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High power prices and renewable energy will finish off most industries

By Alan Moran, Saltbush Club and Cairnsnews,

Rio Tinto’s [Paywall] announced closure of its aluminium smelter in New Zealand due to uncompetitive power prices is a reminder of the vulnerability of Australia’s four remaining smelters, all of which face sharply higher prices courtesy of government energy policies. With energy costs comprising about a third of their total costs, smelters are industry’s bellwethers of future energy competitiveness and all four of Australia’s are on national suicide watch.

As a result of subsidies to wind and solar, these expensive and unreliable energy sources have caused high customer costs, both directly and indirectly, while also diverting the nation’s investment resources into avenues that actually damage the economy.

Amumina producer Rio Tinto Alcan has threatened to close its CQ Boyne Smelter over  extortionist power prices causing the loss of 3000 jobs. This would place Rio’s Weipa bauxite mine under a cloud.

The Queensland Labor Government”s suicidal rush to rely on 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030 will finish off any remaining industries that rely on base load power. Rio’s Tannum Sands aluminum smelter is struggling now with high power costs and has threatened to close down its Gladstone refinery and Boyne smelter if power charges don’t ease. This would result in the loss of more than 3000 jobs for its Gladstone  workforce.

Commonwealth and state subsidies for wind and solar energy are running at just under $7 billion a year. $4 billion of these are as a result of requirements imposed on consumers by the Commonwealth’s Renewable Energy Target, its similar provisions for roof-top installations and measures taken by state governments. Some $2 billion of assistance to renewables comes from direct subsidies.

The effect of these subsidies is compounded by their forcing out of production lower cost coal generators. As a result, prices are now double what they were three years ago, bringing the national damage to over $15 billion per year. The outcome is that from having the world’s lowest cost electricity we now suffer from being among the highest and our reliance on intermittent renewables has left supply increasingly precarious.

But it does not stop there. In order to accommodate the subsidised renewables, consumers are being required to spend vast sums to augment transmission links.

These expenditures are for two reasons. First, they are to allow the surplus from wind and solar during daytime peaks to be exported – a further subsidy to renewables. Secondly, they are to provide greater security for those regions, especially South Australia, which have become over-reliant on intermittent power, having jettisoned the in-state coal generators that provided stability and reliability. In addition, suffering from a disastrous Malcolm Turnbull thought bubble, we are in the process of converting the magnificent Snowy and Tasmanian hydro systems into quasi-batteries that will, at a cost of 30 per cent of their output, simply offset the inherent unreliability and intermittent nature of wind and solar. The Tasmanian link is likely to cost over $2 billion and Snowy2 will be far pricier than this.

At some future date we will ask how this was allowed to happen. How did we as a nation not only acquiesce in but actually finance the demise of our energy industry? Agenda 21 can provide the answers.

Obviously, the great sales pitch from the wind/solar subsidy seekers is part of the answer. That pitch promised low cost reliable electricity if only the government offered a few incentives as a bridge to this future. So also is the hysteria, on which the subsidy-seekers’ pitch partly rested, about global warming and the misinformation that this can be remedied by Australia abandoning the fossil fuels that still supply three quarters of our electricity.

But a great deal of the blame must be sheeted home to the bureaucracy, especially Treasury, formerly the gatekeeper to wasteful spending and the leader in combating other damaging proposals and policy stances. Forty years ago, under the legendary John Stone, the Commonwealth Treasury not only focused on paring back ministerial spending ambitions but was also the leader in reducing regulatory imposts – which were at that time mainly in the form of import tariffs.

Gradually Treasury has metamorphosed. Treasurers themselves, with the notable exception of Peter Costello, have been incapable of resisting the green interventionist advice that they have been offered.

Today the Treasury is headed by people who are wedded to accelerating an “inevitable” replacement of fossil fueled electricity generation to one dominated by wind, solar or some yet to be discovered alternative. Secretary Steven Kennedy was the author of the notorious 2008 Garnaut report with its panoply of taxes and new spending levers designed to transform the economy. The two senior Deputy Secretaries, Jenny Wilkinson and Meghan Quinn have also spent over a decade pressing for socialist carbon taxes and other interventions designed to push the economy in the directions they favour.

The coronavirus crisis offers an opportunity to turn back the tide before it engulfs the entire economy. Benefits include savings of over $2 billion in Commonwealth and state outlays presently wasted in direct support of renewables, a further $5 billion in regulatory forced transfers imposed on electricity customers and almost $10 billion in consequent increases in wholesale energy costs. In addition, there are the further outlays down the pike on new transmission lines and in converting the hydro schemes into renewable support facilities.

