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4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News
4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News Led by John "Cueball" Mackenzie

05 May 2013

CAIRNS TAXI DRIVER CONTINUES CLASS WARFARE AGAINST REGISTERED NURSES & HIGHER EDUCATION

One of the regular hillbilly callers to the Cueball show is a taxi driver named "Bashir".  With his thick outback accent, he regularly bitches about his job as taxi driver in Cairns.  His big issue, extension of Lake Street to the Airport Drive, has clearly been put into the same "never mind" pile as the previous council, with Bob "Sleepy" Manning giving the same tapdance of excuses he's giving on everything.  

Bashir then discussed his conversation with a nurse from Cairns Base hospital.  He was first annoyed that this nurse, from the UK, had been given a five year working visa - apparently unaware that the Australian health care system would collapse without foreign doctors and nurses.

He then went on a rant about the "absurd wages" being paid this nurse - $33 an hour!  With the understanding that in fact some of the nurses even made MORE than that!  John MacKenzie encouraged Bashir in his rant, instead of calling it for bullshit and moving on.

Nursing is a skilled profession.  $33 an hour is only midrange for this profession around the world.  And as far as we're concerned, worth every penny.

However this ignorance underlies the core of Australia's education and employment system.  Many of our youth are encouraged to END their education at grade 12, and in fact many are encouraged to leave school at 14.  Huge numbers of our young people are then encouraged to take unskilled or semi-skilled jobs in the mines with payrates for our miners the highest in the world.  What kind of absurdity is this?  If we want our kids to work as miners, why are we giving them any secondary education at all?

Rewarding unskilled workers with the same wages as the skilled and educated is the country's road to third world living.  As the rest of the world pushes to lift the educational standards higher, we're settling for less so we can provide labor for mines?

Contrast this with the statements of the US president -

"A world-class education is the single most important factor in determining not just whether our kids can compete for the best jobs but whether America can out-compete countries around the world. America's business leaders understand that when it comes to education, we need to up our game. That's why we’re working together to put an outstanding education within reach for every child"

Sadly, the views of people like Bashir are growing increasingly dominant in Australian society.  Education is denigrated even at the government level, when apparently the need to fill unskilled jobs with Australian labour is seen as more important than our ability to compete in an increasingly university-educated world.  The ALP's recent cuts to the tertiary school budgets has put Australia on a slippery slope to world educational mediocrity.

The Gonski reforms being pushed as "education reform" stand in stark contrast to our neighbours - with China alone producing over six million college graduates a year at the same time they've overhauled their primary school education.  While here we've begun a program of denigrating higher education and then systematically stripping the system of resources.  Leaving us with no choice but to import college graduates to do jobs like nursing.    

Under Gonski fortunately, our primary school children will now be able to say "would you like fries with that" in Mandarin and Hindi.  


67 comments:

Anonymous said...

If Bashir knew how much Cueball has been getting paid over the last couple of decades, he'd declare a fatwa on him. Cueball was a taxi driver before he got into radio.

Anonymous said...

I don't listen to any Cairns radio station except the ABC, preferring to listen to more interesting radio online, But I would be interested to see if any mention is made of the huge turnouts at the Mayday marches on his 'show'. The irony is of course Newman has now enabled the labour movement not just one but two occasions to voice their disgust at the LNP government by moving the public holiday to later in the year.

TAS said...

I guess another point of contention with Bashir might be that the nurse was female, and earning more than (say) a taxi driver would be an affront to his misogynistic outdated world view. He likely wouldn't have an issue with a male, would probably assume him to be a doctor. And I don't suppose he cared to ask the skill level of this particular UK nurse. Even a basic RN qualification is a full-time four-year university degree. Then there are those in ED or ICU with post-graduate qualifications in their particular fields, others with midwifery, child care, mental health. Now, the line between doctors and nurses is being further blurred with some nurses being appointed as clinical nurse-practitioners where they might run, for example, outback clinics without the backup of a doctor.
Bashir is one of these opinionated empty vessels which Mckenzie's program depends upon. And like Mckenzie, they are bigoted and ignorant souls. I'm not sure that even discussing Mckenzie and his little band of followers is a good thing, it just gives oxygen to his cult of ignorance. Better it should slip further and further into irrelevance and die its slow death.

Anonymous said...

Twaddle. The only kids leaving school at 14 are those going to Boot Camp.

KitchenSlut said...

$33 per hour = $68K per annum for a 40 hour week. If only that nurse was a plumber she'd be worth every fucken cent eh!



