? Are you on the piss?

Anonymous said...

Well while many disagree with Newman politically he isnt facing a multimillion dollar fraud charge! or 150!!! Gillard and co integrity is very much in question, get real people, get used to the fact the Libs will be in Federal Govt and be prepared for an election well before 14 Sept, get to bet 360 and place 100 on it!!

Bazza said...

The newsltd story tellers are certainly in full speed ahead with their half truths and propaganda.
Will be interesting to see the votes when the rip off libs put up their policies, come on andrew robb tell us what you have instead of hiding behind this fool abbott.

ruby said...

Just who is facing a multi-million dollar fraud charge???? We know hundreds of millions of dollars have disappeared from Cairns in the past year. Has it disappeared into someone's pocket? Or has someone in Cairns invested in an offshore bank somewhere?

Seth at Port said...

Just read where Murdoch apparently doesn't want the NBN to proceed, and he wants to abolish all free to air television. He has had a chat with Abbott who has already said when he is elected he is going to rip up the NBN. So this election is probably only going to be about making a few rich people like Murdoch even richer.

Anonymous said...

In amongst all this is the same fed out come for Australia as was the case in QLD.People in QLD didn't vote for LNP policies they just didn't vote Labour,LNP picked up the protest vote.Repeat it Aust wide and we will get Abbott off a protest vote.It is strange really that the ALP saved our economy while the worlds economies crumbled and yet people hate the ALP!

Anonymous said...

Rob R and Ruby. I never mentioned Campbell Newman or the LNP. My comment is solely based on federal labor and their last 5 years in power. I don't like Abbott any more than anyone else but I don't know how anyone could seriously consider voting for Gillard.

Anonymous said...

Anon 07.48 Please give me some reasons WHY you would not vote for Gillard. Don't mention LIES as that issued has been solved by the introduction of the Carbon (so called Tax) with no visible consequences. Let's talk about the G.F.C., Eductaion, Pensioner increases or is it more to the point that she is a woman. She has led this Govt in a hung parliament and had many bills passed. The economy is on the world's top list and unemployment is at a record low. All we get from Abbott is NO, NO, NO, and many media gaffes i.e. Shit Happens, and more importantly Look No Policies!

Anonymous said...

I still can't find anyone who will admit to voting for Newman.

Anonymous said...

07:48 the idiots that on here will vote for her.

Bob R. said...

The Gillard Government despite being a minority government have had over 150 pieces of legislation passed. Julia Gillard as Prime Minister, has had to exercise great diplomacy in leading a minority government, and yes, our economy is in great shape. Interesting to see where Anonymous 07.48 sees the Labor Government and its policies in terms of one person only. Perhaps Anonymous 07.48, given the enormity of value you place on one single person, perhaps you might be better off in a country such as North Korea?? Or is it that you find Tones much more sexy in his bdgie smugglers, so therefore he would make a better Prime Minister and his policies (whatever they are) would make your life much more comfortable?

JOHN MACKENZIE'S HILLBILLY WATCH said...

For the Anon asking "WHY you would not vote for Gillard", he's some of our view.

1. The industrial relations system has made Australia the most uncompetitive country in the world. This is destroying our tourism industry, our retailing, and our manufacturing. A proper system pays for knowledge. In every country in the world save Australia, miners are near the bottom of the payscale. In Australia, miners are the highest paid - for what are essentially semi-skilled jobs requiring no education. This needs to be fixed.

2. Gillard and the ALP have loaded us up with expensive social programs with no idea how to pay for them going forward. These need to be stripped out.

3. The partially disabled need to be found jobs or other productive activity, not paid to wallow in their own misery. Disabled and handicapped people can be found productive work, and its talent that goes to waste when you've implemented a system that pays them for NOT working, and now pays a carer for NOT working

4. Infrastructure investments need to be big, and they need to be cutting-edge. Peter Beattie said years ago "no country can move water 1000km" Horsehockey. The Romans were moving water long distances via aqueducts. If we're all going to crowd up living on the coastline, many of the rivers will need to be dammed for both flood protection and for hydro electric power (which costs less than 1 cent per kWh to generate). Water needs to be moved inland.