But the leading bureaucrats will not help in illuminating these opportunities and the Energy Minister is either incapable of persuading his colleagues to reverse course or he too is captive to the same environmentalist fervor.

Busting the ‘poor blackfella me’ myth

Aboriginal Australians are riding on the gravy train and based on 2016* figures released by the Productivity Commission, state and federal governments spent $33.4 billion on the indigenous industry for that year.

This equates to $44,886 for every Aborigine and Torres Strait Islander, or at least people claiming to be indigenous, compared to $22,356 each for non-indigenous citizens across the 150 expenditure categories.

https://www.pc.gov.au/research/ongoing/indigenous-expenditure-report/2017/ier-2017-indigenous-expenditure-report.pdf

Whatever way it is looked at, putting aside the crescendo of racist screams from the pseudo indigenous mob marching in the streets demanding more taxpayers money, indigenous people are twice as well off compared to non-indigenous in financial terms.

Indigenous Australians plundering the public purse get twice as much as non-indigenous

If we take Cape York Peninsula, home to about 5000 Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, their living conditions are exactly what they choose.

The 14 isolated Peninsula and Gulf local government communities have more than double per capita spent on them than the rest of Australia. There they have well-funded government programs of every shape and size which have been ongoing for more than 40 years.

There are many thousands of government bureaucrats, quangos and NGO staff running these programs which are in the hundreds and too many to publish in this format, even if we could find all of them.

Housing and health consume much of the total annual budget. There are a dozen Aboriginal and Islander health organisations with offices in Cairns and every remote community including the Torres Strait. They operate large fleets of cars and buses all assigned with fuel cards.

The federal government is spending $4 billion over the next four years on the Indigenous Australian Health Program.

Another $90 million for primary health care was committed on July 1.

Indigenous Healthcare services for Queensland cost the taxpayer $1, 670.9 billion in 2016.

The hospitals and clinics in these communities are equipped with the latest medical equipment and staffed by well-trained black and white nurses and doctors.

There are five Queensland Ambulance Service bases across the Peninsula boasting some of the best trained staff in the country.

Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft and doctors are continually servicing Aboriginal communities across the north, running regular clinics and transporting injured or sick patients to Cairns Base hospital on a daily basis.

A festering point of contention among Cape York residents is priority of patients for medical emergencies.

Although the Royal Flying Doctor Service will not admit it, pastoralists and other inhabitants claim Aborigines get priority over them for emergency medical evacuation flights.

Perhaps flights are prioritised on a financial basis? Which patient attracts the best contribution?

Housing for remote communities between 2008 and 2018 cost taxpayers more than $1 billion.

An election promise of another $105 million is expected to roll out over the next 12 months for remote northern indigenous housing.

The building industry benefits greatly from housing construction across the north where the average cost of a three bedroom dwelling is about $600,000. This does not include land.

In spite of continual drug and alcohol induced rioting at the Aurukun Aboriginal community, which saw six of these expensive homes burnt down last year, the capitulating Queensland Government is busy rebuilding them at great expense. These dwellings could easily be burnt down again in the ongoing warfare among the five community tribes.

Nationally, Indigenous Education and Training expenditure for the 2016 financial year was $5.776 billion, with Queensland’s share in 2016 costing $1,463.5 billion.

Every northern indigenous community has a modern school which is the envy of every teacher outside of the Far North. Technology has not been spared in these schools and most indigenous students, that is those who attend, are whiz-kids when it comes to mobile phone and internet ability.

The federal government in response to the Covid 19 destruction of the national economy is paying the displaced workforce of more than one million employees $1500 per fortnight to sit on their bums at home.

Dole payments have been doubled from $540 a fortnight to more than $1000 a fortnight which has provided a booze bonanza for many Aborigines lounging around on their boasted “sit down money.”

Is it any wonder most industries and farmers cannot get employees back to work?

Those who cry “poor blackfella me” should crawl back under their rocks.

* Latest figures available

The biggest disappointment in the family is not me

The Labor Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui has spent months of her time putting together legislation to enshrine Torres Strait Islander adoption tradition into law while motorists are being killed on the neglected streets of the largest town in her electorate.

Lui, from Yam Island in the Torres Strait, controversially moved her office from Mareeba, out of the electorate to Cairns earlier this year, leaving the lower half of Cook without representation.

Cook MLA Cynthia Lui has dumped 22,000 constituents from the bottom half of her electorate

She said constituents from the Torres Strait found it hard to contact her in Mareeba, one hour’s drive from Cairns.

