One of Cueball MacKenzie's "pet" issues is the existence of crocodiles in Far North Queensland.
MacKenzie's screeching and bleating on this issue is inexplicable to most in FNQ. It's become a "litmus test" for local pollies even though the last MP from Barron River, Michael "Hide the Backhoe" Trout failed to put get a coherent policy out of the LNP. And the screeching and bleating against the crocs is embraced by leadership at TTNQ and the Cairns Chamber of Commerce as well.
And while MacKenzie has feigned friendship with current Barron River MP Craig Crawford, MacKenzie has expressed disdain for him privately - just recently overheard in a CBD restaurant calling Crawford "The Dickhead from Barron River".
In part, most of our tourist visitors have had little direct exposure to a crocodile. Steve Irwin wrestled them on TV but we all know TV is exaggerated reality at best. And much of the world thinks crocodile = alligator. However the alligator is a relatively passive animal with little aggression towards humans. So they must be the same, right?
So the current promotion by MacKenzie and TTNQ for a new (to Cairns) tourism venture is puzzling, to say the least.
The company, called "Duck About Tours", has relocated their
DUKW (historically an amphibious truck) from Darwin (where co-existance between humans and crocodiles is well-managed) to Cairns.
So with MacKenzie railing daily against the "evil crocodiles" that inhabit Far North Queensland, he's now promoting "Ride the Happy Croc" with Duck About Tours! Along with Tourism Tropical North Queensland and other leading tourism entities!
You can't make this shit up!
The "Duck About Tours" DUKW features a cartoonish-happy smiling crocodile emblazoned on the side of their coaches.
So can we assume when the next child is taken by a snarling, angry crocodile, John MacKenzie is happy to accept most of the blame? After all he's taking money to promote the "Happy Smiling Croc" image to our unsuspecting tourists! Perhaps next will be a "Crocodile Petting Zoo". . . .
Apparently the owners of Duck About Tours, Rod Rush and Paul Appleton, weren't aware of the ginned-up hostility against crocs in Cairns, and that their promoter John MacKenzie was Ground Zero for crocodile extinction.
Perhaps Cr. Richie Bates will latch on to this issue and get the buses repainted with smiling flying foxes.
Oh wait, we hate them too!