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By EDITOR, CAIRNS NEWS
NORTH Queensland MP Bob Katter has sounded the alarm about a massive undersupply of fruit picking workers in his electorate, despite the fact that some 20,000 people in the same region are on the Jobseeker allowance.
Katter has called on the Minister for Agriculture and Acting Minister for Immigration to intervene immediately to help provide an estimated 15,000 farm jobs available in the Cairns hinterland region in a few weeks, during the peak season. Fruit on orchards in the region is already dropping off trees and rotting on the ground.
Katter says there are similar figures elsewhere in Queensland which is prompting the industry to question why their fruit is being left to rot when thousands of idle workers are receiving the dole.
“The Government’s response to Covid-19, whether good or bad, has left us with a serious lack of willing workers in north Queensland which is impacting industries that hold our communities together,” Mr Katter said.
“The Minister needs to explain why fruit is being left to rot on the ground in far north Queensland when there are 20,000 people in the area on Jobseeker allowance.”
Mr Katter has suggested a three-prong approach to alleviate the worker shortage problem:
- Abandoned, cyclone damaged, resorts to be renovated and used as quarantine hubs for incoming overseas workers.
- Remove the mandatory quarantine requirements for incoming workers from Samoa and Vanuatu, where there is no Covid-19 transmission.
- Nationalise the social welfare job allocations, which has been run disastrously since it was privatised.
“The privatisation of human services and job allocation has been disastrous for jobs because it means these people can get away with doing nothing whereas they couldn’t before. There’s no accountability now,” he says.
“Whether it is Mackay mining contractors, farmers in Tully, or Taxi drivers in Cairns or Townsville, the complaints are coming in from everywhere and the Government is left with no alternative – the Department of Human Services needs to be back under government control.”
Mr Katter has spoken to numerous farming organisations that have supported his call for intervention, particularly in lifting the restrictions on South Pacific Islander workers and the reignition of backpackers to fill the jobs.
“I’m told that the Pacific Islands are Covid-free, and north Queensland is Covid-free. So why are these workers being forced to quarantine here at the cost of the farmer?
“The farmers I have spoken to are simply asking for the restrictions on South Pacific Islanders to be lifted like with New Zealand which allows a reliable coming and going of the workers.
“Under normal circumstances, the backpackers comprise 50 per cent of the fruit pickers in north Queensland which is a region that produces 20 per cent of Australia’s fruit and vegetable supply. But due to border closures, the number of backpackers available is dwindling by the week.”
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Media organisations and newspapers are cowering under threat of prosecution by the Anti-discrimination Commission should they identify the ethnic origin of criminals when reporting their misdeeds. So much for the abortive attempt to rehabilitate Section 18c.
It matters not to the racist zealots of the loathed Anti-discrimination Commission that young Aborigines are by far the main perpetrators of rampant, serious assaults and other crime in the Cairns area.
Some white criminals exist but tourists bearing the brunt of robbery, assault and battery are taking home stories that a visit to Cairns is just not worth it.
If you go out at night, or now it seems even in broad daylight you are likely to be assaulted.
Worse still the average age and gender of assailants has shocked hardened policemen on the beat.
In the past week a 37 year old Japanese tourist was approached by three youths and asked for cigarettes but when he refused he was bashed with a tree branch. The juveniles then tried to steal his back pack without success. Paramedics arrived to find the man suffering “serious bleeding.”
Three of the four 13 year old muggers, some or all of indigenous appearance, have been caught and since charged but will be dealt with under the juvenile justice act. Police are still looking for the fourth offender.
Unravelling this media-speak means they will be given a stern lecture perhaps by a Magistrate and released into the custody of their parents or carers, who should have made them stay home and taught them how to respect others in the first place, instead of wandering the streets in the early hours of the morning.
Meanwhile a tourist remains seriously injured and is no doubt harbouring vicious intent against the hundreds of wandering, Aboriginal and white kids in street gangs who push pedestrians off the footpath because the Aborigines proclaim ‘white bastards’ are trespassing on their land.
In a separate and unrelated incident, a 19 year old female was taken to hospital after she was allegedly attacked by three youths during an attempted robbery in the Cairns CBD.
The trio demanded her phone but was punched and kicked unconscious when she refused to hand it over.
A Manoora boy and Bentley Park girl, both aged 12, and a 16 year old girl from Mooroobool, have been charged by police.
Police are frustrated by the Magistrates Court being unable to address the youthful crime wave across the region. The ALP can take responsibility for diluting existing laws and for failing to introduce harsher penalties to curb escalating youth crime.
At least 80 motor vehicles a month are being stolen throughout the Cairns and Tablelands district and police are discovering to their horror that some thieves who led them on car chases have been as young as 12.
In years gone by, courts would give young troublemakers two options in sentencing. One was to attend a state detention facility that provided much better facilities and tucker than that at home, or to undertake a period of attendance at the renowned Petford Farm rehabilitation centre, run by indigenous couple, Geoff and Norma Guest since the late 1970’s.