She relocated the office to the Commonwealth Centre in Cairns to enable a handful of Torres Strait constituents to meet with her after arriving on subsidised flights from Horn Island.

Ms Lui has dumped the 22,000 residents of Mareeba and Douglas Shires leaving them without state representation.

A spokesman for the largest traditional owner group in the Torres Strait told Cairnsnews the child-rearing practices bill introduced by Ms Lui on Thursday into State Parliament was actually related to an Aboriginal custom and not that of Torres Strait Islanders.

Ms Lui has had an electorate office on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait ever since she was elected.

Meanwhile a female motorcyclist was killed in an accident on congested Byrnes Street in Mareeba on Tuesday when a four wheel drive vehicle drove into the rear of her stationary motorcycle while trying to turn into a service station.

Mareeba has been suffering extreme traffic congestion as thousands of tourist vehicles converged on the arterial main street bottleneck this week, heading north after Covid restrictions were lifted.

The Tablelands’ first set of traffic lights, recently erected at a major intersection in the CBD have caused chaos with local traffic forming long queues during peak hours.

Successive State Governments have refused to construct a heavy vehicle, main street bypass, gazetted for 35 years, to divert hundreds of large trucks driving through the CBD each week while parked cars and converging traffic play Russian roulette with smelly semi-trailers full of Cairns rubbish or others carrying dangerous goods.

A heavy vehicle bypass would have enabled The Main Roads Department to leave the large roundabout intact. The Labor government took the soft option of installing lights for $3.5 million instead of building a more expensive bypass.

Federal Member Bob Katter last week opened an office in Mareeba. He says his staff will help to fill the electoral void left by Ms Lui.

Mr Katter said he was “moving heaven and earth” to get funding for the construction of a heavy vehicle bypass, stipulating the work should go only to local contractors.

China has been given access to the entire Queensland electoral roll by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

The Queensland Government has been accused of exposing voters to a massive security breach by allowing Chinese-based coders to write critical software for the Queensland Electoral Commission.

While Australia and the United States kicked out the Chinese Huawei IT company, brainless state Labor Party politicians expose the entire voting population to identity theft, bank fraud, and every other aspect of corruption the communists can dream up by allowing China in.

Sky News presenter Peta Credlin dropped the IT bomb on Friday claiming the outsourcing of coding gives China access to the electoral roll and 2,826,613 names, addresses and dates of birth of Queensland residents.

It could make accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election look like a Facebook discussion.

China effectively could manipulate the result of the upcoming state election, which should raise the hackles of the unions and Deep State operatives within the QEC.

Pauline Hanson lost the state seat of Lockyer at the 2015 state election due to fraudulent postal votes.

For decades the unions have been instrumental in large scale voting manipulation, aided and abetted by QEC sleepers, which has changed the result in marginal seats.

Postal voting is the latest method of voting fraud as Pauline Hanson could attest when she narrowly lost the seat of Lockyer in 2015 by a handful of suspected fraudulent postal votes.

Channel 9 reported on the election:

“One Nation’s Pauline Hanson is having a bigger than expected impact in the seat of Lockyer.

With 77 per cent of the votes from Saturday’s state election counted, Ms Hanson had 6974 primary votes (27.3 percent), ahead of Labor’s Steve Leese (6366 or 24.93 per cent).

Sitting LNP Ian Rickuss was ahead with 8596 (33.65 percent), but had suffered a significant swing against him.

The two-candidate preferred breakdown on the Queensland Electoral Commission website has Ms Hanson ahead with 54.6 per cent compared to Mr Rikuss’ 45.3, but that figure is based on only five of the 61 booths.

ABC’s election analyst said Ms Hanson is leading on a swing of 18 per cent in those five booths.”

The counting stretched out for nearly two weeks as postal votes dribbled in. During the counting, for example,  Ms Hanson was ahead with 100 votes then the next day150 postal votes would arrive. Conversely the next day she would again be ahead by 75 votes then the next day she would be losing by 120 votes just delivered by the postman, ad infinitum.

This went on until the counting finished causing Ms Hanson to lose the race.

The Queensland Marxist government like Premier “Red” Dan Andrews in Victoria, bows and scrapes to China but there is only so much people can take.

Voters will not get a clean election result until the state government orders a physical habitation check of every Queensland household to be undertaken by interstate, independent inspectors and overseen by a retired interstate judge.

 

Undercover Covid-cops raid Qld pub terrorising patrons and publican with a $6672 fine

from Townsville Bureau

Only 2 recorded Covid cases in Brisbane, Queensland as of today

Katter’s Australian Party leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter has called for the Police Minister to intervene after struggling outback Queensland pubs were slapped with fines at the weekend for breaching COVID-19 social distancing rules.

