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4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News Led by John "Cueball" Mackenzie

01 February 2015

CAIRNS RETAILING HEADING DOWNMARKET WHILE BUSINESS LEADERS ATTEMPTED TO MANIPULATE THE ELECTION - WHERE ARE THE PRIORITIES?

The last week of Campbell Newman's ill-timed election call saw the local Cairns LNP candidates stooping to all manner of sleazy tricks that, in the end, backfired on them.  One of the worst was the so-called "debate" run by the biased Cairns Chamber of Commerce and the taxpayer funded, supposed to be non-partisan Advance Cairns.  The "big end of town"organised a $79/person lunch, set the ground-rules for the "debate", and picked the most biased moderator they could find.  Our own John "Cueball" MacKenzie.  They then invited only the LNP and ALP candidates knowing full well that a failure to participate would be used to attack any missing candidates.  It was a right wing ambush.

MacKenzie, who recognised that the ALP candidates had bitch-slapped the local LNP mob even with rigged game, was so worried he switched on Friday to his "Hail Mary" argument:  "If Cairns should vote in the ALP, we'll have no voice in an LNP Government".

Not to worry Macca, the voters ignored your manipulation and ditched the whole sick mob.  The voters of Cairns outsmarted all of you smarties.  In a couple weeks the new ALP government will start to clean house here in Cairns.  Hopefully the first to go will be the cretin on the hospital board - legendary for his flouting the King  "buy local" policy when he bought the little woman a Rolex down in Sydney.

Debates (and indeed their partner, town hall meetings), are a terrific idea and an advance for voter education.  Rigged debates do nothing but anger the electorate.

Now maybe the Chamber and Advance Cairns can get back to actually working to help improve and grow business in this city.  



The proliferation of unlicensed so-called "massage" businesses is giving the Cairns CBD a very poor reputation, internationally.  The Night Markets is rapidly becoming a "no-go" zone for tourists.  With many of the stalls, formerly selling North Queensland handicrafts and other
souvenirs, now either shuttered or offering "Chinese massages", it's time Council stepped in to regulate these businesses.  Many of the so-called masseuses are said to be students working without
employment visas and other scamming the system.  And a steady stream of reports on TripAdvisor and other tourist information sites point to scams that turn a $15 massage into a $200 forced purchase of unwanted "chinese medicine".  


Even more important to the health of Cairns retailing is Cairns Central.  What's the Chamber doing about the deterioration of the retail environment there?

The number of shop vacancies at Cairns Central are clearly escalating.  Some shops have been without tenants for a year or more, and Cairns Central doesn't even bother boarding them up anymore.  And as these vacancies mount, Cairns Central is more and more being inhabited by - you guessed it - massage parlours.  At least one Cairns Central manager has told the HBW that these massage places are only one step removed from prostitution, with large numbers of mostly Mainland Chinese staff (of dubious visa status) giving the steady stream of middle-aged men a bogus massage followed by a blow job.  The so-called "happy ending".  And one of these massage shops, when pressed by the men for additional services, walks them over to apartments on Water Street known to be used by the organised prostitution rackets trafficking women around Australia.  

The back of the Cairns Post is full of these advertisements
that are not placed by the prostitutes themselves (as required by law) but by the syndicates that are doing the trafficking.  Previous Queensland Labor governments made some attempts to enforce these laws, the LNP have been diligent in looking the other way as they pursued other organised crimes. 

Cairns business leaders are standing idly by, thinking about gaming the electoral system and complaining of poor business conditions while our main shopping centre turns into a discount whorehouse.  All of these issues are a black mark on the Cairns family-friendly tourism economy.  It's time for our business leaders to get back to business, and implement regulations to stop further deterioration of our tourism product.



29 comments:

Anonymous said...

I watched Entsch on the ABC Sunday (this) morning. He did a very good impersonation of Dr. Sir Les Patterson. (He seemed more pissed than Sir Les though). Keep up the good work in Leichhardt and you too may become a Knight. (Like Sir Les, but you do a better job of it). ;)

Anonymous said...

It in inaccurate to claim that the business community attempted to manipulate the election. You have no evidence for that very serious allegation. I like your blog but you go way too far at times.

Anonymous said...

Dont expect Advance Cairns to start working to improve and grow business in this city. Incompetence only breeds more incompetence. Why are ratepayers even paying for this organisation to exist?

Anonymous said...

First priority for the incoming Member for Cairns must be to see a deputation of doctors and nurses from the Base Hospital.

Anonymous said...

I think first priority (anon 09:53) is to sack Norman and the hospital board. This dictatorial old bastard has been the biggest obstacle to harmony in the Cairns district health region (suspended doctors debacle prime example.

Anonymous said...

Advance Cairns is a faux wing of the LNP, just like the IPA.

It's simply a matter of fact that rich business owners stand to make more under LNP policies than ordinary people.

