by Jim O’Toole, editor-at-large
Lachlan Murdoch’s trademark Far Northern Queensland rag, the Cairns Post, is well known for not covering the real news. It does a great job by publishing its version of daily events often far removed from the real deal.
The editorial content of major dailies is driven by the biggest advertisers.
In the case of News Ltd the largest contributor to their contracting coffers is the grocery duopoly Coles and Woolworths.
Followed by the banks are all three levels of government and national car dealership display ads.
Since the advent of Gumtree and other internet advertising kingdoms, classified line ads have been savaged.
Murdoch is feeling it across the nation as internet news, often more plausible than his columns of opinion and skewed, socialist scribble take a big hit. The Australian is a notable exception.
No news by omission is another favourite.
Tabloid publishers have always claimed their display ads have to occupy 60 per cent of every edition to be viable, unless some cashed up national advertiser takes out lucrative, full pages.
The volume of ads determines the number of pages for each edition.
The Weekend Post of February 23, is indicative of dwindling advertising revenue. There are almost no national advertisers and only a few local ads for products and services. More importantly, for News Ltd, there are few government ads. Coles and Woolworths are conspicuous by their absence.
Is this a sign of the times? For the local economy it certainly is. The Far North has been dragging the economic chain for years while in the not so distant past, News Ltd has sucked hundreds of millions of advertising dollars from struggling businesses in the Far North.
For some advertisers there is no discernible benefit. The Townsville and north western floods will impact the northern economy for a decade casting an even deeper shadow over the small business sector.
Murdoch has other regional tabloids locked in his stable which often perform better than the Cairns Post. That’s because News Ltd has devoured almost all independent regionals throughout the nation. Any that might have been missed have gone to the Fairfax opposition.
Murdoch’s hand-picked Cairns editor Jennifer Spilsbury sits on the endless conveyor belt of scribes to be eventually disgorged by the New Ltd editorial monster.
In the heady days of Pauline Hanson and One Nation during the late 90’s any reporter then working for the Townsville Bulletin would remember when Lachlan Murdoch, in response to a favourable editorial by the then editor, rampaged through the newsroom.
“Kill the cow (Pauline Hanson),” he ranted. Then I was living near Townsville and this episode was related to me at the time by a friend who worked for the Bully.
I can’t remember the ultimate fate of the editor.
It more recent times it would appear a similar scenario is playing out at the Cairns Post with help from its former managers, by mostly running the Liberal line.
Rumblings among the business sector indicate some big players and a good deal of the smaller ones are sick and tired of the local Liberal member and his policy platitudes.
According to a media release from Katters Australian Party, Bob Katter and Robbie Katter announced senate candidates in Cairns on Friday. Cairnsnews got this release then one could assume, so did the others. A segment appeared on Win Television.
We remember a huge splash in the Cairns Post for the Labor senate candidate recently parachuted into Cairns from the Gold Coast.
This KAP show should have been a significant, newsworthy event for the Far North but a quick glance at today’s Cairns Post reveals nothing about the two Katters being present in Cairns.
There are assorted bits about fashion queens, council spats, irrelevant LNP crocodile yarns from the Gold Coast, sports beat-ups and Sams pies with Worcestershire sauce but not much about policies supporting the economic future of the north
Cairnsnews is not in the habit of making excuses for Murdoch mendacity but we will publish Friday’s political event in its absence from the hallowed pages of the Cairns Post.
After all, editor Jennifer Spilsbury makes the point in her opinion piece today:
“Newspaper companies are tasked with tackling very serious and important topics. Politics and crime to us is what roads, rates and rubbish is to councils.
But we do much more than that. We celebrate our way of life, proudly highlighting the very best of who and what we are and what we like to do.”
Commendable Jennifer, but what happened to the political news?
Highly effective black salve skin cancer treatment targeted by Queensland Health and the Cairns Post
Black salve, hailed as the most effective, natural skin cancer remedy available today, has saved thousands of lives world wide leaving the $30 billion Australian pharmaceutical industry stewing in its wake.
Big pharma cannot make any money from black salve because it is made from natural ingredients that the corrupt pharmaceutical companies are unable to patent.
Medical doctors and the State Government, bribed by big pharma, do not believe in its efficacy as a natural cure for skin cancer.
According to the Cairns Post of April 21, Queensland Health has arrived in Cairns on a witch hunt trying to source one of the hundreds of suppliers of black salve, who are found across the nation.
