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Cook MP Cynthia Lui finding it hard going in her disassociated electorate

by staff writers

Pork-barrelling on a grand scale is rolling out around Queensland during the final six weeks of the election campaign. Works projects, some unnecessary or asked for, are being financed by a bankrupt Labor Party Government like there is no tomorrow.

The Far Northern seat of Cook, held with a slim margin by the absent, indigenous member Cynthia Lui is no exception.

Mareeba residents have rejected Labor MP Cynthia Lui for moving her office to Cairns in spite of record pork barrelling in the north

Lui and her staff have lived in Cairns since she was elected in 2017 and with the blessing of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk moved her Mareeba office there earlier this year “to make it easier for Torres Strait Islanders to meet her” she told an incredulous constituency.

Now the pigeons have come home to roost and she is facing the expected recriminations from a detached electorate.

Recent door-knocking efforts of Mareeba residents have not gone down well for the hapless Lui with many hostile rejections and rebuffs from fed-up voters calling her out for shifting her electorate office to Cairns.

Labor sources claim their rank-and-file members have deserted her and she has been forced to call on southern members and unionists for polling booth and campaign assistance.

Lui invited Mareeba party members and local identities to her planned campaign launch on Saturday night but had to cancel due to a low number of acceptances.

The sources said there had been no financial assistance from some of the well-heeled local branches who have openly called her a “traitor.”

Following recent, record spending on Cape York Peninsula and the Torres Strait, today the State Government is strategically opening a new Mareeba ambulance station preceded by ABC news announcements of new X-ray equipment for the Mareeba Hospital.

In July the Main Roads Department started a $45 million upgrade of the Kennedy Highway between Mareeba and Kuranda. Investigations have revealed there were no requests or demands made for these works by councils or motoring organisations.

For decades motorists and politicians have demanded the dangerous Kuranda Range road be upgraded but the government chose to improve the highway instead leaving a tortuous bottle neck at Kuranda which will not improve the range congestion one bit.

Meanwhile at least five other candidates are contesting Cook making life even harder for the inconspicuous girl from Yam Island in the Torres Strait who naively thought the people of Cook would tolerate her chosen indifference.

Lui’s only saviour from a stunning defeat will be the usual voting fraud across the electorate. Complaints by booth workers to the Electoral Commission of Queensland resulting from the 2017 election were ignored. At the Bamaga booth the returning officer did not count the 500 ballot papers after voting finished, instead taking the ballot box home for the night.

Statutory declarations from scrutineers were given to the ECQ about the uncounted votes and potential fraud but the ballots were included in the final tally which saw Lui elected as the new member.

Pre-polling at remote Aboriginal communities conducted by the ECQ flying to each community in the run-up to an election is where much of the voting fraud occurs.

It is of note the offending returning officer currently is under police fraud squad investigation for alleged misappropriation of funds from the local council.

The penny just dropped for Premier Palaszczuk – the ALP is on the nose

Staff writers

For Queensland Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk the penny just dropped – Labor is on the nose, in fact it is putrid in the north and most other parts of the state except the spoilt south east corner.

For the past three days the entire State Cabinet descended on a languishing Cairns where the ALP has three state MP’s and another at nearby Mareeba.

Comrade Premier Palaszczuk porkbarrelling like a drunken sailor

The Labor Party has realised that strong opposition from Katters Australian Party and LNP candidates in the four, key Labor held seats could see all four sitting members exit parliament after the October 31 election and the Premier lose government.

Like a drowning man clutching at straws the Premier is lashing out with obscure, expensive projects trying to ooze into the duopoly’s pork barrel.

But the genie is already out of the barrel with the Bradfield Inland Irrigation Scheme, incidentally, which federal MP Bob Katter has been talking up for three decades.

Katter’s Australian Party Leader Robbie Katter warned North Queenslanders to be wary of lip service from both Labor and the LNP as the Brisbane-based parties attempt to out-bid one another as the number one supporters of the game-changing Revised Bradfield Scheme.

Mr Katter has thrown cold water on an announcement today by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk that economist Professor Ross Garnaut will head the State Government’s review of proposals for the long-awaited, drought-busting scheme first proposed in the 1930s.

The discredited, token, ALP mouthpiece Professor Ross Garnaut should stick to economics for which he could have been trained.