"Full-time earnings in Australia averaged A$69,992 a year in the first quarter of 2012. (Seasonally adjusted wages – Bureau of Statistics.)

If overtime and bonuses are included, average Australian earnings were A$73,086 per annum.

The average full-time male salary (excluding overtime) in Australia is A$74,823 per annum

The average full-time female salary in Australia (excluding overtime) is A$61,760 per annum."

Anonymous said...

Cueball has undoubtedly increased his income in the past few years playing a public minder role for the LNP gutless sooky boys. He's probably raking in the dough with all the sooks in tow.

Johnno Nixon said...

If the host of the 4CA LNP Radio Show disagreed with his 5 regulars there would be no show. He is a one eyed bias dick.

JETHRO said...

It suits the right wing forces to have the working classes fighting over the crumbs. Ive been appalled at the belligerence and sheer amount of energy the working class redneck element are directing at the asylum seekers. They get all fired up with hate and go on and on and on, ad nauseum, ad infinitum. There isnt any doubt that Abbott and his crowd are deliberately firing this up urging the rednecks on. Meanwhile those people who are really robbing society blind, the CEOs and the corporations like banks are raking in the billions of profits and millions in CEO salaries. Yet the redneck just ignores this and takes out all his frustrations on a boatload of Sri Lankan refugees who face certain death if they return or a family of Afghanis who want their daughters to have opportunities in life.

Second Anonymous said...

Did I hear correctly last week? Did Cueball, when talking to a caller (Bill?), say something along the lines of having high hopes now that 'our' party is in power, but feeling let down by their performance.

Did anyone else hear that?

Anonymous said...

Johnno Nixon I believe it is a much different situation than his being a "one eyed bias dick". I'm also inclined to believe the viewpoint offerred by Anonymous 00.24 and others on this blog that Mackenzie is a paid propagandist, paid to promote a certain political agenda and to crush open community debate.

Anonymous said...

Hey Tas -if HBW didn't exist we would know NOTHING about Cairns happenings. The people who are causing all the problems for the LNP are those dastardly Bureaucrats according to today's 4CA guest -our State Govt is
unable to take responsibility for their actions typical LNP crap.

Anonymous said...

Gavin still hasn't been back on, while Macca continues to criticise his failed boot house.Pearl has been told to pull her head in by Newman himself and most of the other regulars just regurgitate the same old crap day in day out...

Anonymous said...

Why are foreign nurses getting 5 year work visas when 90% of new graduate nurses in Queensland are
unemployed.

http://anf.org.au/campaign/entry/stop-passing-the-buck

https://www.facebook.com/GiveGradNursesAChance

mickwow said...

I think i had the shit luck of getting this BASHIR on a cab ride home from the airport recently.When i jumped in the car he would not have known wether iived here or was a visitor.This did not bother him as by the time we had reached the aiport connection road,he had already bagged the new traffic and parking at the airport and CAIRNS in general,by the time we had reached the city he had got himself in a bit of a rage because we were not allowed to cull crocs and bats and that teenagers in Cairns were running wild......i think he might have wanted to cull them to.Pity the poor tourists that do happen to get into this drongo's cab.

Anonymous said...

What will be the consequences of the LNP blaming the "bureaucrats" for everything?? It seems to me to be part of a strategy to fool the public once again, so that it takes the focus away from the LNPs own incompetence, but also paves the way for more privatisation and outsourcing so that "bureaucrats", (the cause of all the problems) can be gotten rid of.

Bob R. said...

See in todays Cairns Post where the cuts to staff are having a deleterious impact on staff workloads and morale. It will only get much worse as the population increases and ages over the next several years. I dont believe we have seen the real impact yet.

Anonymous said...

Bob R

The compost finally coughed up some information on the boot house and the disfunction of the provider and questions about the tender process. You said we haven't seen the last of it. Crystal Ball Bob.

ruby said...

I agree Bob R. There could be a real possibility of our hospitals in serious melt down in a few years time. I see where a lot of graduate nurses are not being employed, so won't be able to replace the retiring nurses. Hold on to your hats everyone, it's going to get far worse.

Anonymous said...

"I see where a lot of graduate nurses are not being employed, so won't be able to replace the retiring nurses".

No problem, just get more better qualified nurses from the U.K.
on 457 Visas.
There is a reason QLD health is not hiring from JCU Cairns!

Vi L. Schumm said...

The LNP (and Gavin King) have finally found that there is a reason to employ public servants. They make great scapegoats! King defended the Boot Camp selection on the basis of bureaucratic advice, ignoring the fact that he was putting pressure on them, before the recommendation was made, to favour a particular tender.