Mr Katter said it was beyond outrageous that the Palaszczuk Labor Government was presiding over a system that hits outback businesses in the hip-pocket, but gives a free pass to 30,000-plus BLM people attending a single protest in downtown Brisbane.

He is now calling for Police Minister Mark Ryan, or the Premier, to overturn the fines in the interest of community fairness and decency.

Royal Hotel in Roma, Western Queensland hit by undercover Covid-cops terrorising the public and publican with “jackboots” and a $6672 fine, desperately needed by the bankrupt Labor Government (ABC)

“Rural, regional and remote Queensland had been among the hardest hit locations economically during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite many areas not recording a single positive case of the virus,” he said.

“We have been saying all along that it is nonsensical for the outback to be persecuted under the same rules as the city, and now we are seeing this unfairness in reverse.

“The bush has been grossly and unfairly targeted – what are they trying to achieve here?”

According to the ABC, Queensland Police confirmed three businesses at Roma, Injune and Wallumbilla had been fined during a ‘police sting’ where plain-clothes officers were not asked for contact details, and because social distancing was not properly enforced. [1]

Kennedy MP Bob Katter said the weekend’s events were another example of regional Queensland bearing the burden of the south-east corner.

Here it is folks, the first round fired in the upcoming Covid wars where you will need a Covid pass in your pocket to go to public events, cafes, restaurants, public buildings, driving your car and of course now pubs. Welcome to Queensland the police state. “The brainless Chief Health Officer and even more intellectually deficient Premier have been given a truck load of medical evidence from some of the best epidemiologists in the world saying ‘social distancing’ is unnecessary and does not prevent infection by a virus. It is a part of the WHO and Deep State agenda for mass tracking Covi-Pass Immunity Passports and massive 5G facial recognition programs to be rolled out world-wide as espoused by Bill Gates,” Editor

“Once again Brisbane is applying ridiculous rules to regional Queensland that should only apply to the metropolis,” Mr Katter Snr said.

“I mean oh ghee, we’ve had a huge coronavirus outbreak in the town of Injune – the only area that ever needed quarantining was Brisbane. The only cases we got were the ones they sent us.

“Some 150 doctors signed a petition calling for regional areas to be protected off.

“There was never a case for the draconian lockdowns and the destruction of the economy of every regional Queensland town.

“As Slim Dusty’s song goes, ‘I’ve got the pub and general store what’s the use in anymore.’

This is what you will need by 2022 to drive your car or to travel anywhere in Australia or the world, all based on the Coronahoax believed by a lot of dumbed-down Aussies.(MPN News)

“Close the pub and there is no town – it is the very existence of these communities; these pub owners have already suffered a huge financial burden during the last four months, so this could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

“The local coppers traditionally have known policing needs the cooperation of the people.

“This piece of jackbooted Brisbane-ism will be remembered.”

[1] “Roma pub owner criticises plain-clothes Queensland Police officers for COVID-19 fine”, ABC News, June 30, 2020, Retrieved from: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-30/pub-slams-social-distancing-fine-from-plainclothes-police/12403858?fbclid=IwAR0Wi9pFTx5xakWGXUIGIEzXpI15Dyo7wOERgij GGOvFYdXxkF6UghNEvTc

Melbourne: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-30/coronavirus-live-news-covid-victoria-lockdown-queensland-border/12403274

 

Labor branch stacking and electoral fraud in Victoria tip of the iceberg – in Qld it’s an art form

by Robert J Lee

Labor branch stacking comes hand-in-hand with false electoral roll entries but the Murdoch media and the ABC have not included this corruption in their reporting of branch-stacking imperator and Victorian MP Adem Somyurek.

For decades the ALP has perfected the art of branch and electoral roll stacking. Evidence the inquiry into Queensland voting fraud when Labor imprimatur Mike Kaiser had been caught out fiddling with the electoral roll which sparked the Shepherdson Inquiry into Electoral Fraud.

An April 2001 report presented the results of the independent Inquiry by the Honourable Tom Shepherdson, QC, into allegations of electoral fraud.

The Inquiry was prompted when a member of the Australian Labor Party, Karen Lynn Ehrmann, made serious public allegations about the possibility of electoral fraud by members of the Queensland branch of the ALP.

Queensland Labor imprimatur Mike Kaiser has not been left off the party endowment list by attracting plum highly paid jobs for copping it sweet in 2001 for Labor and union voting fraudsters. His latest lucrative jaunt as a KPMG partner was to assist the State Government with its Coronavirus jobs strategy.

