One Keith Cook.
MacKenzie is afraid that the communist pinko greenies in Brisbane don't want the same crocodile solution that he does. At the head of this CPG group is the half-American Bindi Irwin, her American mother, and Bob Irwin. Bob was quite the Cueball buddy when all he wanted to protect were turtles. But intellectual consistency requires Bob Irwin and his Cairns valet Colin "Dugagman" to oppose the killing of crocodiles, too. Unburdened with the concept of intellect, Cairns' radio Godfather MacKenzie wants the crocs whacked. But he can't say so. Enter Keith Cook.
Keith Cook was willing to play along with the "catch 'em and move 'em" strategy. As long as the "moving 'em" was into his Gordonvale pen, and then out to his Woree butchery. He can keep a secret, too - he's not catching these things for a zoo.
MacKenzie shrilly demanded a sit-down - and then Keith Cook was appointed to this "12 person advisory council" by Minister for Environmental Destruction, Andrew Powell.
Then Wednesday our Premier managed to call in for a chat with MacKenzie (who warned callers that they wouldn't be posing any questions directly to the Premier, he was far to busy to speak with US). And in fact Junelle managed to deflect an aggressive call about electricity pricing until after the Premier had rung off - GOOD JOB, JUNELLLE! Take a fois gras out of petty cash.
But our level-headed Premier advised that Powell and Cook ('our local expert') have already had a meeting, and after a pro-forma meeting of the Cairns Croc group on the 27th, the Minister would be calling for tenders "for clearing up the Barron River and then keeping it clear". Nothing about the Northern Beaches, nothing for Port Douglas. MacKenzie ignored the fact that Newman CONFINED THIS STUNT to the Barron River!
And after meeting with Keith Cook twice, how fair will the tender process be for anyone else?
Apparently Cook has already been given the "wink wink" - let the slaughter begin!
|PUBLISHED IN THE CAIRNS POST 12 JUNE 2013|