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10 August 2015

CAIRNS MAYOR BOB MANNING STUNS COMMUNITY WITH ADMISSION THAT HE HAS ORGANISED SECRET, NON-PUBLIC COUNCIL MEETINGS IN ORDER TO DEBATE PUBLIC ISSUES AND REACH A MAJORITY

Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning booked some time on the 4CA vomitorium this morning in order to spruik his candidacy for a second term as the Cairns (non)Regional Council Mayor.

During his rambling, mostly incoherent statement, he stunned many listeners with the admission that in order to present a fa├žade of unity, he's organised and chaired illegal, non-public meetings of the council in order to reach a consensus - in essence debating issues outside the scrutiny of the public. 

The ratepayers.


Two solicitors have contacted the HBW independently since this shocking announcement, both offering the legal opinion that this is a straight-up violation of the Queensland Local Government Act (2009) and the requirements for Council meetings to be open.


THIS IS SOME SCARY SHIT!


20 comments:

CBD Warrior said...

Good work, HBW! I am appalled at the casualness that Manning has in his description of this process - which in all likelihood he's used often in this council. That's why the meetings are so short - the "pre-meeting" has nutted out all the decisions and the ratepayers just get to watch them vote.

This is huge erosion of our right to open and transparent government. I'm hoping this will be reported to the CMC for action.

TAS said...

So, not only did we have 'off-the-record' illegal emailing between Manning and King (as the former member for Cairns) where matters of government and council policy were being negotiated without public scrutiny, we now also have a mayor who circumvents Council meetings. Where constituents should be able to hear, in the Council chamber, issues debated, differing points of view i.e. democracy at work, we have instead un-minuted closed-door 'agreements, followed by Council chamber announcements. That Manning can state that as a positive way to run Council is shameful, and he should resign immediately as untrustworthy and undemocratic.

KitchenSlut said...

I don't see that much in here. Isn't that consistent with the Local Government Act (Ex Brisbane)of council as a corporate rather than parliamentary structure? This was my complaint way back when amalgamations were being sold as reform by Bligh. Ask to reform the act and not just bitch.

Anonymous said...


Line from interview

"No bad headlines"

There should have been and that just proves we have no democracy. The press is very poor standard up here. Poorer than the southern states and they are not stunning. Female gets nasty headlines but male does worse and gets sugar coated ones. The people saw through Gavin King so hopefully they will do it again.

But people voted for Unity so got what they voted for. Voting for a party in a council election is denying yourself democratic representation. There is no opposition then with no press standing up for the people we get denied. No say but not even knowing what we got no say in.

Ernie said...

Frog Shit, kitchen slut.

Anonymous said...

Let's say for arguments sake that what Sleepy Bob did isn't illegal. It doesn't change the fact that this is sneaky, underhanded and amoral. And how can trust be fostered throughout the community when you have a Mayor circumventing transparency? And not just the Mayor but those who willingly attend these meetings not held in chamber? What a sham.

CBD Tarzan said...

Sleepy Bob forgot to read his Dummies guide to local government. A classic own goal.

Anonymous said...

The depressing thing is that he will probably get re-elected despite losing Cairns millions in funding ,lying about the CEP and breaking his election promise to buikdxan alternative CEP. The okd foll us still pinning all his hopes on Aquis as welk.

Anonymous said...


AQUIS had very loud alarm bells ringing and all our so called "business" leaders did not pickup on extremely dodgy claims. Manning with them. No business acumen, never mind no political skill. It will depend on who else runs for Mayor but I for one am sick of it being all about the CBD and all this fake Chinatown nonsense. There are plenty more divisions out there covered in weeds.

Mickwow said...

How in the fuck could anybody vote a person to run a council if he has just sent his own business broke.

Bob R. said...

This bastard Mackenzie had the gall to accuse Val Schier of being arrogant and lacking transparency. Yet he fucken fawns all over Manning like a bitch on heat. I live for the day when Mackenzie just pisses off somewhere. He has cost Cairns so much starting from the time when he led the opposition to Keith deLaceys offer of a brand new hospital on a green site all the way back in 1995. If ever a city has been fucked so much by one person it is bloody Cairns.

Anonymous said...

The real barrier in Cairns is the widespread inability to recognise good policy and the widespread embracing of poor ideas. If the town votes Manning again then it is the people that are the problem.

shanghai said...

ah bobr settle down grass hopper the only way to win and wham -that's win hearts and minds is to grab testicles

Anonymous said...

The real problem this city has, is a very weak and pathetic City CEO. As I am advised, he was appointed with no Australia wide selection process as would be the custom.

Serious investigation into senior and executive appointments at CRC needs to be launched. Even a Crime and Justice investigation needs to start.

How much are these executives paid compared to elsewhere ?

urb said...

the obvious problem is that local council shouldnt run as an arm of state or fed party politics. i would think most dont give a flying fuck about council politics and nor should they, just run the fucken city if you can. you are half spot on anon 10:07 as its a bit hard to recognise what doesnt exist re policy. its pretty obvious how much is influenced and decided by other factors outside of local level

shanghai said...

ah urb oh snake man sometimes you have to destroy the city to save it

Anonymous said...

Rumour is that Liberals are not funding anything for Entsch, not even his campaign. So does that mean we lose the patrol boat contract? Why wouldn't they just pre select another? Anyway a Faceook page is created by LNProud to raise funds for him to contest the seat of Leichhardt. Not sure it will help his chances. Support SSM is strong but most want other issues resolved as well. He is a one trick pony.

Anonymous said...

This excrementious Head of Hicksville excelled himself last Anzac Day. Addressing the gathering of current and past Diggers and guests, including Turkish Army officers, Capt. Mannering, (good call Shanghai )after waffling incoherent shite for 20 minutes, proposed a "Declaration of Universal Mastabatorial Loveliness", then had the gall to ask the C.O. of 51 to second the motion! Poor Col. Toyne looked like he'd eaten a turd as he sort of concurred. Even the Turkish guests were glancing questions at each other, not to mention the guffaws from the crowd. What a jerk. Insulted the diggers and brought shame on the whole of Australia. At least Byrnesy could run a fucking parade! From Wiki, "Events N.Q. Bankruptcy"..."Staff left without their entitlements and creditors unpaid"...Another Born to Rule Bludger.

Hamish Krint said...

Light on the horizon? Jim Brooks (solicitor?) standing for the mayor position with a new team? Anyone got more info on him? Can it get any worse?

Hamish Krint said...

Have found out that Brooks & co have a Labor affiliation!