Allegations examined by the Inquiry related to two main categories of false enrollment, forgery and consensual false enrollment. The information gathered during the Inquiry clearly established that the practice of making consensual false enrollments to bolster the chances of specific candidates in pre-selections was regarded by some Party members as a legitimate campaign tactic.

The Inquiry uncovered evidence of forgery, but there was significant difficulty in obtaining evidence to establish who was responsible.

There was no evidence indicating that the tactic had been generally used to influence the outcome of public elections.

This was due to the limited scope of the Inquiry reviewing illegal activities only between 1993 to 1997. This paper was tabled in Parliament on 1 May 2001.

ALP Member for Woodridge in 2001 Mike Kaiser quit parliament after being outed by the Inquiry, taking the hit for numerous other ALP and union identities involved in voting fraud.

Two other Labor MP’s were forced to resign.  Kaiser’s indiscretions were rewarded in 2010 by slotting him into the NBN Board on $450,000 a year.

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/how-to-get-a-450000-job-no-ads-required–just-a-nice-word-from-the-minister-20100209-no66.html

In essence, to enable ALP branch members a vote for election candidates they have to be on the electoral roll.

In larger branches factional interests wanting a particular candidate to be endorsed simply pad the electoral roll with names of people literally off the street. These names, real or not, end up on the roll.

The proxies of these ‘voters’ are used to stack the numbers for a candidate’s endorsement. What the major media did not mention in the Victorian affair is that in marginal electorates these fictitious names are then given to unionists or Labor members and supporters to vote with at general elections.

If there are sufficient bogus numbers on the roll the election result can be swayed in the ALP’s or LNP’s favour.

In tight electorates just 50 false entries can change the result.

The Federal seat of Herbert in Townsville was taken by the ALP with just 37 votes after a recount in 2016. This result was without doubt enabled by voting fraud utilising false enrollments and those voting more than once.

The losing Liberal candidate stated he would seek a remedy in the Court of Disputed Returns but soon dropped the action after LNP backroomers realised court action would expose their voting fraud activities.

It is of note that the very first piece of legislation enacted by the incoming Queensland Labor Government in 2015 was to repeal the previous Liberal government law requiring identification before voting.

In 2018 the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral matters staunchly recommended the Federal Government enact an identification requirement before the 2019 federal election. Prime Minister Scott Morrison steadfastly refused to implement any ID requirement for voters.  He won the election in 2019 by just two seats.

Since the Australian Electoral Commission stopped checking the accuracy of the rolls nearly 25 years ago by conducting physical habitation checks going door-to-door verifying occupants, election results have been manipulated to choose a government.

The AEC and the Queensland Electoral Commission will howl that their rolls are accurate but in 2004 the AEC Commissioner admitted to then Senator Len Harris there were more than 400,000 entries on the roll whose identity could not be verified.

Recent investigations by Vote Australia revealed the rolls remained in a mess, in fact former President of the organisation Lex Stewart said the roll was full of bogus entries certainly sufficient to change the course of a federal or state election.

Readers should realise the Liberal Party too has been renown for branch stacking but to our knowledge is not involved in stacking the roll with large numbers.

Cairnsnews has been leading the charge nationally to expose widespread voting fraud which has changed the outcome of past elections.

The mail-out by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to conduct the same-sex marriage survey in 2017 resulted in more than 248,000 individual envelopes marked ‘return to sender not known at this address’ being returned to their office unopened.

The ABS used addresses from the AEC electoral roll to mail out ballot forms to voters.

Here are a few stories about electoral fraud published over the past six years:

https://cairnsnews.org/2019/01/28/vote-fraud-could-cost-scomo-government/

https://cairnsnews.org/2018/07/26/10299/

https://cairnsnews.org/2016/05/17/unions-campaign-to-pad-the-electoral-roll/

https://cairnsnews.org/2015/12/22/afp-level-fraud-charges-over-alleged-rigging-of-2012-auburn-council-election/

https://cairnsnews.org/2015/09/03/getup-stacks-electoral-roll-with-false-enrolments/

https://cairnsnews.org/2015/04/14/labors-electoral-base-to-be-bolstered-by-legislating-vote-fraud/

http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22committees%2Fcommjnt%2Fda4cb50c-a552-4c7a-a9be-904b3e44b06f%2F0000%22

Labor-Left agenda for Queensland after October election

Queensland can expect an avalanche of Green madness if the Labor Party is re-elected to government. Below is the agenda for an online meeting being hosted by the Labor Left on Saturday June 20.

