King in his first act of bastradry went back on his promises and shoveled over $100M in signed-off investment back into the Brisbane area for more tunnels, bridges, and Gold Coast light rail. So sure was he of the sleaziness of this deal, he conducted it via private email accounts with Sleepy Bob.
Throwing his hat into the preselection ring is the obvious choice, Cairns Councillor Rob Pyne. Pyne, first elected to the Kevin Byrne council, is considered by many to be the hardest working councillor in what is a very diverse and fast-growing electorate. Pyne stays on top of the issues, and is seemingly everywhere around the traps. Compare that to Greg Fennell (who??), a councillor who virtually no one in his Clifton/Palm Cove division has ever seen.
|ROB PYNE WITH LOCAL SUPERBANTAMWEIGHT|
BOXER FRED MUNDRABY. MUNDRABY'S BENTLEY
PARK STREETS GYM HAS GOTTEN MORE
CAIRNS YOUTHS ON TRACK THAN
A DOZEN LNP BOOT CAMPS
Pyne is being challenged by Michael Healy - a private school, Sydney North Shore blueblood transplant to Cairns. Currently lead salesman at Quicksilver, Healy's been employed at a number of Cairns hotels during his time here. And given the full colour mailers being sent to a small number of ALP preselectors, Mr. Healy's views (fluffed-up by socialite PR hack Pip Miller) are receiving serious scrutiny.
And when you read his published views, it's obvious he could easily be mistaken as an LNP candidate!
He mouths all the ALP dogma - against sale of Government assets, protecting environmental areas, more money for hospitals. He attacks the Newman government and Gavin King for rising electricity prices, lack of government investment in the region, and sacking 17,000 government employees.
But despite his opening claim that the recipient of these expensive brochures would learn "more about what I stand for", we couldn't find anything but ALP boilerplate.
The AWU, who hold a 2010 labor agreement with Quicksilver negotiated in part with Healy, has insiders who claim that in fact many of the previously hard-won conditions for these tourism workers were thrown under the bus by the business-minded Healy. And yet Healy claims that 'It is not acceptable for the rights and conditions of workers be eroded'.
Healy would seem to be the usual big business progressive
|MICHAEL HEALY, SPORTING A GOLD WATCH|
FEW VOTERS IN THE SEAT OF CAIRNS
And as a result, this no-name ALP member is wholly inappropriate for the Seat of Cairns, in our view. He would make a far better ALP candidate for the Federal Parliament where business connections often can make the difference. The ALP should apply his talents at this level.
Rob Pyne on the other hand is exactly the kind of grassroots candidate that a party in "rebuilding" mode needs to win the seat and restore ALP credibility to Cairns. Pyne's name recognition built on not just his years of council service, but his father Tom's decades of pragmatic ALP leadership are the kind of qualities that tip the balance in close elections.
Factional party politics do nothing to advance the cause of progressive leadership in the region. The public is tired of divisive politics. Hasn't the Cairns ALP branch learned anything from the last elections?
We would urge local ALP preselectors to put aside this divisive factional thinking and act for the good of the whole community by supporting Rob Pyne to oppose the dysfunctional Gavin King. Voters everywhere are rejecting "insider" politics that ignores the people, and their values. Getting a practical, well-liked progressive in place at this first occasion after electoral wipeout puts Cairns residents at the front of the pack as the ALP rebuilds in Queensland. This is the kind of leadership that will ultimately return the ALP to an influential position in Australia politics.