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No one can say the ALP didn't know what kind of candidate they were getting. Pyne has never been a smooth operator - nor was his father, the revered Cairns Mayor Tom Pyne. Cut from the same cloth, Rob has had the same low-tolerance for political gamesmanship and has found his disdain for leadership limiting.
More importantly, Pyne's attitudes reflect the hostility Cairns voters, along with voters in many regional areas of Queensland, have developed towards the party leadership of both major parties. They exist to service primarily the Brisbane/Gold Coast corner of our state and have mostly given lip-service to the needs of a city like Cairns.
The realization came to Pyne that like Billy Gordon, Robbie Katter, and others in the far north, we are much better served by independent members of parliament.
Pyne bolted the ALP and has proven that he can still address the needs of the Cairns area as an independent as well as shine a light on the core of corruption that exists across our state.
In the last couple weeks the rats are well and truly in full scurry mode, with ALP leadership in Brisbane ordering the ALP flunkies into the street under the guise of a "spontaneous protest".
What a load of crap! You can't make this shit up.
Pyne this week was accused of enabling the "stalker of a female pregnant MP" (boo-hoo) into the Parliament building for public business. This Member for Keppel, Brittany Lauga, is a former Town Planner - a training ground for developer corruption. Her husband Wayne is a disgraced former employee of Hutchinson Builders, a major company in Queensland that includes significant government business. The so-called stalker was in fact acting as an independent journalist (much like us) that was working to expose widespread corruption in the construction of a new home for the Lauga's while Wayne was acting as "inside bagman" for the Member for Keppel. A classic scam in which cost overruns on their home were apparently "forgiven" by Hutchinson. Classic political corruption. A case that was being reported by the so-called stalker, Petros Khalesrad - and who Wayne Lauga as referred to as "that raghead cunt".
Mr. Khalesirad, a former "Young Queenslander of the Year" is a lawyer specialising in IT crime, and is fully entitled to enter the Parliament and any other government building he wishes. Despite the shrieking by Ms. Lauga, there was no breach of bail by Mr. Khalesirad during this incident, or ever as the Queensland Police Service have confirmed.
On the other hand, the Lauga's have a track record as brawlers, with at least two documented incidents of them being booted from local pubs with their drunken behaviour towards the other patrons (voters all).
The access by MP Pyne to Mr. Khalesirad was typical and not noteworthy, until Premier Palaszczuk, cajoled by ALP "black hands", decided to make it an issue.
Palaszczuk instructed local braindead ALP leadership to "get some protestors out in the front of Pyne's parliamentary office", and three blockheads were located and dispatched with their instructions that included what to write on their signs. One of the blockheads, Carolyn Unwin, was happy to push her son Cameron on the state parliamentary payroll two years ago. Cameron, a lazy millennial loser, couldn't bother to show up even for this make-work job that mummy got him. The other two blockheads had to be recruited from the electorate of Barron River, so angry are much of the ALP leaders in the seat of Cairns - who STILL support Pyne despite his defection to independent status. Craig Crawford in Barron River has been one of the most ineffectual lapdogs of Premier Palaszczuk and will likely be sent packing at the next election.
Corruption in the Cairns (non)Regional Council is rampant, with virtually all of the councillors having taken large developer contributions in the last TWO elections. Like in Ipswich, bags of cash changing hands are reportedly in full swing with much of the Council. Getting a CCC investigation in Far North Queensland is only a matter of time. Already we've seen Mayor Sleepy Manning, former Mayor Kevin "Hiding from the Paki's" Byrne, the Federal Minister for Bloggers Warren "Tranny" Entsch, and other recipients of developer largess circling the wagons. This isn't a party issue - as noted, the so-called defenders of the poor and disadvantaged in the ALP are mostly all living in $1M+ homes, far away from any reminders of these poor or disadvantaged.
Pyne has been systematically exposing these cretins to the light - Ipswich Mayor Paul "Bags o' Cash" Pisasale just the first of the clowns to be jailed. It is the corruption that is one of the major causes of regional areas always feeling "shortchanged".