Wednesday, 30 June 2010
The rise has been sanctioned by the Queensland Competition Authority, approved under the State Labor government
The Federal LNP candidate for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch says this is a reflection of the cost of living under Labor.
“For a family with an average quarterly power bill of $400, this Labor-induced price hike adds a further $53 to their bill. That is grossly unfair, given that it has been the utter incompetency of Labor that has forced these massive increases,” Warren Entsch says.
Entsch suggests that the increases will be even higher if Federal Labor is returned at the next election. He says that Queensland electricity increases would have been 50% higher if the flawed emissions trading scheme went ahead.
“These increases will hit low and middle income households hard. Before the election, Labor promised it would put downward pressure on the cost of living and this is what voters get – increases five times the Consumer Price Index which is currently 2.9%,” Warren Entsch said. "Whether it’s Kevin Rudd or Julia Gillard in charge, Labor promises are clearly worth nothing. They said they’d do something about petrol prices and came up with FuelWatch which would have increased prices for most motorists. Then they dropped it.”
“They said they’d do something about food prices and came up with GROCERYchoice which was useless. Then they dropped it," Warren Entsch says. "Now Julia Gillard has confirmed she will be setting a price for carbon which means those huge planned price rises will go even higher. And she’s committed to the mining tax which will, in effect, be another great big tax on everything,” Mr Entsch said.
“This is the reality of life under Labor – broken promises, useless policies, rising prices and massive debt.”
Regardless of who is to blame, this increase on the back of a rate rise by Cairns Regional Council, is going to impact everyone in the unemployment capital of Australia.
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
A week later, the Cairns Post, and various other media, tried to clamber over the prediction, but Council went into lockdown, preferring to gather time so they could muster their own explanation together (read spin).
Today they did exactly that.
This morning I was going to head into the high-security, all secret pre-budget meeting chinwag for media types, to trawl over numbers and get a free scone along with freshly-squeezed imported orange juice, but a nice extended breakie on the nard became a more enjoyable way to start the day.
I said last month, in light of a massive 13% electricity rise heading towards our letterboxes in four weeks time, like an out of control privatised Queensland Rail locomotive, on top of 11% unemployment, this rate rise will have a compounding effect on so many.
Council says today's rise puts Cairns and the region in a "sound future... delivering one of the lowest rate rises across the state of 5%."
Mayor Val Schier outlined her Council's fiscal plan that is "ambitious in its drive to improve the business of running Council while saving ratepayers’ money by applying strategies that do not involve a reduction in services."
“Council is in a tough position and deliberations on this year’s budget were long and arduous. We have shaved $11 million off the operating budget and worked hard to come up with a plan to maintain a high level of service for residents while keeping the necessary rate rise as low as possible,” Mayor Schier says.
“Our capital works budget is $110 million and despite paring it back, works will be focused on revitalising existing infrastructure and the construction of projects important to the region’s future.”
Over the next year, Council will spend $800,000 for the Port Douglas waterfront, $3 million for the Edmonton Multi-Purpose Centre, $4 million to restore the Sugarworld waterslides and $4.3 million on the Botanic Gardens visitor centre. $900,000 will be spent on festivals and events. On top of that, the Cleaner Seas Levy and sewer access charges will be combined and rise by 5%.
We will also see a rise in residential water charges of 5%, or seven cents per 1000 litres. Commercial water usage will not rise, aimed to assist businesses following the economic downturn. Most other Council fees will rise by 4%
Tomorrow morning I'm having a cuppa with Council CEO Lyn Russell. I wonder what we'll talk about? I might bring my own spare change.
Monday, 28 June 2010
The ABC Shop, located on level one, Cairns Central Shopping Centre, will open on Tuesday 6 July.
There'll be a dedicated children's area and "reading nook" as well as access to the ABC via TV, in-store radio and internet access.
The digital 'hub' will allow customers to around 10,000 ABC products. The store will also carry Blu-ray DVD, digital free-to-air television channels and the digital radio service information.
From Tuesday, there'll be opening specials and giveaways, live radio broadcast with Fiona Sewell from ABC Far North, and a special appearance from Postman Pat.
Saturday, 26 June 2010
This is the claim of the two domestic airline players as they plan a code share agreement, ready in the next few months.
"Whether it's Blenheim to Broome or Tauranga to Townsville - ticketing, bag transfers and schedules could all be seamless," so reads the marketing hype.
Part of the plan is to use the combined resources to grow the 58 destinations across New Zealand and Australia, increase frequency and new direct routes.
Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue are still seeking regulatory approval to create the new alliance on the trans-Tasman route. They says it will allow both to "strengthen their competitive offering and to collaborate on future route planning," as well as code sharing. This hopefully means cheaper airfares, more flights, and better connections to places we want.
It is expected that approval will be granted before Christmas.