The poor silly buggers of the Labor/Greens alliance had forgotten Climate cultism while the Coronahoax dominated the front pages, but as the plandemic wanes, if it ever started, they want to resurrect the climate hoax.

The looney-left of the ALP has an agenda that would make Thomas Malthus blush. Keep voting for the ALP if you don’t want to eat.

Australia cannot afford another Labor Government either state or federal ever again, not that the climate cultists of the Liberals and Nationals are any better; the LNP will shaft us without advertising it while the socialist ALP usually give some warning like this dangerous agenda which if implemented would be the final curtain for manufacturing industries and food production:

“We’re inviting you to the online launch of our campaign for a LEAN Recovery Plan – our 5 point plan to recover our economy and fix the climate crisis:

1) Build 1 gigawatt of public renewables invest in Queensland jobs by building 1GW of shovel-ready renewable energy projects which will create jobs and bring down power prices

2) Build quality, energy efficient public housing – building 100,000 sustainably designed public dwellings by 2036 will bring down household and construction emissions and create good jobs

3) Train Queenslanders for work in land management – an investment of $200 million would create 2,000 jobs to revegetate fire-damaged land, train 2000 Queenslanders in new skill, while safely social distancing, and to look after our land and environment

4) Invest in active transport infrastructure – our cities and towns need infrastructure investment to allow social distancing, reduce long distance travel, and decrease congestion

5) Build it here and create sustainable export industries Queensland Labor can lead a recovery that creates better jobs than before. By requiring local content in manufacturing wind turbines, and investing in new industries like hydrogen production and carbon farming we can export into growth markets, rather than relying on risky industries like gas.”

Tell your Labor-voting friends, if you have any, that to continue supporting these Malthusians will be their own demise. Especially if they like to eat.

 

Premier apologises to distraught family for unreliable Covid 19 test

Economy destroyed by death from a thousand cuts

A false positive Coronavirus test of a 30 year old miner who had passed away from other causes, threw a family into turmoil at Blackwater 200 klms west of Rockhampton last week.

This morning the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk apologised to Nathan Turner’s family for the stress the government had placed them under and to the people of Blackwater for emergency testing of the town’s 5100 residents, all of whom tested negative.

The foibles of the entire Coronahoax epidemic have been reinforced after eminent virologists world- wide have been calling in the efficacy of testing and control measures and indeed the diagnosis and existence of the virus itself.

The family of the late Nathan Turner were dragged unnecessarily to hell and back over unreliable Covid 19 testing which throws all testing and the data to date, out the window

The US Government owned Centre for Disease Control on its Covid 19 test kits has the disclaimer that the test is not accurate, and can show any bacterial infection, the common cold or flu.

The unnecessary shutdown of the economy will haunt the political party duopoly for a decade and the Premier, magnanimously this morning continued with the “how good am I” slow release of restrictions for businesses such as hotels, cafes, tourist venues and airlines to reopen.

The Premier, or moreover,  the Chief Health Officer  Dr Jeanette Young, purportedly has been managing the destruction of the economy by death from a thousand cuts.

A Labor insider told Cairnsnews the psyche of socialist psychopaths is not complete until those in charge can unleash a break-up of the normal order to replace it with a depopulated socialist Utopia which is totally controlled by the state.

The Democrats, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and George Soros  presently trying to destroy America are supported across the Pacific by their brothers of the socialist Australian Broadcasting Corporation parroting the same Communist-controlled WHO script.

Not to be left out, ABC TV in a show of support for the deadly American Marxist upheaval, broadcast a Joe Biden, US paid election advertisement at 11 pm on May 29.

This societal breakdown has been achieved leaving many hundreds of thousands of employees across the Australian business sector wholly dependent on the state for income and medical care.

The state, as it is done in Communist China, dictates how far and to where you can travel provided your travel documents are in order and the number of patrons allowed in a venue. It forces you to stay locked up in your home, enforces nonsensical, ineffective ‘social distancing’ and enforces vaccination.

The LNP is complicit in this transformation to a Marxist dystopia and until the sheeples take a stance nothing will change for the better.

Young children today will never know the freedoms Australians and Americans had before and post- WW2, until the 1970’s coup by leftist PM Malcolm Fraser followed by the paedophile, Marxist, Labor union hack Bob Hawke who earnestly started the rot in 1983.

Mareeba comes of age with a massive traffic jam

Local News

Today the farming town of Mareeba, to the west of Cairns with a population of 15,000, came of age. The first permanent traffic lights ever seen on the Atherton Tablelands were turned on this afternoon but the traffic outcome was not what The Main Roads Department had expected.