They were quick to blame the previous government for its decisions but eager to forget the Westminster system of Ministerial responsibility now they are in power.

They should be careful about sacking too many public servants. There will be no-one to do the work and no-one left to blame!!

As for the selected and selectively ignorant callers on 4CA, they should ask themselves a few questions. Who issues their licences? Who manages the medical system? Who collects the taxes that pay for our police, army, hospitals, roads etc.
Who organises the elections that are essential for our democracy?

No bureaucrats mean no functioning government and no government means anarchy. So, do they really want anarchy?

And they should also remember that public servants make recommendations, but Ministers make decisions. But perhaps logic and honesty are a bit too much to expect.

Anonymous said...

Well, the man himself will take calls on 4 CA tomorrow, so you can air your concerns then. Although I don't like your chances, unless your name is Raj, Bob the Screw, the other Bob, Martin T., Pearl or Shorty something. They'll take up most of the time talking the same old shite as the last time they were on. If you are someone who wants to praise Gavin, Trouty or the LNP in general you might be allowed on as well.No one else needs to bother. If you slip through somehow, Macca will hang up on you if you dare to ask any critical questions. Sorry Bill from Brinsmead, you're not welcome either . You're just too rude and Gavin doesn't like you any more. He loved you when you were giving it to Anna and Val, but things have changed....

Anonymous said...

ViL. Schumm

The boot business highlights the cunning the lnp have. The paper boy tries to set up a dodgy mate, someone picks an unqualified provider, trout says he didn't know it was going to Kuranda, the paperboy says it was the public servants. The question that needs answering is: who selected the 4 shortlisted companies and who selected Not Safe Ways? Someone has to be held accountable for selecting Team Wild (there is no yacht) to be rated in the best 4 applications and someone has to be held accountable for giving a 2 million dollar contract to a service provider with no experience, staff or facility. Is it the paper boy, is it the panel, is it department staff or is it the attorney general. Its highly unlikely it is the paper boy, which leaves the panel members, the staff of the department or the ag.

jethro said...

The gushing, salivating, slobbery flattery which mackenzie turns on when King, Trout, Kempton, Entsch and Manning is in the studio or on the line is gut curdling. I listened today to Mackenzie when Gavin King was speaking and it was as ruby wrote once, I could picture a Nanny dressed in nurses clobber with a small boy sitting on her knee, stroking his head and giving him hugs and telling him over and over what a good boy he is and how everyone thinks he is just wonderful and unable to do wrong. It isn't a talk back show, its some sort of love-in. Ive been wondering for some time now if Mackenzie isn't gay?

Anonymous said...

Well the culling of crocodiles has started. Some idiot has been encouraged by McKenzies rants and beheaded one of the resident crocs in the Inlet.

Since it is not some blackfella spearing turtles, there will not be the usual outrage and we're not likely to hear more about it, apart from some tut-tutting and head shaking.

That's 2 in less than a year, victims of McKenzie's hysteria.

What will be next ?

Rednecks machine gunning bats ?

Vigilantes bashing the itinerants ?


This place is going backwards so fast, it's not funny...

John said...

Make a good comedy skit around town Jethro. Someone done up in drag in a nurses uniform with politician Gavin King sitting on his knee.
You're spot on the money though. Its no longer a talkback show. Its a love in.

Anonymous said...

I'm not particularly interested in this sad little man's sexual preferences, but it is sure well known about his attitude towards women similar to the super parrot shock jock counterpart Allan Jones

Dean said...

I think you're a bit harsh on miners. THey get paid what they do because it's hard work in the middle of nowhere which nobody wants to do. You couldn't artificially reduce their pay (or nobody would do it), so you shouldn't complain about it.

You pay what you need to to get somebody to do the job. If people are willing to nurse for what they get paid, that's fine. Bashir and HBW shouldn't complain about it. If they don't like it, maybe Bashir could go to Uni for 4 years and become a nurse. Or HBW could get a trade qualification and go work on a mine if it's so wrong they get paid so much.

Complaining about somebody else's pay is one of the worst things you can do. Unemployment has been historically low, people can do whatever they want, just don't complain that you don't get paid enough.

Anonymous said...

Wonder where they put the croc heads?

Anonymous said...

"maybe Bashir could go to Uni for 4 years and become a nurse".

In Australia it is only 3 years.
However, it is a 4 year degree in India.

Anonymous said...

in the 4CA studio ?

ruby said...

