|LOVELY CAIRNS COUPLE - 17 YEARS OLD|
AND LIVING ON THE DOLE - NO PROBLEM
Take the headline story "MINER EYES CAPE YORK FOR LITHIUM EXPLORATION". The ComPost touts the story as perhaps "heavy lifting. . .the Far North's Economy?"
So insignificant was this development the company Lithium Australia, didn't bother to even promote it. So insignificant is the development that the Palaszczuk Labor government haven't even bothered to include it in their mining exploration plans.
Then the ComPost gets to the key facts they've uncovered with this "exclusive"! Lithium Australia's CEO sez: "It will be going through the normal routine process, but I've got no idea how long that takes".
So it's another ComPost story about NOTHING. It should have been one sentence, but instead it's a headline-grabbing nonsense.
Then we get to one of our two phantom Chinese developers, Mr. Benny Wu. The Cairns Post CONTINUES to claim Benny Wu is the owner of Double Island. It was long ago established that Wu is just a "front man" for an Australian-based Director of China's Shandong Energy, Owen Huang (黄-平). This kind of false stories can mislead local contractors and tradies if and when they contract for work. The ComPost shouldn't be misleading the public this way.
The ComPost this week again flogs this dead horse by proffering the "latest and greatest excuses" from Benny Wu as to why after almost four years he's done NOTHING to reopen Double Island, or even refurbish the now-beyond-sleazy Acacia Court Hotel. Ditto with the Kewarra Beach Resort.
|WITH MOST OF THE GUESTS AT THE|
ACACIA COURT NOW CHINESE, THEY TELL THEIR
FRIENDS ABOUT CAIRNS INSTEAD OF
In a bizarre twist, the Cairns Post then allows new Advance Cairns CEO Kevin "Hiding from the Pakis" Byrne to give Benny a kick in the nuts. Our new Cairns "Business Cheerleader" is quoted: "The realist in me tells me that we're unlikely to see (these Benny Wu projects) proceed under the current ownership". Perhaps Kevin believes his wife, Amanda Byrne, who was struck off for life as a property manager by the Queensland Government a decade ago, could do a better job. We excitedly await the Byrne review of Aquis.
The third bizarre ComPost story this week involves perhaps the most serious social issue in Cairns - the huge youth unemployment rate. A reported 26.6%, community leaders routinely quote 50% as closer to reality.
The Cairns Post gives us Kyle O'Donnell and Natalia Grasso,
|TWO CHILDREN STRUGGLING|
TO SURVIVE - BUT I'VE GOT
ENOUGH CASH FOR THE
NEW $1000 iPHONE 6
First of all, WTF are these two children doing not living at home? Well they weren't going to school - neither of these two "lovebirds" even bothered to finish high school. So even the foreign backpackers have more skills to offer Cairns employers.
But a little troll through the young couple's Facebook pages paint a much different picture of these two children.
Kyle O'Donnell looks to have a seriously hardworking father. No mention of a mother anywhere, so that's a worry. Kyle has been boasting since he was 15 that he loves his grog. Who's the alcohol enabler of a 15 year old? No talk about a job, or career, or anything that might help his future. But lots of talk about lifting weights, buying expensive body-builder supplements, and boasts about how "ripped" he's getting. Put some of that effort into a job-hunt, kid.
Natalia Grasso's mother is one Christine Burke. She says she's a hard working mum and works at a hospital in New South Wales. As mother of three children all with different last names, she hasn't exactly been the world's best role model for Natalia, but the distance has sure lightened the load for mum.
Natalia talks about "great weekends away" with her 17 year old beau, so you've got to wonder why the Cairns Post didn't dig a little deeper. Where are these two kids living, anyway? Are they collecting the dole from Centrelink? What kind of job services are they being provided? Anyone suggested that maybe they need to get a little more schooling?
|KYLE MIGHT FIND IT EASIER TO GET|
EMPLOYMENT IF HE AT LEAST
"HIDES" HIS IGNORANT
These are the prototypical young people we're turning out in Cairns. This isn't meant to be a critique of these two children, who apparently agreed to be featured in this Cairns Post story. If your mother is banging out bastards left and right and there's no one at home being a parent and getting you schooled properly, its mum and no daddy that cop the blame. The Cairns Post put a sad picture at the head of the story and then invested precious little in the way of actual reporting. Another FAIL by the Cairns Post. The viewpoint being promoted to the readers is that apparently Cairns has high youth unemployment and that government isn't doing enough. It's an opinion with no substance - is John MacKenzie now editing the ComPost?
Yes, we DO have a massive youth unemployment. Why hasn't the Cairns Post done a REAL story about the causes and solutions?
Finally, we've got a disjointed story about liquor use in the Cape York community of Kowanyama. It's horribly written and makes no sense. It talks about liquor-related offences being high, and then we find out later in the story that the majority of them are liquor POSSESSION, not public drunkenness, drink driving, or some "real" crime. The only "real" crime is the fact that reporter Grace Mason can't write a coherent sentence, and that Julian Tomlinson can't recognise shit when he reads it.
The most shocking information however is put at the end of the story, almost as an afterthought. It says that the Kowanyama Canteen "limits" a person to 10 cans of middle beer in the four hours they're open, except on "Super Saturdays" when there are NO limits. No wonder the "canteen idea" hasn't fixed the problem.