The Cairns Post published a hotline number to dob in black salve suppliers. Cairnsnews was unaware that big pharma’s tentacles had reached a Murdoch newspaper in north Queensland, because News Ltd does not normally get much advertising revenue from drug companies or doctors.
News Ltd has never published the fact that doctors and big pharma manage to kill a reported 25,000 patients under their medical care each year in Australia.
Cairnsnews has seen dozens of testimonials to black salve where users have sworn by its effectiveness.
This writer has used it and has seen the results in others where it left no scarring or had any adverse side effect.
One elderly Atherton patient was sent home from hospital to die, suffering from a huge malignant ulcer on his leg after telling the hospital he did not want his leg amputated.
A relative treated him with black salve and within two months his leg had healed and he was walking on it.
Cairnsnews suggests that readers ignore the unlawful activities of Queensland Health and keep using Cancema or black salve.
Black salve suppliers can be found by searching older pages of cairnsnews.org.
http://www.alphaomegalabs.com/ Try here for black salve
The Murdoch family is closely connected with big pharma company Glaxo Smith Kline. James Murdoch sits on the board, and Rupert uses his influence with government to push their agenda, including vaccinations. There will be much money involved in both directions. They don’t need their advertising dollars, but they like their ongoing pharma grip on the world of (ill)health. – contributed
This letter was submitted to the Cairns Post two weeks ago but not published. The Cairns Post, Rupert Murdoch’s Far Northern newspaper propaganda unit, has an editorial policy of not publishing anything detrimental to the district’s large sugar cane growing and refining industry, never mind that nearly every nutritionist and medical doctor will warn that sugar consumption is dangerous to health. Northern icon and health advocate Geoff Guest, OAM, has told night clubbers to eat some food which would help stabilise their low blood sugar levels after consuming large amounts of alcohol. If clubs provided food late at night Mr Guest believes it would help stem violence.
Letter to the Editor
Comments by health professional Lolita Hunter in the Cairns Post, about indigenous health problems in communities does not go to the core of the problem.
It’s no good shutting the gate after the horse has bolted. The problems start with the old saying, “you are what you eat.”
Geoff Guest OAM with Professor Ernest Hunter, Cairns Mental Health Unit, discuss addictions and rehabilitation at an Atherton seminar in 2015
My 40 years of research at Petford Wellness Association working closely with Professor Ernest Hunter of the Cairns Mental Health Unit in recent years clearly show that food cravings are mostly caused by eating sugar.
A can of well-known soft drink and a chocolate bar for breakfast leads to immense problems such as diabetes, heart and psychological problems.
After rehabilitating 4000 adults and youths over 30 years I have discovered that a highly refined carbohydrate diet, excess sugar and a low fibre diet start the cravings.
The cravings lead to more sugar, alcohol and then drugs. If alcohol is unavailable drugs will do.
I have read a lot of hype from club goers about the changes to the lock out laws.
The doctors and ambulance officers agree with trying to reduce alcohol-related violence but we should stem the cause. So do I.
Night club patrons should have food before they leave the club because after hours of alcohol consumption their blood sugar levels are normally quite low which can cause confusion, anger and aggressiveness.
I heard my local Member Shane Knuth mention the need for food in clubs and he is quite right.
At least any troublesome clubbers might reduce their anger by eating good food and keep their fists to themselves.
Geoff Guest OAM
from Robert J Lee, Cairns bureau
The Malthusians of the World Wildlife Fund and the Australian Conservation Foundation got the Cairns Post into hot water on Saturday Nov 7, when the Murdoch tabloid published their untruthful and misleading media release about land clearing.
Olive Vale station at Laura was granted a permit to clear 31,800 ha by the former LNP State Government but the WWF in usual form, churned out misleading information in an effort to halt any development in the north.
Local federal Liberal member Warren Entsch has been severely embarrassed by the publication of the falsified information that the journalist admitted was not checked for fact.
However to his credit he has come out swinging at the greenie “clowns” and his own government.
It would have been an easy exercise for the journalist to simply read previous articles held on file in the Cairns Post newsroom.
Not so the Murdoch media and in shades of the ABC, it simply regurgitates the dishonest crap put out by the multitude of Cairns greenie groups, particularly anything that mentions the Great Barrier Reef.
The offending article elicited a stinging rebuke from owner of Olive Vale station, Paul Ryan.
