Newman's announcement of continued Wild Rivers protection in the Cape is being blamed on "that Yank bitch" Terri Irwin. This despite the fact that she's just following the blueprint laid out by "Aussie bloke" Steve Irwin, and his father Bob. Easier to pin the problem on a woman. 1700 largely aboriginal jobs down the gurgler, apparently. North Queensland shivved by Campbell Newman.
Then there's the issue of power north of the Daintree River. These hippie malcontents bought their cheap properties there knowing full well they were without power - THAT'S WHY THEY WERE CHEAP, dickheads! It's unfair to the rest of Queensland citizens for US to pay tens of millions to string power to these greenie half-wits. If they want electric infrastructure, they should find a mechanism for THEM to pay for it. Not us.
Then we got to hear from Barry "Citizens against Aboriginals" Neale, the self-appointed crime fighter in Cairns. The Queensland government removed large numbers of police from Cairns in their despicable extra-legal attack on "bikies". This has involved police being used as political pawns, and judges subjected to political attacks. Of course this has resulted in the requisite increase in Cairns CBD crime. It has again exposed the shortcomings of the Australian Constitution and the safeguards of most other Western democracies that have guarantees of basic rights - we don't. And strict separation of the judiciary from political gamesmanship.
Neale today has bitched about the suspended sentence given to Dr. Jayant Patel. Patel was arrested and tried in a political witch hunt by Peter Beattie and served over two years in jail before having the political trial cancelled - much the same as the bogus conviction of Pauline Hanson. But don't expect the Cairns hillbilly set like Neale to explore the REAL issues in the Patel case. Sure, Patel was a shitty surgeon. He was hired and allowed to practice because of a shitty public hospital system, which has deteriorated under the Newman government. He was allowed to make medical mistakes without retribution because of the Aussie culture to "not dob in your mates".
You can't charge doctors with murder for doing their job. If they're shitty doctors, there should be adequate systems in place to figure it out and get rid of them. THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICANS DID WITH PATEL. Charging doctors with crimes for mistakes drives away doctors from the medical system. There was never any evidence Patel acted with criminal intent.
There is plenty of blame to go around, that's for damn sure. If anyone should have been charged criminally, it was Peter Beattie - after all, he was the Premier manipulating the process. Just like Newman and Jarrod Bleijie are manipulating the process now. What ever happened to LOCAL police acting on behalf of their LOCAL community?
What Barry Neale and John MacKenzie and the rest of the hillbillies don't understand - the politicisation of our police service, our medical service, our development approvals and our transport systems - THIS is why so much of our government is broken. Too many idiot politicians manipulating the levers of professional organisations. There is a big difference between political management and political manipulation.
Three years later and Minister for Bloggers Warren Entsch hasn't done diddly-squat about the insurance overcharges. Cairns residents are routinely gouged for electricity, petrol, and internet; we get reamed on substandard mobile service, inadequate roads, and the main federal highway in one of the richest countries in the world that's barely a two-lane goat track for 1000 km. These are the kinds of issues we EXPECT elected government to address with legislation and regulation. Protection of the "little guy" from the predatory companies. But with the "predatory companies" now being the source of most election finance for all the politicians, they're letting everyman get screwed. With their real legislative responsibility abandoned to Big Business, the Campbell Newman's have to "gin up" new crisis that they can pretend to solve.
The truth of these matters is that we elect weak, stupid, and lazy North Queenslanders as our
representatives - on both sides of politics. Gavin King, Michael Trout, and David Kempton had no public service background or qualifications to represent us. Nor does Curtis Pitt, who got his position the same way Kim Jong-un was given his daddy's job. And the so-called "Voice of North Queensland" hasn't asked a probing question in 25 years.
We have met the enemy.
He is us.