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Since the Joh Bjelke-Newman government were first elected, John MacKenzie and Michael Trout have been pushing for the Cairns Crocodile Farm and the owner, Keith Cook to get the contract. Cook has been spruiked relentlessly on the MacKenzie show and cueball has been claiming credit for snagging "the best croc hunter in Australia" to get rid of this plague. It was MacKenzie who pressured Trouty to have Cook appointed to the Cairns Crocodile Clemency Board. MacKenzie has also been seen lunching with his boy Cook. So relentless has been the promotion of Cook as the "Cairns choice" for this job, 4CA has been questioned by ACMA as to whether this promotion was in fact paid-for advertising.
And Cook was so convinced the gig was in the bag he started advertising for a new employee to assist in the slaughter of these crocs.
MacKenzie and Trout are both said to be despondent over the selection of an aboriginal to do this work, with threats to "take it up with the Premier" being heard by 4CA staff.
So was it really a coincidence that at almost the same moment, Billy Gordon has been announced as the preselected ALP candidate for the Seat of Cook? The announcement made by Mulgrave MP Curtis Pitt looked to be the opening shot against the FNQ LNP puppet show that has stood by as their leader Campbell Newman has called all the shots in FNQ. But a preselection so early can only be construed as pandering in these circumstances.
So bad is the malaise in the local MP's that Gavin King, the Member for Mackenzie, was seen 4AM'ish in the Reef Casino, escorting a woman described as "having her tits out". An unlikely description of his current partner, to be sure. The member was said to be "under the weather", and the two retired to an obscure corner of the establishment. Likely doing research on casino operational matters for the Aquis Resort at Fung Beach.
The Dawul Wuru Indigenous Corporation, who's been awarded the "commercial-in-confidence" contract for croc removal, looks to have previously only one minor land surveillance contract with the federal government. They also conducted an aboriginal "fashion show" early in August. How either of these things qualify them for the croc removal contract is unclear.
We would suggest however that next year's fashion show will likely feature a lot more crocodile skin clothing and footwear.