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Electronic Frontiers Australia says the change has been sneaked in under the radar without any public consultation about the massive privacy issues. "It's hard to fathom what the pressing concern could be that requires Australia to quiz every entrant to the country on their pornography habits, as if visitors would be aware of the nuances of the Australian classification scheme," Colin Jacobs says.
It attracted derision and mirth led by former Cairns Post editor Andrew Webster, however the inaugural Cairns Ukulele Festival is looking to a unique, if not surprise hit with locals.
The festival has already attracted interest from across the country and abroad. World-renowned ukulele artists, Hawaii-born Jason Arimoto and USA mainland born The Jumpingflea will both perform.
A highlight of the programme is the Great Adventures Ukulele Island Gig on Friday July 2nd at Green Island.
The programme has a great weekend line up and includes...
- 25th June - Opening Art Exhibition
28th June - Ukulele Building Course
1 July – Uke in the pub
2nd July - Great Adventures Ukulele Island Gig + screening of Mighty Uke
3rd July - Free performances in the CBD, and Esplanade, world record attempt
4th July - Performances, workshops, markets at the Tanks Arts Centre
- Cairns Ukulele Festival on Facebook
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Thousands of payment statements from Minister's credit cards from 2003 have been released. They included the-minister Shane Jones, who used his government credit card to watch porn movies in hotels, saying he "lost the plot".
"The reality is I watched blue movies, I'm not going to deny it," he has said. "I've dug a hole for myself and it could well prove to be my grave."
Others were exposed for paying for a spa in hotels, flowers for their partners, dinners and drinks, and even golf clubs and umbrella, and a massage.
Qantas will be attending the Jobs Expo at the Cairns Showgrounds this Friday, with interest from local employers and training organisations expected to be strong.
Local Federal MP Jim Turnour is also asking key Ministers to attend Jobs Expo.
"Cairns is the only city in Australia to get a second [job] expo so it is great to have major companies like Qantas on board as well as many local operators," Turnour said. "After a very difficult 18 months for the region, airlines were returning to Cairns and seat capacity was on the rise; a positive sign the Tropical North was rebuilding."
Jim has a local free-call number to telephone his, or rather our, electorate office. The number is 1300 301 917. However mobile numbers are banned from ringing it.
"The number you have dialled is not available from a mobile phone," so says the message when you call. What Job seeker doesn't use a mobile? You'll have to call 4051 2220 instead.
Doesn't have a nice ring to it.
The Shop for Cairns' Kids campaign run by Cairns Central, and Scholar Dollars run by Smithfield Shopping Centre, are both community-focused promotions to financially support local primary schools. Both have been the target of suggested foul play and deceitful practices by participants.
Over the last month, school-loyal shoppers have been dropping off their store receipts by the hundreds so their local primary school can grab cash prizes of up to $10,000. Each time a customer makes a purchase at either shopping centre, their receipts gain ‘points’ for their nominated school.
Dexus, the managing company behind Smithfield, has had to intervene to change the rules and prevent some innovative, if not cheeky shoppers from presenting multiple shopping dockets, that didn't belong to them.
Desperate mum's and children have been stalking customers in the car park, asking for their receipts, outside Dan Murphy's Liquor on Friday nights, and and asking for their receipts.
"We found that a few schools were standing out in the carpark asking people for their receipts," Smithfield Centre marketing manager, Deborah McKilligan told CairnsBlog. "We felt that that was against the spirit of the competition. We saw that was soliciting people and so we amended the rules, as was our right. We informed all the schools to please not do that."
"To be fair, it wasn't against the conditions, more against the spirit. The schools that did that, had to be commended on their initiative. It's been interesting to watch the more competitive schools have really found different ways to go around and get people behind them," Deborah McKilligan said.
CairnsBlog can also reveal that some staff in supermarket chains Coles and Woolworths have been printing duplicate receipts and taking them to the customer service desk to boost their nominated school. Deborah McKilligan said they having been accepting duplicate shopping receipts. "We've also spoken to the supermarkets to make sure this doesn't happen."
Some schools have put street banners up in their neighbourhood, letterbox dropped, and even door-knocked every house in their suburb, encouraging shoppers to support them.
McKiligan is unsure if the campaign has increased revenue for local stores, however acknowledges the exercise has been a success on other levels.
"I think as a community engagement exercise, it's been quite good."A spokesperson from Cairns Central, says they haven't had many problems with the way people were participating in the campaign, however was aware of the tricks people play, and has tightened up the rules. Anna, who has run a similar campaign in another State, says she's seen it all before.
"The mum's and dad's get smart. They stand outside grab all the dockets from the mothers. However we worked a way through that so people didn't bring in a fist-full of dockets," Anna said. "Because the smart schools, that's the way to go."
The Smithfield promotion, which has run for 10 weeks, has Caravonica and Yorkeys Knob State schools neck in neck, with Trinity Anglican at Kewarra Beach, a distant third place. There's $10,000 up for grabs, with $2,500 and $1,000 for second and third places.
