Luckily for Entsch, he retained his title as Minister for Blogs.
Entsch was given the busywork task of organising a "white paper" about the economics and growth prospects for North Queensland and the Northern Territory.
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"CAIRNS READY" DESIGN
So Entsch's statements to Cueball MacKenzie on Thursday seem puzzling given his recent actions, or prophetic.
Entsch claims that the population of Cairns, which he puts at "between 150,000 and 170,000 now" will "treble in the next 20 years under the LNP government". He then claims Cairns will be a "safety valve" relieving the population pressures on Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Treble. Entsch believes that the LNP is preparing for a Cairns population of 500,000 by 2034. This represents a population growth rate of 6.3% - over double the population growth rate of Western Australia the last 20 years and, if true, among the highest 20-year growth rates in the world. EVER!
It's absurd. Until you look at what's happening in Cairns.
We're told that Aquis, along with other Chinese-funded projects, are "absolutely going to be approved" (the words of Queensland LNP Premier Campbell Newman). Where are the construction workers going to come from - there aren't 10,000 workers ANYWHERE in Australia to be rounded up and sent to Cairns for this project.
Quietly, the Abbott government has re-opened the previously closed 457 Visa rules, allowing employers to bring in virtually UNLIMITED foreign workers for large projects - for which Aquis qualifies.
Who thinks these workers are going to return to China after
Aquis is finished? Raise your hands!
(seeing none. . )
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Then there are the 10,000 workers needed to RUN Aquis. Where are they coming from?
Insiders report that the existing public drawings showing ONE "worker accommodation" tower block on the site in fact have been planned to have THREE of these towers - accommodating almost 12,000 workers in Chinese-style accommodation.
Aquis and the Fungs have already rejected calls for a monorail or other light rail service from the airport to their cash machine. (Let's forget for a moment that it should be our elected representatives that set the terms for their operation, not the other way around). Instead they've announced that the resort will create enormous road impacts, with up to 170 coaches needed along with a fleet of cars and limousines, all flooding the Cook Highway up to 18 hours a day. Not to mention the "local workers" who will need to drive due to the lack of a proper public transit network. Given the levels of pollution that the Chinese have willingly accepted into their own country's environment, I guess they won't be troubled about fucking up our air and water. Just a little.
In fact the joke around town, started by ol' Wazza, is that he's in fact writing a YELLOW paper on the future of Northern Australia. With proposals already discussed between Chinese business leaders and FNQ pollies for the sale and/or lease of millions of hectares of scrub, soon-to-be farmland to the Red Chinese, Cairns residents are starting to grumble about the zero consultation with the public that's gone into these plans. Even Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King is on board with his mayoral push to allow tower blocks around the CBD.
If Entsch has believed all along that Australians from southern capital cities would be flooding into Cairns, why did he oppose building of a new theater? Why does Cairns continue to suffer at the end of a national highway that is a world-class disgrace? Where's the water we're going to need? The police, the schools, the jails?
And what secret plans does the LNP have to flood FNQ with a tidal wave of Chinese migrants in support of these tourism and agricultural projects???