Economist Ross Garnaut with his book on how to get rid of carbon dioxide and metres high ocean rises

 

Most people will remember Garnaut’s dire predictions resulting from his inquiry into so-called global warming.

According to Garnaut’s wild predictions ten years ago, those living along the eastern coastline would now be snorkelling  to their front doors under three metres of ocean.

Compounding her ridiculous policy thought bubbles, the Premier said she would spend millions of dollars planting trees on Cape York Peninsula. This stupid idea has enraged Cape York pastoralists who said they had spent a lifetime trying to get rid of excessive trees and thickening undergrowth to grow grass for stock.

One said there are “far many more trees on the Peninsula now than in 1770 when Captain Cook sailed past.”

Palaszczuk is a dead duck and she knows her time is up. She has two local dud MP’s, Cynthia Lui and Craig Crawford who have been unable to stem the outward flow of Labor support.

Cairnsnews can reveal neither has the support of their local branch members and both have found it extremely hard to find polling booth workers or to get any assistance with their campaigns.

Labor Member for Cook Cynthia Lui has lost all support from local ALP branches

Labor sources claim unions have been asked to help but there has been no local assistance forthcoming.

The source said polling booth volunteers from unions would probably come from southern Queensland, provided Covid rules allow it.

Crawford as Fire and Emergency Services Minister has managed to disenfranchise and lose more than 11,000 volunteers from the Rural Fire Service over mandatory blue cards and unrealistic, dangerous, bureaucratic changes to fire ground operations.

RFS members say morale has never been worse or have they ever lost so many volunteers because of political stupidity.

Lui has been missing in action from her electorate of Cook since she was first elected in 2017.

Cook stretches north from Mareeba to the PNG border. Earlier this year she made her frequent absence from the electorate permanent by moving her Mareeba office and staff to Cairns where she lives.

 

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.

New electorate of Cape York looming after welfare vote dominates result

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At least 4000 voters, solely dependent on government welfare payments to survive, have elected Labor in the seat of Cook, leaving the economic generators of the Far North floundering without a say in government.

To separate the disparate welfare influence from the southern half of the Cook electorate it has been suggested the creation of a new electorate would be more in the interests of maintaining a thriving agricultural and mining industry.

Plans to create a separate state seat of Cape York with a boundary drawn north of Laura will now escalate before the Labor Party is able to further entrench itself with welfare voters.

Patriach of North Qld Bob Katter has been approached by indigenous leaders seeking to form a new electorate of Cape York

One proponent of a new seat is the patriarch of the north, Bob Katter, who said he had been approached in the past by indigenous leaders seeking support for a separate electorate.

There is no farming industry north of Laura, just a handful of viable cattle breeding properties locked in a continuing battle with federal and state environment departments, indigenous land rights encroachments, egregious mining exploration companies and a Labor Party determined to shut down the cattle industry.

During the election campaign, notorious Green lackey, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, threatened land owners with a new round of Wild Rivers, more water storage restrictions and World Heritage listings over the remaining 50 per cent of the land area of the Peninsula not already languishing under conservation zones.

The world’s toughest vegetation management laws will be introduced under the guidance of two of the ALP’s in-house, rabid greenies, Trad and colleague Dr Stephen Miles.

If either possessed a modicum of political will, no help can be expected from so-called representative bodies such as Agforce or the Natural Resources Management (NRM) quangos which are dependent almost entirely on government funding to survive.

Agforce, the last bastion of the failed Liberal Party will struggle to attract membership or have any direct policy influence on a resurgent Labor Party, driven entirely by the trade union movement and the United Nations Agenda 30 to which Queensland is a signatory.

Spot the clowns: Miles and Trad want to lock up Cape York in a deal with the Greens for allowing Adani mine to go ahead

It will be an entirely political manoeuvre to protect the Far North from the flush of international socialism seeping from the confines of the Queensland south east corner which enjoys state government largesse at a ratio of 10 to one over the north.

It is only the cross bench in State Parliament which now can thwart the UN agenda pushed by the Marxists of the Queensland Labor Party seemingly aided and abetted by the flailing Liberals.

As one commentator quipped, “there are no Nationals in the Queensland parliament, just Liberals wearing Akubras.”

The electorate of Traeger, formerly Mt Isa until the unaccountable Electoral Commission tagged it with this misnomer, was held easily by Robbie Katter with 66 per cent of the primary vote.