Taking the lead in Cairns Central is McDonnell Creek, followed by Bartle Frere; St Rita's Catholic; Aloomba; Kairi; Freshwater Christian; Alexandra Bay; Radiant Life; Machans Beach; and St Francis Xavier. A prize pool of $35,000 will be shared among the top ten.
A school principal on the Northern Beaches said the vigor of the campaign reflected to a degree, the tight economic climate that Cairns has been facing.
"I think people are finding it very difficult [financially] and even for funding extras at our school, it's impossible, so we see this in fund-raising," he said.
Robert Pyne has had hundreds of calls from locals, upset that the waterpark will be closed indefinitely, pending a study into the future of the leisure park.
Many simply want the slides repaired and reopened in time for the next season.
If the original motion is dropped, Pyne will seek support to move immediately to seek out suppliers to replace the four wateslides that are deemed unsuitable and in need of replacement.
It is also believed that the $4 million believed to be allocated in the 2010/11 budget, could be halved, and this could sway many to support the alternative motion.
In light of the expected 5% general rate rise, this could be a wise move for Council.
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
A development application for the hillslope overlooking Palm Cove is being submitted by CANAS Pty Ltd.
This is the second time that this application has come before Council, with the first application being refused.
During 2008, CairnsBlog exposed through a series of revealing videos with local environmentalist Terry Spackman, appalling land management of the steep hillside slope. Council were slow to act and every drop of vegetation was removed, with few adequate sediment traps protecting run-off into the adjoining creek system.
Officers have again recommended refusal, but those wishing to make sure that this happens, should contact their Councillors today.CairnsBlog on YouTube - Foley Road Development -
Monday, 21 June 2010
Aidan McLindon, Member for Beaudesert, says Wendy Richardson has a wealth of knowledge about issues that are important to the residents of Far North Queensland.
"She is acutely aware of what is desperately needed in this beautiful part of Queensland," McLindon says. "She has twice been a candidate in previous state elections, and in fact, at the last election, beat the current Labor Member, Steve Wettenhall, on primary votes."
"Wendy has a unique skill set and an unwavering motivation to seeing Queensland get back on track."
Richardson, who resigned from the LNP in May, said that she was excited and optimistic about the future of Queensland now that there was a third political dynamic.
"This party has been born out of the community's immense dissatisfaction with the two existing parties and their lack of real representation. It will succeed because it will be founded on a commitment to integrity and ethical behaviour," Wendy Richardson says. "It also has a central belief in the need for a member of Parliament to represent their electorate first and foremost, even over and above their party where necessary. And it exists to represent the people, which is the most important point to me".
Richardson believed that McLindon had the balance right when it came to matters that were important to Queenslanders.
“It is time for Queensland to be the first priority – this is what is needed, and this is what The Queensland Party will deliver. Steve Wettenhall has failed to be an advocate for the people of Barron River. North Queensland will no longer tolerate being taken for granted".
"There is only one set of people I want to be answerable to – the voters," Wendy Richardson says.
Morris believes that a Howard government would never have done put such substantial investment in public housing.
"Housing is a fundamental human right," Fred Morris says. "There were red herrings like air conditioning or parking. Then they try to profile us [public housing tenants] against others that are above us in their wealth or status." Fred Morris says.
"The other side of this argument got caught out. They said this area is too expensive, we can't have them here. They were only hiding what was behind them."
Fred said there was an under-lying racism that was often behind arguments from some angry locals.
"We needled them for weeks before one fella from Palm Cove came out and said, 'Alright, I'll tell you. It's a black thing.' "
"If you want the social housing for those that are less well-off than the rest, a conservative government will never do that. It's always a socialist government that will support this. It's a cold hard fact," Fred Morris says. "I was born in public housing. Therefore my mum was in public housing. My children have been in public housing, so we've got a generation that is built on a culture of this."
Fred Morris at Trinty Park, Bluewater - Part 1
Fred Morris at Palm Cove - Part 2
Native Title holders want the legislation overturned and have lodged a writ in the High Court of Australia claiming it is invalid and racially discriminating.
Mr Entsch said he had been campaigning in support of the Traditional Owners since the Wild Rivers legislation was first declared.
"I am disgusted at the way indigenous communities and other Cape York residents, attempting to develop social and economic futures for themselves, had been effectively sidelined by a centralist and paternalistic Labor state government who have allowed policy to be developed by the Wilderness Society, a southern-based extremist group masquerading as an environmental organisation," Warren Entsch said today.
Entsch says he's appalled at the way many communities had their pleas for effective consultation ignored by a Labor Government that had secretively “done a deal with the devil.”
“I have given a commitment to the people of Cape York that I will fight this draconian legislation. By his silence, the current Federal member [Jim Turnour] had been complicit in the deal that has seen so many people in so many communities have their potential for economic and social opportunity ripped from them," Warren Entsch says.
“We in the LNP have been supportive of the traditional owners to the extent that we’ve had Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, to the far North on three separate occasions this year to support the case they’re mounting."