So groups composed of well-to-do business owners or high-level managers with plenty of money for fancy lunches are going to be Advance Cairns and LNP members. They're hardly going to want to hear about the Greens' plans to protect the environment against exploitation for profit.

mick said...

The inexperience of the LNP members for our region was all to do with why they got turfed out. Trout and King had no business being politicians, they had none of the qualities required for the job,ie to serve the voters...they both seem to have been on one huge ego trip.I reckon the Cairns Council are even less qualified to manage a vibrant city.Old man Manning should go next election and take all of his old bunch of pretenders with him.Better times are ahead.

Anonymous said...

RE: 2/2/15 07:26 Anon.

Goodness me. Here is part of what you wrote: 'It in inaccurate to claim that the business community attempted to manipulate the election. You have no evidence for that very serious allegation'. Serious allegation? My god I got a fright when you wrote with such gusto! I can think of examples in the local elections of extremely serious donators to the Byrne and Manning coffers. Are you fucking serious with 'serious allegations'? People like you go: the Unions. The Unions. The Unions. They back the Labor party. Of course they do you knob. The Labor party was founded on Unions. It is their backbone you fucken cockhead. I have serious 'allegations' that true people like you don't take what the Unions gave us all. You don't accept the holiday loading, the Labor Day holiday... you work that day for the good of your heart. You don't accept the forty hour week. You work so hard don't you? All those long hours. You are the only one who pays tax. Man you have such a hard life I do really feel sorry for you. Us trash from the Unions support a Labor movement who gave you Medicare. So you don't claim a rebate when you go to a Doctor too? Now you are so parochial aren't you. No wonder you have such a hard life, you carry the country on your fucking back. Remember, there is no virtue in poverty. 'It in inaccurate to claim that the business community attempted to manipulate the election. You have no evidence for that very serious allegation'. 'Serious allegation'? I'll be fucked. That is astounding. Where can we meet for a chat? I will buy lunch. We can get get the man who loves a free lunch from 4CA to moderate. Please contact me via here. Thanks. Dorothy if you are reading this, I hope you are well. Kindest regards to you my dear heart.

Tunnels Newman said...

It in accurate to claim that the Cairns Post and 4CA attempted to manipulate the election. There is plenty of evidence for that very serious allegation. I like your blog but you don't go far enough at times.

Anonymous said...



I hope a priority of all 4 is to sit down with health professionals, paramedics, admin, cleaners, all staff!!! and talk openly and honestly. Give them respect, earn their trust back and promise full support and transparency. HAS TO BE DONE.

Anonymous said...

Tunnels. As long as I have lived in Cairns(30 plus years)Mackenzie has been a spokesman for the conservative(that word is a joke in itself)side of politics. Look at his listening base. Men, over the age of 50,disgruntled with life who spend their days craving for the harshness of that type of government. I am glad that I and my family have better values like social justice and a more careing attitudes to ones planet travellers. Don't ever be surprised at anyone on that programs views or rabid support for some leaders and their governments who's memory is sent to the dustbins of history faster than cheese thru a duck and never forget that the CP is owned by a foreigner who, like some high profile radio commentators in this country, think they can influence just who we are SUPPOSED to vote for. Have a great day and thank your lucky stars we avoided another three years of cantdo and King and Trout and whats his name from the Cook shire.

NYM said...

Pyne has already called for release of the environmental study into dredging the Cairns Inlet and has confirmed he will fight for funding for a new performing arts theatre. I agree with comments above however and that is one of is first priorities will be to sit down with representatives from the Base Hospital.

Anonymous said...

Howie Thomas aka Trouts mate runs the Advance Cairns page. Just sayin.

Anonymous said...

Pyne's announcements have already been greeted by a chorus of negativity by sore LNP losers. They still don't get it why the LNP was turfed out so resoundingly. What did Trout and King really achieve in 3 years, except promising that one day the Inlet would be dredged and Aquis would be built ? Sweet FA!

How long before McKenzie will start another anti CEP campaign on his shit show with all the regular dickheads calling in to scream about it ?

Anonymous said...

If AQUIS goes ahead, the Triads will move in and takeover these "massage" places. The entire prostitution industry will be Triad controlled.

Anonymous said...



There was no announcement yesterday that justified the childish responses. They really damage Cairns because their negativity is based on lies and way too political. I said when the CEP was lost that private investment would stay away for quite some time due to political risk and it did.

Alison Alloway said...

Why is there hysteria from the LNP whenever anything about a performing arts theatre is mentioned, yet nothing is ever said from the LNP about the co-dependency of the Chinese underworld, the Triads, with Chinese casinos? Why is there this violent, over the top outrage whenever the words "new theatre" is mentioned, yet the LNP supporters say nothing about a sophisticated, aggressive well organised criminal group whose involvement in arms smuggling, drugs, prostitution, political corruption, white slavery and money laundering are well known? There is a repulsive sickness in these people who scream blue murder at the thought of increasing cultural arts tourism in the region while they keep silent about the arrival of a criminal culture we are not prepared for.

