On the Cueball show this past Tuesday, Minster for the Environment Greg Hunt was a guest of 4CA (have you noticed how the LNP gets "guest spots" and yet both MacKenzie and his fellow 4CA LNP supporter Michael Kelly only make phone calls to the ALP).
Elvis Ashwell, who was one of the original supporters of cruise ship dredging of the Trinity Inlet, asked the Minister point blank if the LNP commitment was still good. Hunt said "yes", and then asked Michael "Not the Black Sheep" Trout to waffle on his behalf.
Trouty then let the cat out of the bag, saying . . "originally in 2012 when the Premier made that commitment, was a $40M commitment; ONCE THE EIS HAD CAME OUT, (stutter, stutter), CERTAINLY HE HAD LIFTED THAT VALUE TO SOME $90M"
Elvis then asked "so with the costings of what Gavin (King) said last week regarding it being from $200M to up to $250M, where does he get that figure from". Trouty than repeats again "this is part of the EIS, they've done the costings". . .
So our LNP members confirm that THEY have copies of the inlet dredging EIS despite the document supposedly being in an independent, non-political process! Michael Trout refers to the EIS "coming out". . . .it's only "come out" to LNP insiders in Cairns. Apparently even Minister Hunt isn't aware that the document is being circulated secretly in Cairns!
Gavin King has said repeatedly that he hasn't seen the document as it is confidential until released. However Michael Trout has now confirmed that both he and King have seen the document. These clowns can't even get their stories straight!
We remind the community that Ports North management is a
political plum doled out by the government of the day. When Newman was elected in 2012, the ALP-appointed management was out and in came LNP political hacks - including one of the most sinister, lawyer Brett Moller. Moller, said to be the one who ousted the first Cairns LNP preselection candidate Paul Freebody, continues to serve as president of the Cairns Chamber of Commerce and Industry (not to be confused with the Cairns Chamber of Commerce) while Moller took up his appointment as Chair of Ports North.
Moller was responsible for production of the Trinity Inlet dredging EIS. So where is the leak of this report to our local LNP members, and why can't we get a straight answer from them when they obviously have confirmed they are aware of the contents and conclusions??
Readers can decide for themselves if this violates the Ports North Fraud Control and Corruption Policy. We call on CEO Chris Borland to undertake such an investigation to determine why this independent report has been provided to our local LNP members, who else has been given this confidential report, and other details surrounding this sordid affair.