Entsch says Abbott has done his part by tabling a Private Members Bill to overturn the legislation.
“We’re awaiting the outcome of a Senate Committee’s investigation into the matter, however we’re not at all confident given that it’s a Labor Party dominated committee,” Entsch says. “We’re concerned that the inquiry has been deliberately manipulated to ensure the outcome is favourable to the extreme green complexion so desired by Labor in the lead up to the Federal Election.
“In fact I’d go so far as to say that the entire process has been orchestrated in cahoots with the Wilderness Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation,” Warren Entsch says.
There were 33 written submissions presented. 26, or around or 80%, were directly favourable to Abbott’s Private Members Bill or otherwise advocated strengthening of Native Title and indigenous land rights.
Entsch says that the legal case was an important constitutional matter and needed to be properly dealt with.
"Given this, the Federal Government in particular, should be funding this as an important test case."
Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Cairns Police on 40307000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or Crime Stoppers 24hrs a day.
Crime Stoppers is a charitable community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.
Attempted robbery, Parramatta Park:
Detectives are investigating the attempted robbery of a 25-year-old woman on Saturday night. The woman was riding her bicycle along Martyn Street when she was approached by two men who pushed her from her bicycle and attempted to steal her handbag. The victim screamed out and the two offenders then ran off along Gatton Street. She sustained minor bruising and grazing as a result of the incident. The men are described as being dark skinned and aged approximately 17 years.
Man charged over traffic crash:
A 24-year-old Edmonton man was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle yesterday after investigations into a traffic crash at Freshwater on April 10. It is alleged that at about 2.00pm on that date the man lost control of his Holden sedan near the intersection of Corkill Street and Old Freshwater Road causing it to collide with a power pole. He is scheduled to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on July 9.
High range drink drivers continue to create concern:
Smithfield Police were called to the scene of a traffic crash at the intersection of Machans Beach Access Road and Christensen Street at Machans Beach at about 5.30am on Saturday. It is alleged that a 26-year-old local man returned a breath alcohol reading of 0.195%. He was charged with driving a motor vehicle whilst under the influence of liquor or a drug and is due to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on July 8.
In another concerning incident, a 57-year-old Palm Cove woman is due to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on July 5 after being intercepted her on the Captain Cook Highway at about 11.40 pm on Friday. The woman allegedly returned a breath alcohol reading 0.165% after Mossman Police allegedly observed her north-bound vehicle being driven erratically. She was charged with driving a motor vehicle whilst under the influence of liquor or a drug.
Edmonton Police plead with residents to secure vehicles:
Thieves hit a number of soft targets in Mt Sheridan over the weekend and all too easily made off with property. A laptop computer, headphones and cigarettes were stolen from an unlocked vehicle after the garage door had been left open at a Melville Close residence overnight on Saturday.
In another similar incident at Mt Sheridan on Saturday night, thieves stole a wallet, a music player, shoes and a backpack from unlocked vehicle in Bromley Close.
Edmonton Police are also investigating the attempted theft of a Nissan sedan from an Alderman Street residence early on Sunday morning. Thieves entered the unlocked vehicle and rolled it out onto the street before being disturbed and running off.
Cairns Regional Councilor Rob Pyne, who had thrown his support behind the NQP, has recently distanced himself from the organisation, and indicating he may not have further involvement.
Pyne, who was a member of Val Schier's Cairns 1st Alliance in the lead up to the 2008 local body elections, but went it alone and toppled then Deputy Mayor Terry James for the Division 3 seat, has long advocated to be an independent. He has also detached himself from his Labor roots. Critics of Pyne, say he is becoming a populist politician.
Aidan McLindon arrives back in Cairns this morning for a two day visit, and will seek formal public support from former LNP candidate, Wendy Richardson, who is yet to announce joining the party.
Richardson has said she will contest the Barron River seat as an independent at the next State election in 2012. She is also tipped for a senior role in the new party.
A former adviser to the Leader of the Opposition, who resigned after being appalled at the lack of direction of the LNP, is also set to join The Queensland Party. Jessica Christmas, who resigned in May after warning that "insanity" prevailed in the opposition leader's office, says she is delighted to join the party.
"Aidan has shown courage and conviction in terms of his vision for Queensland", Christmas says. "It is a refreshing change to see someone who is determined to put Queensland first and that is why I have decided to join the new Party".
Christmas says that in recent weeks, many disenfranchised members of the LNP had communicated to her their increasing support in relation to The Queensland Party. The Mt Coot-tha State Electoral Council Chair, Peter Hamilton, has also recently quit the LNP.
Sunday, 20 June 2010
- Eleven Unsung Heroes of Early Rock and Roll
Publisher: Dick Stewart
The Lance Monthly Press, 2010
SUBTITLED Historic Contributions by Artists You Never Heard Of, rock musician/journalist Dick Stewart’s new book is my kind of read - and it should be all lovers of rock'n'roll.
