John "Cueball" MacKenzie was previously on one side of this issue - his shrill attacks on the previous Labor government revolved around the "crime-ridden CBD". He did shows that discussed the damage done by drunken king-hits - interviewing doctors, police, and others on the front line. After the Campbell Newman government began their smoke-and-mirrors crimefighting pogrom, MacKenzie has now changed position and is supporting LONGER liquor sale hours in the Cairns CBD - all on the mantra of tourism. The reality is that little has changed with the liquor-driven assaults essentially unchanged.
Anyone think cruise ship passengers will be happy about CBD filled with MORE inebriated and violent backpackers?
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And apparently, our biggest social faux pas is failing to bring enough cold beers to a social function.
Nothing served to illustrate this better than the Variety Club's
Roadshow charity event. These well-meaning drivers, out raising money for disadvantaged children, blew through the Daintree last Friday on their way back to Cairns and points south. Tourists to the Daintree were treated to a small parade of noisy cars and inebriated revelers, who emerged from their vehicles at the Daintree Ferry - passengers and drivers alike holding opened stubbies.
One tourist overheard suggesting to Daintree Ferry personnel that this was perhaps worth a call to the coppers was told "they're just having fun".
Attitudes on Aussie self-medication are broken everywhere.
Now we're supposed to get all excited about "ice" - methyl amphetamines. Indeed the Cairns Police reported that their testing of drivers in Cairns is finding 1 in 4 testing positive for illegal drugs! 25% of the drivers around you in giant metal killing machines have ILLEGAL drugs impairing their driving.
And our leaders are fighting for MORE medication time with our legal drugs? Are we mad? Does government not see the connection?
Real leaders would overhaul all of the laws related to liquor and drugs. Why are high-range and repeat offenders given little in the way of punishment, only to get behind the wheel hammered, again and again? Why is there virtually no resources to detox and retrain drug users and alcoholics?
Hospital Chairman (UnSir) Bob Norman goes on a rant about the elderly clogging up his hospital beds, who should be in longterm care facilities. What about all the drug and drink-addled people in his hospital beds, and especially resident in his mental health facility. Lots more of these freeloading mislocated patients, but you don't see anyone trying to get a "please explain" on this costly misuse of hospital facilities.
Some say it can't be changed. That's what they said about the use of tobacco. But concerted efforts involving education and targeted government action has dropped the smoking rate over 50%, with teenage smokers now at the lowest rate ever - about 8%.
Alcohol as a drug is even more dangerous to the community.
Local "leaders" argue that Cairns should not have the same regulations as being proposed for Brisbane. They're correct.
With the drink and drugged driving rate in Cairns the WORST in Queensland, we should be closing up these nightclubs at midnight.
That would be a good start.
Today's headline in the Cairns Post says it all. It's the most valuable thing we own.