WE TOLD YOU SO!
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Cairns Airport Pty. Ltd. is what you get when you sell off public assets to profit-only banker arseholes without any performance standards or public oversight of the asset. This isn't just an LNP problem, it's an ALP problem, too. It's no wonder the public doesn't believe a word anyone says about the selling of public assets. We know the truth. Selling public assets kills people.
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In almost all advanced countries, public utility assets (electricity, telephone, internet, airport, water, etc) operate under strict controls by the government in order to prevent the public from being gouged. In California, America for example, there exists a "Public Utilities Commission" who's job is regulation of these utilities - including maximum profit. All rate increases MUST be approved by the PUC. It's the same across most of the world.
Except in Australia you see, we flog off the assets to banker arseholes and then lay back to get raped by them. Sydney has the highest fees for aircraft and parking IN THE WORLD.
Even locally, we lay back and let the owners of petrol stations get rich off us as they clearly are colluding on fuel prices and strategy. It was the owner of a Cairns servo that paid $900k for a "limited edition" Holden Monaro. Where do you think he got this money???
So Cairns Airport Pty. Ltd. is being run for the banker arseholes by Kevin Brown, who's now got the blood of Dinah Boughton on his hands. He might as well have run her over himself. The deficiencies with the airport road have been known by him for YEARS. Too narrow. No guardrails. No footpath. Bad lighting. He's been the tool of the corporate owners that has STOPPED any money being spent on needed upgrades. Kevin Brown's actions, along with the Member for Cairns Gavin King, have finally killed someone.
After years of complaints the airport "fixed' the lighting last year - by putting in a different kind of bulb to save energy. Fuck that, the lighting should have been trebled. Instead they invest big money in overhead signage advertising Chinese oil companies. WTF!
The airport has consistently sided with Cairns Taxis to block any low-cost transport to/from the airport. No regular bus service. No shuttle service. Why? To line the pockets of taxi companies - who provide a very marginal service to begin with. All tourists can't afford the $30 fare to the airport, and the only option is walking. Cairns Airport made these decisions!
Kevin Brown is running the only international airport in Australia that doesn't have some kind of free passenger wifi system. No, we view everyone as a sucker to be milked. We even screw the outbound passengers on Tim Tams - $4 for a "mini" package that sells for $1.40 at Coles!
Now we'll see self-appointed experts hired by the airport come out and make minimal changes, just like the nonsense built at the substandard roundabouts for the bicyclists. All because we have no political leadership with any balls.
Gavin King has known about these problems and has done
Read HBW reports on the airport going back YEARS. Kevin Brown needs to be sacked. Gavin King needs to be sacked. Period.
Our heartfelt condolences to the family of Dinah Boughton