Not only is it concerned with the golden era of rock, Eleven Unsung Heroes opens the vaults of history and retrieves authentic pioneers from that wonderful era.
While you may not have heard of the likes of Jack Ely, Keith McCormack, Sonny Curtis, Sonny West or Larry Knechtel, you will know the music where their creative contribution was significant.
If the titles of such old hits of the 1960s like “Louie Louie”, “Sugar Shack”, “Wheels” and “I Fought the Law” don’t immediately ring a bell, check them out on YouTube. You will know them when you hear them.
Perhaps the best known of the “Unsung Heroes” of the title is the King of the Fuzz Guiar, Davie Allan, who I have written about previously. A virtually anonymous session musician for Mike Curb’s record labels in the 1960s, Davie’s influential soundtrack for Roger Corman’s The Wild Angels set the standard for cycle cinema despite the fact he didn’t get an on-screen credit.
The film’s instrumental theme, “Blues Theme”, was a huge hit for Davie and his music was a mainstay on several iconic films of that time such as Wild in the Streets, The Glory Stompers and Devil’s Angels.
Influential rock producer Curb’s surname suits him for his has curbed Davie’s career for the best part of the past 50 years. Stewart acknowledges this, but tries to see things Curb’s way: “Curb was and still is a very busy man. And, like all record producers of note past and present who agonise over the very short life span of their product, he has focused from the very beginning of his career on projects that he feels best serves his needs monetarily, no matter how it might make others feel.”
Despite the setbacks, Davie is going strong with concerts and recordings to this day, most recently Retrophonic, and some of his ’60s tracks are used in Quentin Tarantino’s recent pictures.
Jack Ely from Portland, Oregon, the “home of frat rock” (think National Lampoon’s Animal House), was one of the original Kingsmen.
The band’s cover of Richard Berry’s “Louie Louie”, featuring what Stewart describes as Ely’s controversial unintelligible vocalisation”, was a sensation. A huge hit, its cult status was enhanced when fans tried to comprehend the lyrics and imagined there was swearing and smut going on. Even the FBI investigated the lyrics during, one imagines, a brief lull in the Cold War.
Check out YouTube for a fairly accurate transcription of the songs nonsensical words.
Guitarist/singer Sonny Curtis from Buddy Holly’s The Crickets wrote the Bobby Fuller Four hit, “I Fought the Law”, the Everly Brothers’ “Walk Right Back” and, in the 1970s, the theme for the popular TV series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Jimmy Torres, a member of the almost forgotten guitar band, the String-A-Longs. Legendary record producer Norman Petty gave the band its awful name, but they were hitmakers in the 1960s, especially “Wheels” which is now a standard.
Singer/songwriter Robert Kelly, who wrote songs for Gene Vincent, performed between the strip acts at Jack Ruby’s nightclubs in Dallas. (Jack Ruby? Yes, Lee Harvey Oswald’s killer).
“He (Ruby) was a bisexual,” Kelly tells Stewart, “so he would bring the strippers from the nightclub so all the guys would come around, and then he would hit on them.”
Sonny West co-wrote “Rave On” and “Oh Boy!” for himself, but they become classics for Buddy Holly. Guitarists George Tomsco and Keith McCormack were members of the Fireballs, an early surf guitar band.
They hated the catchy riff producer Norman Petty added to “Sugar Shack” and thought the song would fail, but today it’s the riff we remember so well.
An interesting addition to the “Unsung Eleven” is country and western musician and music salesman Clyde Hankins who didn’t especially like rock’n’roll. He nurtured such talents as Buddy Holly and Sonny Curtis and probably sold Holly his first Fender Stratocaster.
Los Angeles keyboardist Larry Knechtel was a prolific session musician throughout the 1950s to the 1970s recording with Elvis, the Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Papas, the Ventures, Simon and Garfunkel (on “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”), Nancy Sinatra, Jerry Garcia, Sting, the Dixie Chicks and many more.
If you ever meet this bloke, you will only be about two degrees from just about every rock star in America. Rounding out the book is Buddy Holly and the Crickets’ drummer Carl Bunch.
Eleven Unsung Heroes is the kind of book that will dog-ear quickly. I keep it handy when I surf through YouTube reacquainting myself with great old rock songs and discovering ones I didn’t know about.
It doesn’t matter where you live in the world, you can order a first edition copy of Eleven Unsung Heroes of Early Rock and Roll from Dick Stewart’s website for the bargain price $25.
Not only that, Dick will personally sign it for you. Get rockin’ for a piece of unforgettable music history.
A swing of 25% to the Coalition and swings of 35% recorded at some polling booth. "Rudd is a dead man walking if this is anything to go by," says Carl Butcher.
- LABOR is facing political oblivion, with Premier Kristina Keneally having failed to woo angry western Sydney voters in Penrith.
In a devastating result for the State Government, Liberal candidate Stuart Ayres annihilated Labor, with former mayor John Thain suffering a two-party preferred swing of more than 25 per cent.
