|BOB MANNING CONSULATION BUCKS - PROVEN|
TO BE AS WORTHLESS AS THEY LOOK
Turning what's supposed to be the most open of public processes - selection of the people's representatives - into a chapter of the Bizarro World. No taxation without representation is alive and well in Cairns.
Many of the hopefuls have already taken to social media to spruik their qualifications. Among these hopefuls are many who don't even live in Division 3! Thus exposing another key un-democratic provision of Australian politics - the parachute job.
When Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt was gifted his position by his daddy, he was a resident of Brisbane. But at least he had some bona fides in Mulgrave. We've seen a previous Labor member for Cook who not only had no connections to this electorate, but kept living outside of the electorate even after elected! To his credit the recently deposed LNP member for Cook, David Kempton, had long ties into the Cape. A fact we pointed out three years ago when we supported him for this seat.
Bob Manning is proving to be the consummate "non-consultative" Mayor. He rammed thru the upgrade to City Place in such a hurry that the job took double the time, screwing over the businesses in this area. He then sent underling Terry James out to quell the mobs - a few weeks of free parking on Lake Street should be enough. Let them eat cake. Recent changes to the "General Policy" on Council-owned parks has seen neighbours in Aeroglen angry that unwanted and expensive changes to their park began to be implemented while a "consultation survey" was still making the rounds - with the area leaders clearly upset at this Manning sham.
Whoever the new Division 3 Councillor will be, they will have a big task to prove their worth to the residents. Divison 3 was previously serviced by the hardest working man in Council, and now Member for Cairns, Rob Pyne. And by participating in this "secret committee process" the new councillor will be saddled with a kavorka of epic proportions - the only sitting councillor without any kind of mandate from the people. Made even worse if they don't even live in the division.
People ask how could poor old Bob Manning have taken such a hugely successful business like Events NQ (the website still is up and taking orders) and run it into the ground, and finally bankruptcy. Clearly it's because when presented with a decision point, Manning embraces the wrong action. That's clearly how he ran the Cairns Port Authority, and clearly what's going on in this Division 3 replacement scenario.