|STOP THIS PROJECT OR WE KILL THE DOG|
In one, the machinations of several companies including one owned by the PLA are outlined, with nothing out of place but the story filled with innuendo. And it was in the late 1990's, a time when the Chinese Government by necessity was assuming investor positions in key Hong Kong companies prior to the 1997 hardback to Beijing. If this transaction seems dishevelled, it probably was. As were thousands of similar transactions in Hong Kong at the time.
What the unregistered lobbyists are showing is their profound ignorance about how things work in Hong Kong and Mainland China. SURPRISE! They don't work like here. So what?
Will there be PLA and Zhongnanhai money in Aquis? Undoubtably yes. So what?
ArchieButterfly makes it clear what their views are in a mostly hidden commentary. "The proposed development is a national disgrace in the making, harbinging (sic) the potential ruination of parts of the reef. . . It cannot be allowed. . .all patriotic Australians who care about our country. . . stop these vandals from ruining the Know and our Barrier Reef"
We've also been sent numerous copies of a story that screams a headline "Tony Fung branded untruthful and evasive by Hong Kong Court", with an inference that a fine of $105M was paid. The reality in the story seems to be a typical business dispute, with the $105M figure actually in Hong Kong dollars. The amount in Australian currency wouldn't be nearly as shocking.
The fact of ArchieButterfly is that THEY'VE GOT NOTHING. Business disputes and innuendo. What a pathetic effort, Mr. Archie.
Readers of HBW are aware of our generally pragmatic positions. Anyone familiar with the Chinese casino situation in the region knows it was only a matter of time before Cairns showed up on someone's radar.
We don't believe it can be stopped, it was inevitable the day Paul Keating made Australia part of Asia. The Aquis project is poised to create huge impacts on Cairns across virtually every aspect of life. Health, education, environment, transport, existing business operations to name just a few.
We're going to be concentrating on realistic and required infrastructure upgrades to the city as a result of the project impacts. This includes our previously outlined Aquis - CNS Airport - City Light Rail project, which we have been advised has been discussed at very high ministerial levels in Queensland already.
Ensuring balance in this project is a worthwhile public activity. Writing stories that are only filled with innuendo is wasted effort. HBW has been doing the hard work, chasing colleagues of the Fung family, and stories written in the Chinese press. Not near has easy as reading a handful of Fung-family press clippings. We choose the former, positive method forward.