Across the polling booths, swings of up to 35 per cent were recorded in favour of the Coalition as voters turned their back on Labor. Labor needs to lose only six seats to hand government to the Coalition.
I still like a more intelligent approach to using and abusing our limited natural resources. The waste culture we have embraced over the last 20 years, in excessive and needless packaging for one example, is extraordinary. There's no doubt that some much pollution could have been avoided.
Rudd's stalling of his climate emissions tax, created a political ice age on the debate. Now it seems the other hot potato, Labor's internet filter, will also be shelved until after the Federal election.
Needless to say, the flat earth society folk like our very own Lance Royce will wet their pants over this little tale. Grab a Sunday morning cuppa before you turn The Insiders on...
- "All of you out there across the globe who have fought so hard to tackle the hideous enemy of our planet, namely carbon emissions, you know ....that bogus god you worship of “Climate Change” or “Global Warming” ....well, I feel it is necessary to inform you of some bad news. It really does pain me to have to bring you this disappointing information.
Okay, here's the bombshell. The volcanic eruption in Iceland, since its first spewing of volcanic ash has, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet - all of you even One Hung Lo and Ooo Flung Dung in China.
Of course you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to suppress - it’s that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow and to synthesise into oxygen for us humans and all animal life.
I know, I know.... (group hug)...it's very disheartening to realise that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of: driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up till midnight to finish your kid's "The Green Revolution" science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home instead of Bali, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your $1 light bulbs with $10 light bulbs ....well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just four days.
The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth's atmosphere in just four days - yes - FOUR DAYS ONLY by that volcano in Iceland, has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast, carbon. And there are around 200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud any one time - EVERY DAY.
Oh, I don't really want to rain on your parade too much, but I should mention that when the volcano Mt Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race had emitted in its entire 40 MILLION YEARS on earth. Yes folks, Mt Pinatubo was active for over one year - think about it.
Of course I shouldn't spoil this touchy-feely tree-hugging moment and mention the effect of solar and cosmic activity and the well-recognised 800-year global heating and cooling cycle, which keep happening, despite our completely insignificant efforts to affect climate change.
I'm so sorry. And I do wish I had a silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud but the fact of the matter is that the bush fire season across the western USA and Australia this year alone will negate your efforts to reduce carbon in our world for the next two to three years. And it happens every year.
Just remember that your government just tried to impose a whopping carbon tax on you on the basis of the bogus “human-caused” climate change scenario.
Hey, isn’t it interesting how they don’t mention “Global Warming” any more, but just “Climate Change” - you know why? It’s because the planet has COOLED by 0.7 degrees in the past century and these global warming bullshit artists got caught with their pants down.
But hey, grab a XXXX Gold and give the world a hug and have a nice day!
PS: I wonder if Iceland is buying carbon offsets? Ask Kevin Rudd, he has all the answers!!
Saturday, 19 June 2010
It is something that never gets policed, but is bloody annoying when you've got four lights coming towards you instead on the usual two.
Well, tonight, low and behold, Senior Constable Anthony Kirkham was busy pulling people over on the Northern Beaches, for exactly this.
"It's an offence," Kirkham said. "I'm just warning everyone tonight, but the fact is you're not allowed to use fog lights unless the [weather] condition is poor."
This is music to my eyes. I know many Cairns' drivers have slopped into this SDS syndrome to almost blind everyone in the approaching lane.
Flick em off you guys, or we'll flash our headlights at you. Dickhead.
A five-year licence will go from $73.30 to $96.05 after July 1st, then to $152.50 by 2014, making Queensland the highest-charging State. It's a 22% rise over last year, following a statewide 9.2% increase in fuel after the subsidy was removed.
The cost of other licences and cards will also go up, from learner's permits, boat licences and proof of age card (formerly 18+ card).
This follows a massive increase in vehicle registration, fuel tax, electricity charges... the list goes on.The licence increases are all to support a new digital driver's licence, which was to be a cost-neutral project but will now cost $110 million.
The online ePetition reads...
- "Queensland residents draw to the attention of the House the Government's proposal to double the cost of Queensland Drivers Licences to more than $150, making Queensland licences the most expensive in the Nation. These changes, along with hikes in vehicle registration costs, the new State fuel tax, and above CPI increases for tolls make Queensland the most expensive State in Australia to be a motorist."
To sign the petition, you must be a resident of Queensland and old enough to understand what is it you're are signing. This will exclude some politicians. The ePetition closes on 29th July 2010.
Friday, 18 June 2010
"With economic stimulus projects like school upgrades, social housing developments and road projects underway in the region, they were creating and supporting jobs in the region," Jim Turnour says. "Also, domestic and international flights into Cairns are on the rise."
“I’ve been working hard to attract new flights to Cairns; the government has provided additional marketing support and aviation regulatory reforms, and we are seeing positive results as a result of this.”