Located on a remote cattle and horse property 30 klms west of Dimbulah, the facility can claim outstanding success with more than 3000 attendees over a 30 year period.
Health authorities have boasted a 70 per cent non-recidivism success rate with Aboriginal and white youth after completing the Guest courses. Many adults also passed through the drug and alcohol rehabilitation program developed by Geoff Guest OAM. His wife Norma passed away last year after a long illness.
The Petford Wellness group in more recent times, rather than taking troubled boarders, has been developing a rehabilitation curriculum for implementation into Aboriginal communities, with the notion of prevention rather than cure.
Mr Guest wants to train trainers so they can instruct intending mothers, mothers and children about proper nutrition, removal of sugar from diets and food preparation methods. He believes in the adage, ‘we are what we eat.’
Now aged 90, the intrepid Geoff Guest still breaks in horses, which have played an integral part of his outstanding rehabilitation process.
The Queensland Labor Party recently ruled against the state’s youth boot camp apparatus, in effect the Guest legacy, claiming it was too hard on participants and ineffectual.
The crime wave apologists of the socialist Labor and Greens will continue to flay Far Northern tourism with their unauthorised United Nations Human Rights obligations, causing visitors to condemn destinations such as Cairns, being dangerous and a hazard to their itineraries. – contributed
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The genocide of the West Papuan people at the hands of the Indonesian military, is one of the saddest yet rarely told stories of modern times.
Right on Australia’s doorstep, West Papua is a land of untold riches and in 1969 was hijacked with a violent and rigged vote by Indonesia.
With the support of Australia, the USA and the United Nations, the Indonesian Military have slaughtered nearly half a million indigenous West Papuans in the years since, all in the name of a mountain of gold.
All of this kept secret by a ban on journalists and foreign aid from entering West Papua.
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A midnight text message to film maker and friend, Ash Brennan, started the wheels in motion for a small video think piece at the original Punks for West Papua benefit show at Sydney’s Town & Country Hotel.
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Brisbane youngster Cole Miller passes away in hospital after a “coward punch” to the back of the head
Police today charged Pacific islanders Armstrong Renata and Daniel Jermaine Lee Maxwell, both 21, with grievous bodily harm over the assault of the young water polo player.
“DO you want to see something funny?” Daniel Maxwell asked his mate – and moments later young athlete Cole Miller struck the footpath face first, his brain so badly damaged he would never wake up.
The pair faced Brisbane Magistrates Court today and both were remanded in custody.
The charges are expected to be upgraded to murder.
The court heard Maxwell approached Mr Miller and his friend and asked them if they wanted to fight before Renata allegedly punched Mr Miller in the head.
The men will have their cases mentioned again in February.
Mr Miller was a member of the Brisbane Barracudas Water Polo Club and was out with a teammate on the night he was attacked.
They were taking a break from their busy training schedule.
He was due to travel to Adelaide to compete at the national championships on Thursday.
Cole Miller, 18, was knocked unconscious on Duncan Street in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane’s entertainment precinct about 3:35am on Sunday after a night out on the town.
Police said he was struck once in the back of the head and hit the pavement, leaving him with serious injuries.
He was taken to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a life-threatening condition.
Mr Miller’s father Steven describes son as “beautiful, brave young man”
Police this afternoon confirmed he had died.
Mr Miller’s father, Steven, gave a brief statement to the media this afternoon.
“Cole was a beautiful, brave young man with his whole life yet to be lived,” he said.
“Our family and many close friends have been by his bedside since the incident.”
from Robert J Lee in Cairns
Four thugs of “Pacific islander appearance” have been named by police in relation to a serious “coward punch” attack in Brisbane City’s seedy Fortitude Valley precinct in the early hours of Sunday morning, that has left an 18 year old fighting for his life in a Brisbane hospital.
Again native immigrants from New Zealand and the Pacific Islands have featured in violent attacks in Queensland. What heroes these islander bastards have become.
Cole Miller, a member of the Brisbane Barracudas Water Polo Club team, was on a night out with a team-mate, during a break from their busy training schedule.
He was due to travel to Adelaide to compete at the national championships on Thursday.
The attack comes as Queensland MPs prepare to vote on legislative changes to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence, when Parliament resumes.
The proposed measures include lock-out laws and limiting rapidly consumed drinks, including shots
Recent data released by the federal government shows that these immigrants, by nationality feature well up in the unemployment statistics. It is time to stop any more immigration by these now unwelcome nationalities.
Crime statistics from the Cairns districts shows that any trouble at night spots or public events usually features Pacific Islanders including Maoris. These people seem to think that Australia owes them a living.
On the Atherton Tablelands, west of Cairns, in recent years these troublemakers have been at the forefront of large-scale skirmishes with Aborigines.
Cairns News sincerely hopes the investigating police can find the two thugs, still at large in Brisbane. Two of these grubs were apprehended earlier today, according to police reports.
It is hoped they are placed before a Supreme Court jury of local people who will not be fazed by the pleas of “poor Islander me.”
They should be jailed for 20 years.