|WARREN ENTSCH HARD AT WORK|
IN HIS ELECTORATE
So it's no surprise that the federal LNP government took a major government contract out of Cairns and gave it to Singapore while we were all celebrating what we've all hoped would be a much better 2016.
What's getting the voter's attention in this announcement are the continuing performance failures of the Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch.
Entsch began this term in parliament under an LNP cloud - stripped of his title as whip as leadership soured on his malperformance and dishonesty. He promised to "fix" the FNQ insurance crisis, which continues to sour investors on unit investments and has saddled home owners and the elderly. Cairns now has the smallest percentage of insured properties in Australia.
|WARREN ENTSCH HARD AT|
WORK IN PARLIAMENT
Entsch continues to spew on the subject, but let's face it - he's done nothing. NOTHING.
Entsch and his staff organised the #CairnsForTheBin campaign - an attempt to sell the Cairns Port shipbuilding consortium bid for the 21 replacement Pacific Patrol Boats. Entsch said in parliament "When it comes to ship building and maintenance, quite frankly, we (Cairns) do it very well".
Apparently the Navy has voiced an alternative opinion. They told a parliamentary committee last week that they have been 'disappointed at the quality and speed of repair work' in Cairns. This was the precursor announcement to yesterday's bludgeon - the announcement that the current refit work necessary on the existing fleet was going to be done NOT in Cairns, NOT in Darwin, but in SINGAPORE.
Did this announcement come from Entsch? Did it come at least with some kind of faux expression of indignation? That's what you would at least expect when a government decision goes against the community.
No. Not from Warren. The Entsch response? "This decision isn't a slight on Cairns." Entsch then went on to toe the LNP line and defend the decision to SEND OUR JOBS TO SINGAPORE. Some will point out this is "typical" party politics and Entsch is just doing what the party bosses have told him. But the LNP is also aware that Entsch is a likely loser at the next election so dumping money into Cairns is apparently now seen as a lost cause. We count on our parliamentarians to "bring home the bacon". Entsch has failed miserably in this task - despite his party being in government!
As a result Entsch is now seen as the most ineffective
|ENTSCH BRAGS HE'S HELPING|
SENIORS BECOME "MORE TECH-SAVVY".
AT THE SAME TIME HE'S ATTACKED
THE SENIORS WHO WRITE THIS BLOG.
KARMA'S A BITCH, WARREN.
Entsch finally said that 'this decision will not effect the decision (due this month) on the tender for the new Pacific Patrol Boats'. If the Navy has called the work in Cairns substandard, the veracity of this statement is fantastical. Almost as fantastical as the Entsch plan to tunnel under the Trinity Inlet.
And even more bizarre - the lack of reaction from the (LNP dominated) Cairns Chamber of Commerce and Cairns (non)Regional Council. Except for the lone voice of one councillor, Richie Bates. Bates would seem to be the only local leader to have raised his voice to attack this anti-Cairns decision. That says something about his integrity, and underscores the worthlessness of Warren Entsch.