The latest tourism data released by the Australian Government shows Tropical North Queensland has outperformed the rest of Australia, increasing its share of domestic overnight tourism expenditure to 4% at a time when spending has remained flat at a national level.
Visitors to the region had the highest spend among Australia's top 20 destinations, and the average length of stay was six nights - higher than any other destination in the top 20.
A second Jobs Expo will be held in Cairns, following one in December that generated around 400 jobs.
The default leader and only sitting MP of the new party, Aidan McLindon, member for Beaudesert, who said at the party launch, we are faced with two options: one of incompetence and one of complacency, believes the current flawed political process is costing Queensland dearly as a result of minimal public and political scrutiny.
"Quite frankly, the people of this once great state have had a gutful of the political process as it stands", McLindon says. "These initiatives will underpin a parliamentary reform process that will ensure a return of accountability to this Parliament, and give the people of Queensland a real choice regarding the direction we are headed in."
The ambitious McLindon says that this is a unique opportunity for Queenslanders to change the political landscape as we now know it, "in order to see this magnificent state at its full potential." Do we really believe any polly can change the world for us? Certainly us folk in FNQ, suffering from wall-to-wall Labor pains, might be a bit cynical.
McLindon and his cohorts are striving for...
- The re-introduction of the Upper House to implement a real checkpoint of accountability. This model will not create an increase in politicians and will be different to the model that was abolished in 1922.
- Abolish the current electorate allowance system. This will be replaced with a more accountable method which will increase the transparency of allowances, and will include mechanisms to curb tax-payer funded political advertising.
- Work with local councils across the state to ensure the dumping of rubbish becomes cost-free within five years. This will be done by using existing fees and charges to fund the technology required to turn waste into sustainable and useful by-products.
- Amend the time limits that apply to speeches in Parliament. This will partly address the widespread public disengagement in the current parliamentary process.
- A "Royalties for Regions" approach to ensure that rural and regional Queensland get a fair share of mining royalties. This will ensure that frontline services are provided in these communities in the areas of health and education, in addition to essential services.
- An increase in vehicle registration to those convicted of driving offences. This would allow an offset for greater discounts for pensioners, and those who abide the laws.
Last year's event was a great success.
The tour runs from the Saturday 18th to Saturday 25th September.
Over eight days, this 520 km ride climbs through the World Heritage rainforest-covered mountains behind Cardwell, to Blencoe Falls, the Herbert River, Innot Hot Springs, Ravenshoe, Lake Tinaroo and through to Copperlode Dam, and back down to Cairns.
Half of the trip is is on sealed roads, and half on dirt roads, so you'll need a mountain bike or a touring bike with wider tyres.
The ride is a fundraising event for Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC), which will use monies raised to further their core objective, to protect and enhance the natural environment of far north Queensland, through conservation and ecological sustainability.
$540.00 (up to 30 June 2010).
$590 after 1 July 2010
$50 Rail Transfer Cairns to Cardwell
$300 up to 30 June.
$350.00 after 1 July
$50 Rail Transfer Cairns to Cardwell
7 - 12 yrs:
$50 Rail Transfer Cairns to Cardwell
Any questions, contact the ride co-ordinator, Su Groome.
Thursday, 17 June 2010
The John Mackenzie Hillbilly Watch is the work of Mick Glennie of Edge HiIl.
Mick says he was convinced to start the online forum after a bloke called "Jim from Caravonica" went on John Mackenzie's radio show last Friday, whilst Cairns Regional Council Mayor, Val Schier was his guest.
"He gave Mackenzie holy hell, accusing him of race baiting and community divisiveness," Mick Glennie says. "All true in my book."
"The caller specifically went after Mackenzie's 'poll' that indicated 90% of Cairns did not want the mayor's Performing Arts centre. As 'Jim' put it, Mackenzie's polls are biased because Mackenzie's listeners comprise 'only 300 hillbillies'," Mick says.
"Given Mackenzie's reaction, and his continued attack on 'Jim of Caravonica' since, I decided to start a blog to allow the community to highlight the untruths and 'hillbilly' comments continually given credence on this programme," Glennie says. "I don't know who 'Jim' is, but I have the greatest respect for his pointing out Mackenzie's continued ridiculous behaviour."
In his first posting, Mick Glennie asks readers to "post all John Mackenzie lies, mis-statements, racist comments" ...
- John Mackenzie is a "Cash for Comment" radio host in Cairns, Queensland on Radio Station 4CA.
He uses his program to bash those he doesn't like in State and Local Government, although on the occasion when he can snag an interview with the Premier or Federal Minister, he can't get down on his knees fast enough to show his appreciation.
He walks around the CBD sponging free meals off advertisers and potential advertisers, all of course tax free.
Mackenzie spent a week bashing Mayor Val Schier and her visionary plan to create a Performing Arts Precinct on the wharf, which included a "poll" of Mackenzie’s listeners.