5. Deng Xiaoping always promoted the "four modernisations" - a guide that has helped the country expand and prosper. Many in China now look to the fifth modernisation - democracy. Australians need to update our political system, as have our British parents. Adding Aboriginal people to our Constitution isn't enough, we need to be a Republic and we need a Bill of Rights.

Gillard and the ALP have foundered because they're beholden to the unions, to special interests, and to 1930's retrograde thinking. Perhaps the LNP has the same problem. But these are some of the things that need to get done.

S.O.L said...

Hill Billy you are so full of shit, I read post after post where no matter what you encourage and spread hate speech toward anyone who is in opposition of the Federal Govt. For some reason you are now trying to present a "balanced" position, why?
Please post this relevant question.

Anonymous said...

How long have you been reading HBW S.O.L.?? Just a couple of weeks? HBW is all over the place with political opinions, basically just trying to "keep the bastards honest" regardless of which party they are.

JETHRO said...

Well I'm in no doubt that Abbott is the next Prime Minister. With the media going ballistic over what a great bloke he is, blah blah, the swinging voters, always susceptible to what the media says, will vote for Abbott in droves. So then they will all be doing their usual whinging and whining over having to pay exorbitant health insurance, and there will be NO bulk billing any more. Abbott has said repeatedly he is going to abolish Medicare. (Read Hansards). Oh Christ, they will be screaming. So, coupled with the privatisation of Queensland's hospitals by Newman we will have an Americanised health care system. The swingers will be moaning, and hand wringing, and chest thumping when people have to sell their homes for a serious injury or illness. But, the bottom line is they won't have a clue how it all happened and they certainly won't blame themselves. Never mind though swingers, the media will build you up a new "idol" who will take you all to the promised land by the next election.

ruby said...

It is all about abolishing the public health system. The results of this will be terrifying for many people. For those rich enough to be able to afford medical care, you need reminding that when it comes to contagion, no-one is immune, NOBODY. Your wealth and your money cannot confer immunity from polio, t.b., leprosy etc. Yeah, we had leprosy here in FNQ and we had three sanitariums in FNQ, last one closed in the 1960s. Know what?? No-one knows exactly how the disease is transmitted, even today.
Be real nice to see people walking around with noses and hands missing won't it?? How about gangrenous wounds?? Now that would be real nice to sniff while sitting there in a cafe having a latte wouldn't it? All I can say is, I am absolutely fucking terrified of facing life without a public health system.

Destiny Prophet said...

There's a lot of water to go under the bridge before election day.

rusted on said...

Disagree HBW, Australia has fairest pay system in the world, no we can not compete with China and India to name two for manufacturing jobs
what OECD country can.Big Cutting edge infarstructure, NBN fits that,should of been done in those 11 wasted years of Howard, better late than never, look at S Korea, Hyandi Kia Samsung LG to name some.IMF and Moodys has our economy close to best in world, low debt and AAA.Tell me what benefit in changing the Government. Cutting Edge, Infrastructure,Republic none of those fit Abbott LNP.Old Hat YES.

Anonymous said...

Still waiting for anon. 07.48 to give me some reasons not to vote for Gillard. HBW attempted to, however, has already been shot down by anon 00.55. Solid reasons, please...

Alison Alloway said...

A bit ummm, over the top there ruby, but point taken. t.b. and leprosy are no longer on the radar here, hence to most people they never existed. I doubt that Gavin King, Michael Trout or David Kempton have any knowledge of the local history of these scourges, but more importantly they wouldn't give a stuff. Without a free hospital scheme (which was introduced by the Ned Hanlon Labor Government in 1947 BTW), many people will suffer without medical treatment and hospitalisation. Health care will no longer be a right, but a privilege for those who can afford it. Campbell Newman and the LNP are taking us back to very dark and forgotten times. I fear the consequences as you do.

KitchenSlut said...