Costing $3.47 million, the new lights at the Byrnes and Rankin Street intersection were predicted to improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

A large traffic jam, an unusual sight in Mareeba, 60 klms west of Cairns was caused by new traffic lights

Instead a traffic jam of Rodeo Procession proportion saw cars and trucks backed up for more than one kilometre along the main thoroughfare of Byrnes Street for more than an hour, coinciding with school departures at 3pm.

Mareeba Shire Council has had almost no involvement with the construction of the lights and the new intersection as Byrnes St is the responsibility of TMR.

Residents and business proprietors have questioned why traffic lights replaced a large roundabout  when a gazetted but unmade vehicle bypass skirts the CBD which would alleviate the extremely high volume of traffic movements along Byrnes Street.

Katters Australian Party spokesman for FNQ Alan Webb said the bypass should have been constructed a decade ago removing the need for traffic lights and taking large trucks out of the main street.

“These single semitrailers carrying Cairns garbage, soon cane trucks and heavy trucks traveling to the west and north every day are an accident waiting to happen,” Mr Webb said.

“I know (Member for Kennedy) Bob Katter has been in talks with TMR in Cairns and federal authorities in Canberra about funding for the bypass but neither the state government nor the federal government want to know about it.”

New traffic lights caused a massive traffic jam more than one klm long in Mareeba. According to Katters Australian Party, a heavy vehicle bypass would be a better option said spokesman Alan Webb.

Mareeba mother, Ann-Marie Keating was quite worried when it took the school bus an extra 40 minutes to go past the gate to their small farm, 6 klms from town.

“I had picked up the kids from school because of the traffic and it took me over 40 minutes to get home instead of 15  and the bus was just behind me,” Ms Keating said.

“On Monday I don’t know if the bus will come early to get the kids to school on time. The kids will have to get up early to make it then if it is 40 minutes late again it will be a long day for them.

“It could be a very long day on the bus for kids from further out.

“There were temporary traffic lights set up at Centenary Park and Anzac Avenue intersection that made the congestion worse than Cairns.”

Member for Cook Cynthia Lui has been contacted for comment.

Labor doubles the value per vote for political parties from $3 to $6

Letter to the Editor

There is a full page advertisement in some newspapers from the Liberal Party asking for candidates to contest the state seats of Cook and Hill.(west of Cairns)

It never ceases to amaze me when we keep getting Labor candidates re-elected in Cook.  At least five conservative political parties I have discovered are going to put their hands up to run against Cynthia Lui the indigenous Labor member on October 31.

Not all of them can be serious about winning the seat. There is a large welfare vote in the northern part of Cook which favours the sitting member.

But conservative voters outnumber the Labor voters. If the LNP, KAP, One Nation, Palmer and NQ First all nominate candidates they split the vote five ways and Labor gets returned.

I have my suspicions that most of these parties know they can’t win and are just chasing the money. Why not when the Labor Government recently doubled the value of your vote to candidates and parties which get over 4 per cent of the tally?

Payments to candidates standing for election will increase from $1.57 per vote received to $3.

Payments to political parties will also increase, from $3.14 to $6 per vote received.

The eligibility threshold for the payments has also changed — parties and candidates will only require 4 per cent of the primary vote, rather than 6 per cent, to receive the money.

It would be a good question to ask. Where does the money come from?

It is up to voters to determine which candidate is serious about winning and working for the local community instead of chasing the money. My test is who is a local and will live in the seat, how many MP’s do they have in the nearby region and their past performance and who champions regional communities, farmers and small businesses of the Far North?

It is not hard to find an answer.

Yours

K Court

Cairns

Editor: Cairnsnews editorial board has agreed to publish letters from North Queensland readers relating to the upcoming state election. Particularly like this one which the writer said Newscorp and other press would not publish. Send in your unpublished letter and we will print it if it has merit. We will publish the identity of the newspapers that refuse to publish well written letters with topical subjects.

Cairns economist warns of massive unemployment and damage to local economy because of border closure

The international tourist destination of Cairns in Far North Queensland which showcases the Great Barrier Reef has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.

Cairns economist Bill Cummings has investigated the real number of unemployed which rose from 8178 in December 2019 to 23,100 in April 2020.

This massive increase is directly attributable to Covid 19 forced business shutdowns and a halt to international and most domestic flights.