On Friday, remarkably, a member of the arts community in Cairns - "Jim of Caravonica" called into the Mayor's hour and proceeded to support wholly the Mayor's vision, but also called Mackenzie’s so-called poll worthless and said "a poll of your 300 Hillbilly Listeners means NOTHING!"
Mackenzie has used his bully pulpit long enough.
He's been charged by ACMA on more than one occasion for his racial vilification, foul and abusive language, and most recently his lies regarding the "Cash for Comment", where he attempted to shake down Mayor Schier's council management for weekly payments just to allow the Mayor to take phone calls! A "public service" previously provided by 4CA for free, of course keeping in mind that the airwaves are owned by the public.
When you hear any disgusting or abusive remarks by Mackenzie, please write in and we'll post them!
Criticise public figures all you like, but after four years blogging away in this redneck paradise we call home - a year of that under a semi-Nazi state of Sargent Major Kevin Byrne - I''m a bit more street wise. I'm also careful with what I know is a fact, and what I think is a rumour. I hope Mick Glennie, who says he's in the telecommunications industry, is ready for the letter that may arrive from John's minders in the next few days. You can email him here.
All blogs in the great Cairns and Far North region, appear in the CairnsBlog Blogroll, found in the right-hand sidebar.
Many of the wallabies had joeys in their pouches. It is believed the wallabies were killed by uncontrolled dogs from neighboring homes.
So far, no witnesses have come forward.
Local laws officers from Cairns Regional Council are keen to hear any information. Telephone 4044 3044.
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
In late January, I released evidence of his latest business where yet again he was using the official Council mobile telephone to promote and market his private business. It sparked a large response from CairnsBlog readers.
Following my complaint, Council commissioned independent investigator Anthony Walsh to undertake a formal investigation. In what Walsh called "Operation Bottlebrush" he found that Blake had breached of the Moral Code of Conduct for Councillors.
- 'Councillors must conduct themselves in a way that promotes and maintains the public's trust and confidence in the local government and the good rule and government of its area...'
Meanwhile, the LNP have selected 20-year-old Wyatt Roy to run for Longman, probably the most marginal federal seats in Queensland.
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Cairns Police on 40307000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or Crime Stoppers 24hrs a day.
Crime Stoppers is a charitable community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.
Two men rescued, Torres Strait:
Two men diving on Kikaldie Reef in the Torres Strait were located safe and well by the rescue helicopter after their boat capsized on Sunday afternoon. It is believed the boat began to take on water and stalled while negotiating big seas at around 3pm. The men attempted to bail the water out of the boat before it capsized. The men activated an EPRIB and a smoke flare alerting the helicopter crew. They were recovered from the water at around 4.45pm.
Police officers assaulted, Badu Island:
A 24-year-old man has been charged following an alleged assault on two police officers at Badu Island on Saturday morning. The Senior Constables had arrested the Darnley Island man in relation to another matter when he allegedly became aggressive. The man allegedly punched one officer in the chest and then head butted the other in the forehead during the incident at around 5.50am. The man was charged with two counts of assault police and committing a public nuisance. He is due to appear in the Darnley Island Magistrates Court on August 23.
Police officer assaulted, Cairns Watchhouse:
A 25-year-old woman has been charged with serious assault after she allegedly spat at a police officer in the Cairns Watchhouse at around 1pm Sunday. The officer will undergo disease testing after the spittle allegedly hit her in the face. The Bungalow woman has been held in custody to appear at the Cairns Magistrates Court today.
Men charged over drug possession, Machans Beach:
Police have charged an 18-year-old Aeroglen man and a 29-year-old Machans Beach man with drug offences following a routine traffic stop in Machans Beach on June 12. Police intercepted the men in a vehicle on Machans Street at around 3.30am allegedly locating a quantity of drugs. The 18-year-old was charged with possessing a dangerous drug and the 29-year-old was charged with possessing a dangerous drug and producing a dangerous drug. They are due to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court June 28.
Public security reminder:
Police are again reminding home and vehicle owners to be vigilant with security after a spate of break and enter offences across the Cairns District over the long weekend. In most cases opportunistic thieves have gained entry to unlocked homes and vehicles before stealing property. Several vehicles were stolen over the weekend, in one case a set of spare keys was left in the vehicle enabling an easy get-away for thieves.
Police are currently looking for the following vehicle:
1. A green 1996 Hyundai Excel sedan bearing Queensland registration 512DKP stolen from Upward Street on June 14.
2. A white 1997 Holden Kingswood sedan bearing Queensland registration 469DCA stolen from Westcourt on June 14.
3. A red 1987 Holden Barina bearing Queensland registration 344KRE stolen from Cairns
Sunday, 13 June 2010
Saturday, 12 June 2010
"You may not be the one on camera but the person you interview can read and see whether or not you really want to be there. Send someone else next time WIN, Maybe Adam Marshall," Batzke said.
Yodie Batzke however praised the Post's Daniel Bateman.
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