On the same class warfare issue, interesting to hear Tony Abbott's defending his paid parental leave, that it is for a certain "calibre" of woman to keep her career. So Abbott wants high income women to maintain their income while out from the workforce, while he plans to make "severe cutbacks" to Centrelink payments, (but Joe Hockey isn't going to go into details of those cutbacks until after the election.) So, under an Abbott Government, if you are pregnant and unemployed, you will be left with no money after being on unemployment benefits for six months, but if you are a female "executive" on a salary of $250,000 per year, you will maintain that salary while staying at home. I can see why it appeals to LNP voters. It typically represents the "class warfare" they are enthusiastically conducting as they gain government. Take from the poor, the disadvantaged, the powerless, and give it all to the wealthy and privileged.

Liz said...

ruby, I think that should be $150,000 a year, not $250,000 however I can see that Abbott wouldn't hesitate in raising the ceiling if he was elected. The neo-liberals assault on women is particularly heinous. Newman's cuts have resulted in the loss of jobs mostly filled by women in nursing, administration and aged care. Abbott has promised to continue with the cuts to services which will again mean more women out of work. Overall we will be looking at tens of thousands of secure jobs lost to women and a restricted source of future employment for women and girls. Added to this Abbotts intentions of cutting welfare, details of which we wont know, but we do know he intends to axe unemployment benefits after six months. You are right in that this will have a devastating impact on the young, vulnerable single pregnant girl. It wouldn't surprise me if Abbott doesn't come up with the idea of the Victorian "Work House".

Anonymous said...

I missed today's love fest with King. The purring and stroking made me physically ill and I chucked the radio in the toilet...

Anonymous said...

heard the paper boy today, what a fucken useless waste of oxygen. A caller asked what he can do reguarding the fuel rip off and he basicly said what fuel rip off and said he's to fucken lazy to do anything and he is to busy copying and pasteing on his facebook page.

Dean said...

Anonymous, it's a 3 year course if you pass everything.

From the sounds of it, I think Bashir will take at least 4 years.

Anonymous said...

Mckenzie should be happy; another croc dispatched by hillbilly hunters for their trophy wall. I wonder what a world of humankind - with only the coexistence of selected domestic animals would be like. Unbearable I should think, even if it could exist.

Anonymous said...

"The neo-liberals assault on women is particularly heinous. Newman's cuts have resulted in the loss of jobs mostly filled by women in nursing, administration"

What Bullshit? There is still lots more fat that can be cut from the administration at CBH. Why pay these women to sit around micromanaging fuckall and getting paid well over $100000 per year to just keep a seat warm. Free up the money for direct patient care, after all the patient should be the primary concern of the health system. Hint: take a look at the remaining fat cats in HR!

Anonymous said...

Loved it when MacLeod street gets mentioned and Cueball fires up. One of the few projects by the ex-mayor that is still in place and Cueball can't get changed. Very strange that Cueball is so passionate about changing it back to 4 lanes.

Anonymous said...

ROFL Anonymous.16.33

Add "licking" to that little description of Mackenzie's talk back lovefest.

the purring, the stroking, the licking on his LNP lovefest radio show - yes it is nauseating.






Anonymous said...

McKenzie's interest in McLeod St. and Grafton St. lane issues are most likely connected to sponsors who have businesses there. Heard Bob Norman today opposing bike paths saying that there will be a 4 lane highway through Spence St. Bob, you have done enough damage with your campaign against the CEP, why don't you just stick to sacking health workers and stay out of council matters. No one elected you.

Anonymous said...

From Gavin Kings Facebook re decapitated crocodile:

"Gavin King Mako Mick - It was an appalling act and I'm disgusted anyone could do such a thing to any creature. This afternoon I spoke to Environment Minister Andrew Powell about this incident and we have launched an investigation to find the cretin who did it. Once caught they must be shown the full force of the law."

So we can deduce that Gavin has profiled to offender who suffers from the medical condition cretinism:

cre•tin•ism:
noun.
A congenital condition caused by a deficiency of thyroid hormone during prenatal development and characterized in childhood by dwarfed stature, mental retardation, dystrophy of the bones, and a low basal metabolism. Also called congenital myxedema.

Thanks for the tip Dr King - should be easy for police and rangers to find him now.

Anonymous said...

Back to the original story -why is this badly behaved taxi driver still employed in the Tourist Industry? Bad mouthing the city is an appalling way to greet tourists.

Anonymous said...

ran into Shanghai in Townsville last weekend his at police academy he wants to be constable care in charge of chinese trafficking and getting our tractors back from port douglas shire p s if has promblems he knows someone in yorkeys he funny man

Anonymous said...