In the campaign Katter warned the ALP that one of his first policy initiatives for the new parliament would be to create the new State of North Queensland.

This policy obviously resonated with the adjoining, redrawn electorate of Hill easily taken by his colleague Shane Knuth, in spite of the best attempts of the Electoral Commission to gerrymander Knuth from Parliament.

Hinchinbrook, joining Hill to the south also seems set to go to Katters Australian Party.

North Queenslanders will be assured of a tumultuous ride during this term of parliament, towards attaining their well-deserved, modernised statehood.

At the close of counting on Tuesday night, Labor held Cook with a margin of 2900 preferences.

ECQ staff at Mareeba office praised by candidate

Lui claims Cook but the ALP is not yet over the line

Anxious candidates across the state are awaiting the final counting of postal and absentee votes as ECQ staff work overtime to sort through the backlog.

One Nation, KAP and the LNP are waiting for the final tally to determine how many seats the ALP will have to form a majority.

The ALP has claimed the contentious seat of Cook stretching from Mareeba in the south to the PNG border in the north, however One Nation sources say the counting will not finish until Tuesday night when the final postal votes are counted.

ALP candidate Cunthia Lui’s claim on the seat of Cook is premature with One Nation getting close.

The final postal and absentee numbers will have an impact on preference flows to the One Nation candidate Jen Sackley, who seems set to overtake the lead of the Labor candidate Cynthia Lui.

KAP candidate Gordon Rasmussen said either his preferences or those from the LNP would help One Nation get across the line.

“The staff at the Mareeba ECQ office have been outstanding with the counting and very helpful to scrutineers and I thank them for their great effort,” said Mr Rasmussen.

“Their integrity has never been in question but I am concerned about the reports of suspicious activities on Cape York Peninsula which happens after every election on the Cape.”

 

Cape York’s new Labor Member will have his job cut out

The ETU, CYLC, Balkanu and Bill Gordon

The Electrical Trades Union claims it dispatched 6000 of its drones from Melbourne, Tasmania and New South Wales to converge on polling booths and towns across the state. In the electorate of Cook that stretches from the PNG border to Mareeba(60klm west of Cairns), ETU minions adorned with their red Billy Gordon(ALP) T shirts clutching ‘no sale of assets’ green signs assisted indigenous candidate and now Member for Cook Bill Gordon with his election campaign. The ETU assailed the inhabitants of the Torres Strait, Thursday Island, Bamaga and Aurukun with their presence and dominance at pre-polling centres in communities across the top of Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait. What policy deals have been done between the ETU, Bill Gordon, the Greens and the dodgy Cape York Land Council and its business arm, Balkanu, are not yet evident.

What is evident however, in true ALP style, is that a bus load of indigenous rent-a-vote people was seen arriving at the Mareeba pre-polling centre to vote, evidently for Bill Gordon. How this crowd was able to bypass the new identification requirement of the Electoral Commission is not yet known.

The sad part of the Cape York Peninsula result is that rank-and-file Aborigines, duped by the CYLC and Balkanu believe that their plight might change with the election of CLYC puppet, Bill Gordon. Nothing could be further from the truth. When in government the ALP shut down the Peninsula with Wild Rivers and other Green ideology. The ALP and then the LNP allowed the CYLC and Balkanu to manipulate communities and their leaders, depriving them of funds intended to lift the living standards of its languishing people.

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Billy Gordon

The federal government handed self-appointed indigenous leader Noel Pearson $22 million for his pet school curriculum, that none of the communities seem to want. If that was not enough the Liberals dished out a further $8 million to another of Pearson’s private companies for a training program.

Billy Gordon will be hard pressed to appease those who backed him in the election campaign. He is heavily indebted to the ETU and the union movement in general, the hopeless Greens, Cape York Land Council and Balkanu.

 

 

Greens party not interested in stopping coal seam gas, the morons are only after vote money

Labor benefits from Green and PUP preferences

by Robert J Lee

Coal seam gas and open cut coal mining on the way to Cape York

Clive Palmer and the Greens share first place for screwing up the chances of Independents and the Katter party winning seats at Saturday’s election. The hopeless nitwits of the Greens, usually off in weed-induced fairyland actually believe their fruit-loop Senators or other parliamentary members will do something about halting the coal seam gas scourge that is ruining water supplies and some of the best farm land and in Australia.