Anonymous said...

Alison,Alison,Alison. I thought I was culturally challenged. The reason the LNP supporters don't like the concept of a performing arts centre is because it would not be able to cater for pig shooting, cane toad races, wet t shirt competitions. cock fighting or toss the immigrant over the fence hurling competitions. The very things red necks participate in, would pay to see and would support.

Anonymous said...

Well, Manning threw away our theatre and, if my memory serves me right, promised a wonderful arts centre in his first term for us culturally inclined types.
Still waiting.................

Alison Alloway said...

ROFL Anonymous. You made me laugh. Yet as I said, there is a sickness in this city where a clear danger to our society is being ignored. A danger which we have little experience of and for which we are completely unprepared for. Yet we have an imbecile shrieking away on his talk back radio almost every week about the danger of crocodiles. We have a local newspaper not even bothering to hide their obsequiousness to the Fungs and not even once raising the issue of organised crime. Not a word about Triads. The LNP politicians have clearly shown their hand and one eyedness in only trumpeting what they perceive are the benefits of allowing a Chinese mini-city in the region, and not the downside. Let us never overlook the fact that the Triads are usually very successful in infiltrating all levels of government wherever they establish themselves.

shanghai said...

oh my god I have been exposed by the gumshoes above but I swear to god I have no involvement in cane toad races or was involved in the Cronulla riots as an instigator but anyway if u need a bus just go to shanghaibus@i dontgiveashit.com

Anonymous said...

shanghai, your English has improved dramatically!

Anonymous said...

shanghai, your English has improved dramatically!

Ken Svay said...

People talking about Triads and drug and prostitution businesses are correct. Pinning our hopes on Aquis is ridiculous, under the new Chinese free trade agreement they are allowed to import worker sighting 457 visas. And most materials will come direct from China, why would they buy local.
But the real problem in relying on Chinese gambling money is two fold, the declining Chinese economy and the crackdown on corruption. Macaus official gambling revenue is 54 billion, unofficially five times as much. But the crackdown on corruption has seen the high rollers spend decline dramatically so who would invest in Aquis?

Ken Svay said...

People talking about Triads and drug and prostitution businesses are correct. Pinning our hopes on Aquis is ridiculous, under the new Chinese free trade agreement they are allowed to import worker sighting 457 visas. And most materials will come direct from China, why would they buy local.
But the real problem in relying on Chinese gambling money is two fold, the declining Chinese economy and the crackdown on corruption. Macaus official gambling revenue is 54 billion, unofficially five times as much. But the crackdown on corruption has seen the high rollers spend decline dramatically so who would invest in Aquis?

Anonymous said...

WTF did you say Shanghai, Anon 1803 someone else wrote it or he was sober.

NYM said...

That is the big question Ken Svay. With the Chinese Government pulling out all the stops in Macau, has Cairns been chosen as the new money laundering centre because of the enthusiasm and willingness of the local community leaders to attract new ventures and thus jobs? Added to this must go the fact that we have a Mayor who is doddering and possibly half senile who unbelievably "gagged" his Councillors from speaking out about AQUIS. We had naïve and politically inexperienced Members of State Parliament and a Federal Member who seems content to sit back do as little as possible until his retirement. Sure our region is economically depressed and there are many pinning their hopes on this huge AQUIS development, but we haven't really looked at the entire picture have we? Do we cave in for the need for short term business activity and jobs while ignoring the consequences of having the Triads arrive, environmental problems, social and drug problems etc etc Do we risk upsetting the Chinese Government with their plans to stop money being stolen from the Chinese treasury and pilfered away trough money laundering in casinos? Are our law enforcement agencies up to the task of dealing with the Triads? There just hasn't been enough debate on this entire issue. I am hoping that now we have three Labor members elected in the area that there can be more transparency and open debate about AQUIS.

Bob R. said...

I reckon the old shanghai goes to too many boozy yum chas at Café China.

Ken Svay said...

I listened to that crappy radio station the other day for the first time, oh dear! I am a long time can of talk back radio and the drivel served up was the most pathetic load of garbage that I have ever heard.
An old lady rang in aweepin and awailin and wringing her hands about the defeat of the local LNP toadies.
And the host agreed, of course and told us that the real tragedy was that people like Gavin King were just growing into the job and now all that experience built up over the last few years was lost forever blah, blah, blah, blah.
Who was Gav and what did he contribute to the debate, was he on the emergency junket to HK with that old pensioner of a mayor before Christmas? Did they really prostrate themselves before Fung the elder and plead for some crumbs from his table?
Do we know what the trip cost,airfares and hotels and dinners? Did they nip over to Macau and enjoy the notorious floor shows at the palatial whorehouses fueled up on Viagra?