|AND DON'T WE LOVE HOW ALL|
THE "RESTRICTIONS" ON THIS
RATE ARE IN TYPE THAT CAN'T
EVEN BE READ WITH A MICROSCOPE!
They're today claiming that there's 'no interest' by TransLink (QConnect) in providing regular public bus service to the airport. The privately-owned airport is happy with the current situation - where the only transit options are shuttle buses and taxis. Both who pay hefty surcharges to operate to/from the airport.
And as we all know the substandard access road and lack of pedestrian facility (despite a legal requirement to provide one) leaves Cairns tourism in a disadvantaged position.
How badly do we treat our visitors? The chart (below) shows the top airports around Australia, the top airports in Queensland, and the transport facility and availability of free WiFi in the terminals.
Note that the only two "rogue" airports are the Cairns Airport and the Mackay Airport. Both are owned by the same private company, with the major shareholders being New York-based investment bankers. Not Queenslanders.
The lack of affordable public transit is a bigger financial ripoff of the "precious backpacker market" than an increase of their payroll tax. While all the tourist business crybabies attack the government for any taxing of Working Holiday Visa visitors, we gouge them when they arrive, and gouge them when they depart. Plus all the other gouges they endure daily. And we all know that the same business crybabies are paying large numbers of backpackers "cash in hand" - an illegal practice that will only INCREASE.
Note also the RAPE of passengers at Mackay and Cairns on parking charges. Two regional cities in Queensland with among the highest airport car parking charges in the world. With Mackay-area residents paying a "discount rate" of 3 days for $72! 3 days of similar parking at the Brisbane Airport is only $77! This is a clear rort by the Cairns Airport - but just one of the pile of gouges they put in place when the Bligh Government "privatised" our airport with NO REGULATIONS IN PLACE.
YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS SHIT UP!
And then today we've had Cueball MacKenzie and Minister for Blogs Warren Entsch DEFENDING the plan to provide $1 Billion in publicly-financed loan guarantees to the crooks at the Cairns Airport!