Below is Mr Ryan’s response to Cairns Post journalist Kimberley Vlasic:
“Approval is to clear 31,800 ha , not the 35,000 ha stated by Andrew Picone of ACF”.
To date less than 2000 ha has been cleared (confirmed by federal and state departments) not the bullshit comment of 5000 ha from Andrew Picone.
Clearing works stopped 10th June 2015 ,works then began on preparing cleared land for planting of Sorghum this coming wet season.
Andrew Picone of the Australian Conservation Foundation, a Malthusian, caught out sending misleading and dishonest media releases to the Cairns Post about lawful land clearing.
At no time has Olive Vale been formally notified to stop clearing by any government department .Current cessation of clearing is voluntary.
Olive Vale has met all legal requirements of project DA approval.
Approximately 500 ha to be planted with sorghum this wet season.
Queensland Department of Agriculture will be running a trail cropping program within the Olive Vale project area.
On 2nd July 2015 Olive vale and Koolburra stations were granted an approved generic SMP (species management plan ) for all clearing operations excluding Olive Vale farming project.
10th August 2015 Olive Vale submitted to EHP (State Department of Environment) a draft project specific SMP .
9th September EHP responded with request for changes to SMP
Olive Vale has been working through requested changes and will resubmit an up dated SMP by end of November.
The publishing of miss leading information in regards to the Olive Vale project affects the ability to obtain project specific external funding.
All current works to date have been funded directly by the owners of Olive Vale station.
The people affect the most by this project are the residents of Laura, Olive Vale is the largest employer within the Laura area.
I receive phone calls daily from locals looking for work .
Has anyone ask these local residents of Laura (Traditional owners) what their opinion is.
Olive Vale Pastoral operations within Cape York directly employs 20 staff ,with indigenous staff making up 40%.
A further 4 North Queensland based contractors are used to fill specific skill requirements.
If clearing was to proceed these numbers would double within 6 months.
All current indigenous employees have been signed up for apprenticeships (traineeship) in machinery operation.
These qualified staff will then be available as trainers for the employment of local residents that are currently not qualified.
How many people are directly employed by ACF or the Wilderness Society within Cape York and more specifically in the Laura area?
No representative from ACF or The Wilderness Society has ever contacted Olive Vale pastoral in regards to our operations.”
The Cairns Post, in a half-hearted retraction in its November 10 issue, tried to smooth over the irresponsible greenie claptrap.
In an email to Mr Ryan , journalist Kimberley Vlasic apologised for not contacting Mr Ryan to get the facts. No apology appeared in the Nov 10 story.
The article tries to sidestep its previous misinformation instead shifting the blame onto Warren Entsch and the Liberal Government, when in fact the impasse over approvals for the clearing lies directly with the State Government and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, who has refused to pass on the necessary information to the federal government.
The Liberal’s much-heralded Northern Development is indeed a misnomer and a lot of Asian corporations have been misled about getting involved in agriculture by the state and federal governments.
A theory of the few remaining white pastoralists on Cape York Peninsula has become closer to reality as any development is stopped by governments pandering to greenies and the indigenous Cape York Land Council.
Not very secret plans to create an indigenous state of Far North Queensland are gradually taking shape as the theory of white de-population eventuates.
Graziers claim the banks, in collusion with the State Government( both the previous LNP and now ALP governments) and the Cape York Land Council and have begun their campaign of asset-stripping large pastoral properties as banks unlawfully foreclose on three of the largest remaining white-owned cattle producers on the Peninsula without so much as a peep from either political party.
At least one Aurukun ‘white’ Aborigine sits on the sidelines trying to wrest a large property from bank receivers at an offer that is one tenth of market value.
In the last three years 1.5 million hectares of dispossessed white-owned cattle properties have been acquired by the State Government and handed over to Aborigines free of charge.
Approximately 60 per cent of the Aboriginal freehold property on Cape York Peninsula has a conservation zoning of some description placed over it that precludes cattle grazing.
Peninsula hoteliers and businesses say they feel threatened by underlying simmering tensions and in some cases direct threats made by hostile black elements throughout the Peninsula.
The hoax of Northern Development that includes Cape York Peninsula came home to roost when in August the State Government negotiated an Indigenous Land Use Agreement that handed over control of the Peninsula Development Road to the CYLC.
The PDR is the only land access to vital defence installations in the Far North.