The symposium was frankly a profound waste of everyone's
The JCU professors, comfortable living in some academic fairy land, believe that shortcomings in the EIS can be pointed out to the Coordinator General, will get some kind of intelligent response from the government and Aquis developers, and then we can all go arm and arm into some kind of Chinese-fueled nirvana while singing "Kumbaya" and eating yumcha falling from the sky.
But it's hard to understand how a large group of intelligent, mostly tertiary-educated city migrants to Cairns have deluded themselves into thinking that somehow a few submissions about shortcomings in the EIS will have any impact on this project. Are you people daft?
As we pointed out when the project was first announced - the fix is in. The public has zero chance of stopping it.
Despite the wide range of community members in attendance, not one current politician was in attendance. NOT ONE. Think of the significance of this snub.
Why would Michael Trout, Gavin King, the Mayor (past his bedtime), or any local councillors (sorry, we don't know who they are, either) attend? They don't operate in this parallel Kumbaya universe. They know what most in Cairns know - the fix is in. If they are in favour of the project, why should they say anything and alienate a voter? If they're against, they have enough political sense to know the obvious - the fix is in. Let Campbell Newman take the flak - he'll be gone at the next election, anyway.
Also absent were any representatives from the developer, Tony Fung (except for a couple of unidentified East Berliners on the developer's Stasi payroll). A "normal" project would see the developer in the room, explaining his intentions to the neighbours and addressing their concerns.
The EIS that has been proffered has met the government's requirements for an $8B project and a political (not technical) approval process. It has lots of words, on lots of pages; charts, graphs, and footnotes. It has pretty drawings. It talks about jobs and more airplanes coming to Cairns. That's all the Coordinator General, head of a political department, needs to approve this politically-driven EIS. An approval that is ultimately under the control of political commissar Jeff Seeney, and his boss Campbell "Joh Bjelke" Newman.
We believe strongly that everyone should have their say, and if you're so motivated, please put your objections in writing to the Coordinator General about Aquis. Just don't become delusional and believe it will make one whit of difference. THE FIX IS IN!
Suicides, broken families, damaged children, destroyed futures. . . just some of the consequences of state-supported gambling. And despite the huge profits gleaned from this gambling by the state, on behalf of the majority of non-gamblers, you've got to ask yourself one simple question:
Why does the Mainland China government steadfastly refuse to allow gambling facilities among their citizens in China despite the huge tax revenue they're forgoing?
We're about to find out the answer.