This meeting we are now told was followed by a smaller group of LNP party leaders who had planned to ask Turnbull to support a new candidate. They spoke all of 30 seconds, when Turnbull told them we reported previously - that Entsch was told during the last parliamentary sitting that he was done.
One of the LNP leaders was prepared to gut Entsch like a dugong, with the photo of his ill-conceived "tunnel under the inlet" said to be Exhibit "A". None was necessary.
We can also report that old Entsch mate Charlie Woodward was asked to host a "20 Years and Out" party for Entschy, which will be announced publicly soon.
The irony of Woodward honouring Entsch wasn't lost on the LNP leadership, who recall that in 1996, Professor Peter Baume MD, (former Liberal Senator from NSW), published a report about rural residents in Australia being unable to access vital radiotherapy treatment for cancer. The report, expanded into the Baume Report in 2002, further exposed the shortcomings of cancer treatment in Cairns. Nothing that residents in Cairns hadn't been complaining about for decades.
With zero action by Warren Entsch in the Howard government, Charlie Woodward finally got action from one-term Labor MP Jim Turnour, who put together the plans that gave us the Liz Plummer Centre along with Woodward's strong community leadership.
Now Woodward has to hold his nose and honour the sack-o-dung that failed Cairns for years.
You can't make this shit up.
LNP insiders say the inside track to the preselection is now highly respected local businessman Sam Marino, and unsuccessful candidate for Cairns Council in the last election. Marino is the newly-elected chair of the Cairns Chamber of Commerce, which has seem him already begin to overhaul this non-functional organisation on the basis of extensive consultation with all the members and solid consensus-building skills.
Marino will be a formidable choice, and could be a breath of fresh air in a younger and reinvigorated Federal Liberal Party.
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