Well that drew some interesting comment! From my own typically idiosyncratic perspective:
1) The rollback on IR went too far in some areas and reduced flexibility specifically in areas most relevant to Cairns. However there is no data on a macro level which suggest the IR regime has made a significant difference so far! This is actually not a significant factor in comparative labour costs at this time?
2) I don't know and I don't see how anybody else has displayed information to indicate that they know either? I haven't seen anything to indicate that Australia has a comparative problem with 'entitlements' apart from handouts to middle class families?
3) See above!
4) I presume this is irony?
5)It's good that Deng promoted the four modernisations which sound similar to the four pillars of the Qld economy? Politics don't change much over time!
Conclusion: People who expect a blog to faithfully replicate their own political opinion need to grow up! Talking to yourself will convince nobody!

Vi L. Schumm said...

Have to join the disagreement HBW.

"1. The industrial relations system has made Australia the most uncompetitive country in the world. This is destroying our tourism industry, our retailing, and our manufacturing. A proper system pays for knowledge. In every country in the world save Australia, miners are near the bottom of the payscale. In Australia, miners are the highest paid - for what are essentially semi-skilled jobs requiring no education. This needs to be fixed."

So many things wrong here. The mining companies pay the wages needed to attract workers. That's the free market system at work. And many of these people are highly-skiled. Do we want US-style low wages and the inequality and poverty that goes with it. I think not.

And the uncompetitiveness of manufacturing and retailing has a lot to do with the high Australian dollar, a product of high profits, not high wages.

"2. Gillard and the ALP have loaded us up with expensive social programs with no idea how to pay for them going forward. These need to be stripped out."

A lot of this is middle class welfare brought in by John Howard. I agree that a lot could be stripped out but the conservatives and News Ltd have protested vigorously and chanted 'class warfare' whenever the Government has tried to make minor savings.

"3. The partially disabled need to be found jobs or other productive activity, not paid to wallow in their own misery. Disabled and handicapped people can be found productive work, and its talent that goes to waste when you've implemented a system that pays them for NOT working, and now pays a carer for NOT working."

Sure, if the jobs are there; at the moment they don't seem to be there and even handicapped people need to eat.

"4. Infrastructure investments need to be big, and they need to be cutting-edge. Peter Beattie said years ago "no country can move water 1000km" Horsehockey. The Romans were moving water long distances via aqueducts. If we're all going to crowd up living on the coastline, many of the rivers will need to be dammed for both flood protection and for hydro electric power (which costs less than 1 cent per kWh to generate). Water needs to be moved inland."

Wrong again. The Romans moved water long distances (but not 1000 km) by taking advantage of gravity. We could certainly build some more dams but hydroelectricity is not as cheap as you say. The operating costs are low but there neeeds to be large capital investments and suitable geography (as in Tasmania) to do this. There is a case that that infrastructure has been neglected, but usually more so under conservative governments, in the interests of low taxes. The Alice Springs - Darwin railway is an example of a Liberal National investment of taxpayer funds with very poor returns.

"5. Deng Xiaoping always promoted the "four modernisations" - a guide that has helped the country expand and prosper. Many in China now look to the fifth modernisation - democracy. Australians need to update our political system, as have our British parents. Adding Aboriginal people to our Constitution isn't enough, we need to be a Republic and we need a Bill of Rights."

Is Tony Australian Monarchist Society Abbott going to give us either of these? No, he opposes both.


"Gillard and the ALP have foundered because they're beholden to the unions, to special interests, and to 1930's retrograde thinking. Perhaps the LNP has the same problem. But these are some of the things that need to get done."

What exactly is 1930's retrograde thinking? Do you imagine that Abbott and Co are not also beholden to 'special interests' and can you identify ANY areas where Abbott and Co will improve things?

27/2/13 13:25

Miss Chief said...

It is rather foolish for people to write off the Gillard government. I am always disappointed when people believe the media propaganda. I am always disappointed when people believe in polls - a "random" sampling of the last remaining suckers who still have a landline. Whilst we're on polls, it should be noted that Howard, more often than not, trailed in the polls yet won how many elections? It amuses me that the media whip up this frenzy without an inkling of a policy from he opposition. Are people really so stupid that they would vote sight unseen? I don't think so. A week is a long time in politics let alone 6 months. I disagree with HBW on this one. I think you are way off in your assessment.

Anonymous said...

Gee, it's been over a week and still no-one can come up with good valid reasons not to vote for Gillard. I can think of many why not to vote LNP. How many gaffe's should he be allowed?