“The number has leapt from about 8,400 in the region (4,900 in Cairns) in February, to 23,000 in the region (15,000 in Cairns) in April.  Estimated unemployment rate as measured by registered unemployed on benefits has jumped from about 6% to about 18%.  This compares with about 9% at national level.  It can be expected that the May figures will show a further increase,” Mr Cummings said.

“On top of this, there are large numbers of jobs being supported by the Australian Government’s JobKeeper program.  At this stage numbers are unknown.  It is quite possible that at present, at end May, there is at least 25% either unemployed or only being in employment due to the JobKeeper program.”

Cairns unemployment has hit 18 per cent, double the national average, due to Covid closures and a refusal by the Premier to reopen state borders.

He said the figures also highlight the unreliability of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force Series that for April records unemployment of only 7700 in the region and incredibly, an increase in employment over March.

The city and region are almost totally reliant on tourism and dozens of travel, tourist and accommodation businesses in Cairns have closed their doors, unlikely to ever reopen.

Labor’s real agenda is to keep the state borders closed until election in October

A defiant Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has repeatedly told the tourism sector she will not reopen the border with NSW until at least mid-September, a decision she says is based on medical advice, presumably from Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young.

If the border reopened interstate tourists could take the economic pressure off the Gold Coast and Cairns keeping businesses and jobs alive.

Despite conflicting advice from federal Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Paul Kelly, who said he cannot see any medical reason for the border to remain closed, Dr Young refuses to yield.

Not only is Cairns acutely suffering but 1900 kilometres to the south, Cavill Avenue, the main street of the Gold Coast, looks and feels like a morgue.

There is however a feeling among northern political commentators and some Cape York residents that the real agenda of the Premier and the Labor Party is to keep the state closed up until mid-September, a month before the state election, due on October 31.

A prolonged closure would seriously hamper election candidates for opposing parties from accessing different parts of the state to campaign.

Last week the leader of the fledgling NQ First party, Jason Costigan caused a stir and a belated police investigation after a Liberal Party supporter in Cooktown questioned how he got through the police and military checkpoint to enter the small ocean front town.

Being the Member for Whitsunday,  Mr Costigan, said he made a proper application for a permit and was allowed to enter the no go zone for electoral purposes, in deference to Cooktown residents and Hopevale Aboriginal community which have been locked up since March.

“I did nothing wrong and abided by the law,” Mr Costigan said.

The NQ First party endorsed former Mayor of Aboriginal community Wulal Wujal, Desmond Tayley, as its candidate for the seat of Cook.

Wujal Wujal is situated just to the south of Cooktown.

This abuse of power by the State Government could be a sign of things to come.

Yarrahbah community tells Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk “we won’t remain locked up any longer”

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter flanked hundreds of First Australians at a roadblock outside Yarrabah (20 klms south Cairns)  today to protest the State Government’s continued “lock down” of Indigenous communities, labelling the rule a case of “brutal paternalism”.

The demonstration follows weeks of turbulent behaviour in the communities including rioting in Aurukun, demonstrations at Yarrabah and the jailing of Doomadgee residents.

The indigenous community of Yarrahbah, 20 klm south Cairns in is uproar over being locked up for two months by a power-hungry Labor Premier. Federal Member Bob Katter took to the streets with them today in defiance of nonsensical ‘social distancing’.  There are no cases of Coronavirus in the Far North.

Mr Katter said Queensland’s infamous Aboriginal Affairs Act of the 1900’s had returned.

“This is outrageous overkill. It is just another exercise in power not an effort to look after us.

“If it’s to look after us, then where are the market gardens that were promised to me 18 months ago? Why did you send an infected person from Brisbane into the Cairns Base Hospital?

“What you are seeing here is the abrogation of our freedoms and the people enforcing this rule are sick and drunk with power.  The health fascists are running amok and it’s about time politicians step up and I pray that the people hold the politicians to account if they don’t.”

Mr Katter said that hundreds of demonstrators met at the border carrying posters and banners and shouting for ‘freedom’ whilst being supervised by police.

He warned it would only get worse.

“There has been extreme rioting in Aurukun, screaming from Palm Island and Doomadgee is getting close to exploding.

“I’ve been told that there is a young man in a Gulf community who was informed by his doctor that he had to go to Brisbane for an operation or he would die. When he asked the authorities if he could return, he was told he wasn’t allowed. He was told it would be for an unknown amount of time and so he chose to stay, and he died.

“In Yarrabah they can’t get shoes, underwear or warm blankets. They can’t renew their registration or fix their cars.  So why are these people locked up?!

“It’s the regime of brutal paternalism returned. It took us 150 years to get the Act abolished. And now it is back again.”