And as usual, the media isn't doing their job to educate the public on the track record and proposals from the candidates.
|AT THE CONNECT CAIRNS LAUNCH,|
JIM BROOKS WAS ANXIOUS TO ENGAGE
WITH THE VOTERS
Seven Local News (even their name is a lie - it is produced and pre-recorded in Maroochydore), which has a regular John MacKenzie rant as part of their "news" broadcast on TV, only covered the launch of the Bankrupt Bob Unity Team. And they didn't put up any video of the actual attendees at this Manning event - other than the candidates and their partners there was almost no one there, and they were grim-faced and sullen.
|BOB MANNING UNITY TEAM LAUNCH. NO|
PUBLIC ALLOWED OR INVITED.
The Connect Cairns launch was packed with over 100 supporters on a weekday arvo, and all were enthusiastic and boisterous. This would have been much better TV - if Channel Seven were not in the pocket of the Unity Team.
WIN News (also produced in Maroochydore) covered both launches fairly and without favour. The same night.
|WHY DOES THE CAIRNS POST|
THINK WE CARE ABOUT
TRAFFIC IN TOWNSVILLE?
Then there's the Cairns Post, produced in Townsville. We're all aware that the Cairns Post investigates nothing, reports on nothing, and regularly regurgitates the same stories over and over again. Send the Cairns Post a press release and watch it become "news". How many times do we read about "BIG PROJECT LAUNCHED" only to find six months or a year later than NOTHING has been done. Paul Freebody no fewer than five times grabbed the front page touting the start of his Adventure Waters project. We all know how that's going.
|WHY IS THE CAIRNS POST|
The ComPost change in editor last April has proven to be a negative for the community. Jennifer Spilsbury was stuck in MacKay for over 20 years, and in desperation was scraped off Rupert's shoe and 'promoted' to Cairns. There has been zero change in journalistic standards since her arrival, and she's confined her writing to "puff pieces" where she promotes only herself. Last Saturday was typical - she talks about how much SHE likes to read, what a great operation News Ltd. is in Australia, and other yawn-worthy observations.
Spilsbury continues to spruik the advertising component of the ComPost - the number of ads touting Chinese hookers posing as Japanese, Korean, Singaporean, and even locals is at an all-time high. Kudos, Ms. Spilsbury! You've discovered the only growing market for your sleazy newspaper.
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HEADLINE, EDITOR SPILSBURY?
Ms. Spilsbury's editorial waxes nostalgic about the "old" way of reading. Her last paragraph, edited by HBW to reflect some semblance of accuracy, says "People don't actually read newspapers. They step into them every morning like a hot bovine turd bath".
It's obvious from the reorganisation of the Cairns Post social media effort that it's only a matter of time before Cairns and Townville are given one "combined" newspaper. Already the Cairns Post twitter and Facebook feeds are filled with traffic reports and restaurant reviews that are clearly from Townsville. We're not stupid. Jennifer Spilsbury is the LAST editor of the Cairns Post.
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HOW FAIR IS THIS?
How is any of this fair and open government? Why aren't these candidates having open "Town Hall" style meetings so popular elsewhere? Standing on streetcorners waving at passing cars is lazy campaigning. It's worthless. This means you, Jim. Bob Manning is too lazy to even wave at cars.
How can anyone make a sensible decision without knowing any of these people?
Lastly, we have John MacKenzie and 4CA. A responsible local radio station would have the candidates in for debates - ask them the tough questions and get their answers. Even and irresponsible local radio station would give up equal time for these candidates, so that they can talk directly to the voters (admittedly a very small sampling). But John
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During previous elections, this hasn't stopped the candidates getting a fair shake from the 6-9AM host. Val Schier regularly spoke during this time slot, as have Labor representatives from across the region. We understand that in this tradition of fairness, current morning host Murray Jones contacted the Connect Cairns team and invited them on the show.
And as soon as he got a whiff of this plan, John MacKenzie, acting in the great tradition of Aussie standover thugs, warned Murray Jones that he 'puts his job at risk if this should happen'. Murray has meekly agreed to keep his job. Pussy.
The actual owners of the station refuse to respond to complaints lodged about this gross unfairness.