Even more interesting anon 14:53 will be Lord McKenzie's reaction to paperboy King calling one of his devout 'followers' a cretin

Anonymous said...

Bashir is not a badly behaved taxi driver by telling the truth about what a disaster the Cairns area is.

The tourist really appreciate getting the inside story from a good honest local like Bashir.

Anonymous said...

anon 6.36 is obviously a redneck hillbilly so your opinion that bashir is a good honest local carries no weight. And you probably tune into macca every day for a dose of truth about what a horrible place it is that we live in!?! Any thinking tourist who gets into this cretins cab will soon work out they have a whinging nut job driving them around.

Anonymous said...

Thought some of you would be happy to hear that the good old Cairns Tropic Jazz Club has now found a new home -from what I hear last night was a terrific success at the Safari Bar. Love a bit of good news!

Anonymous said...

I could think of nothing more off-putting than hopping into a cab at CNS airport and hearing complaints about my chosen destination when on holidays. These people, and 4CA shock jock is just as bad, drive the tourists out. Townsville cabbies talk the place UP not DOWN!!

Anonymous said...

WTF Shanghai you can't fool us Hillbillys your Anon 17:58.

Bob R. said...

Shanghai is sorely missed on HBW.

Anonymous said...

Today Ken the cabby re-affirmed to the world that you can train an ape to drive a cab. The whining little bitch starts complaining what a waste of money building a cycle-way to Woree from town. This complete and utter brain-dead fuckwit ( a pre-requisite to being on the Cueball show) said that he drives around alot in Cairns & there would no more than 5 cyclists a day riding into town from the south. I nearly pissed myself laughing.
Well Ken, I hope you are reading this, if there are more cyclists riding on bike-paths then there would be less cars on the road. Do you want more cars on the road? I'm guessing you don't.

shangai said...

sorry to hear james strong passed away but it made think back when he had a pow wow with engineering and maintaince staff one day and he decided that swearing was de rigour I took offence and yelled out you don't have to swear ! a bit like john gorton turning up in a ruffled safari suit in nui dat we expected better don't bullshit the bullshitters

Anonymous said...

WTF Shanghai, hang on that's not the real Shanghai as you haven't spelt your name right, your a fucken imposter but who gives a shit, as you said something about James stong shitting like a bull and he swore at you,and you built a fence.

Anonymous said...

Thank god for honest taxi drivers like Bashir. Who the fuck is James Strong? and how is it relevant?

Anonymous said...

Bob Norman, Chairman of the hospital board opposing bike paths? Well, another tragedy today, another young life lost, one of our young triathletes smashed off her bike and killed by an (alleged) drunk (or drugged) P-plater on the Captain Cook Highway this morning. Still, can see Bob Normans point; he doesn't ride a bike.

Anonymous said...

And the selfish hillbillies still bitch and moan about building bike lanes in this town. Another life lost....

shanghai said...

omg what is it about Shanghai that's turns this site to a comical farce ? I had no imput in the above articles but thanks bob for your support if my memory is right james strong was ceo to companies like Qantas, woollies and Australian airlines barshi that's a good idea to link lake and airport drive and that's why it wont happen it makes sense but do me a favour shut the fuck up and drive

Bikes should be banned said...

Bike should be banned oh 80-100 kph highways.
Common sense really.
A white line is not enough protection.
They pay no registration anyway.
You take your chances ...

Bob R. said...

Ive been trying to picture John Gorton in a "ruffled safari suit in nui dat" !!!??

Anonymous said...

off track but some fuckwit on wan kings fakebook named andrew williams has suggested compulsory sterilisation of all citizens with a chip that can be deactivated once proven fit for breeding, this is LNP talent at its best , what a fuckwit loser he should be run out of town

Anonymous said...

There are lots of fuckwits with fascist tendencies posting on King's FB. The true face of the youngLiberals.

Anonymous said...

You are in the Far North. What more would you expect from these born and bred hillbillies. King's ego must feed off them.

Anonymous said...

Tenni has been quiet lately. Maybe he has had a turn for the worse?

Anonymous said...

I think I had Ken drive me home from the airport the other night. His voice and persona gave me flash backs to the 4CA radio show. I pretended to be an illegal immigrant from the Middle East and he soon shut his big fat stupid mouth as I fumbled nervously in my bag for my......

Anonymous said...

I cannot access Mr King's FB site? How come?

Anonymous said...

Anon 22.36, i believe you have been banned! So what horrid things have you said to poor old Gav?

Anonymous said...

I see andrew williams and his sterilisation comments have been deleted from kings facebook geez their on fire this lnp