Christine Milne, Tasmania – Janet Rice, Victoria – Rachel Siewert, WA

Scott Ludlum WA – Penny Wright, SA – Lee Rhiannon, NSW

Richard di Natale, Victoria – Larissa Waters, Queensland

Pictures: Some of the Malthusian Green Party Senators clambering for Queensland taxpayer’s funds

But the Queensland Greens Party is primarily after the lucrative $2.90 per vote handed out by the Queensland Electoral Commission, compliments of the taxpayer. The Greens how to vote card gave closet CSG supporters, the Labor Party number two. Conversely the ALP card did the same. Most of the arm draggers of the Greens are too stupid to know their megalomaniacal idol and one-time Premier, now American citizen Peter Beattie actually started CSG in Queensland when he handed out hundreds of exploration permits to foreign CSG companies ten years ago. Beattie, of course was handsomely rewarded for his efforts and has a share portfolio that would be the envy of Macquarie Bank.

At an anti-CSG meeting Bob Katter told Cairns News 12 months ago he had presented a Bill in Federal Parliament to place a moratorium on CSG exploration and drilling until its environmental effects could be properly assessed by competent authorities. This Bill has been widely publicised. Where are the Greens? What has Queensland Green senator Larissa Waters ever done to stop CSG. Nothing!

It is now overwhelmingly apparent the pagan Greens have no interest in halting the CSG industry. The party’s claims of helping the environment fly in the face of reality.

 

The ETU, CYLC, Balkanu and Bill Gordon

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Billy Gordon

The Electrical Trades Union claims it dispatched 6000 of its drones from Melbourne, Tasmania and New South Wales to converge on polling booths and towns across the state. In the electorate of Cook that stretches from the PNG border to Mareeba(60klm west of Cairns), ETU minions adorned with their red Billy Gordon(ALP) T shirts clutching ‘no sale of assets’ green signs assisted indigenous candidate and now Member for Cook Bill Gordon with his election campaign. The ETU assailed the inhabitants of Thursday Island, Bamaga and Aurukun with their presence and dominance at pre-polling centres in communities across the top of Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait. What policy deals have been done between the ETU, Bill Gordon, the Greens and the dodgy Cape York Land Council and its business arm, Balkanu, are not yet evident.

What is evident however, in true ALP style, is that a bus load of indigenous rent-a-vote people was seen arriving at the Mareeba pre-polling centre to vote, evidently for Bill Gordon. How this crowd was able to bypass the new identification requirement of the Electoral Commission is not yet known.

The sad part of the Cape York Peninsula result is that rank-and-file Aborigines, duped by the CYLC and Balkanu believe that their plight might change with the election of CLYC puppet, Bill Gordon. Nothing could be further from the truth. When in government the ALP shut down the Peninsula with Wild Rivers and other Green ideology. The ALP and then the LNP allowed the CYLC and Balkanu to manipulate communities and their leaders, depriving them of funds intended to lift the living standards of its languishing people.

The federal government handed self-appointed indigenous leader Noel Pearson $22 million for his pet school curriculum, that none of the communities seem to want. If that was not enough the Liberals dished out a further $8 million to another of Pearson’s private companies for a training program.

The Greens have demonised coal mining, the backbone of the Queensland economy, claiming runoff from coal mining, hundreds of kilometres inland, somehow finds its way to the Great Barrier Reef, more than 50 kilometres off the coastline. The Environmental Protection Act disallows run off from any mine site and according to independent geologists, seldom occurs.

The brain-dead Greens know little about the importance of thousands of years of soil run-off during the wet season. This important natural occurrence provides the sediment for upper estuaries, nurturing mangroves and fish breeding grounds. The Greens omit to mention that Gladstone Harbour, like other coastal ecosystems has a permanent oil slick. Shale-oil runoff from Kerosene Creek and shale-oil beds along the upper reaches of the Calliope River seep into the waterways that feed Gladstone harbour. This has been occurring for several thousand years, ever since the shale oil beds formed.

What will these knuckleheads do about this natural phenomena?

Sarah Hanson Young, SA – Adam Bandt, Vic MHR – Peter Whish Wilson, Tasmania

Pictures: Some of the arm-dragging Green Neanderthals

 

 

Palmer gets wrecker of the year award

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Clive Palmer

Clive Palmer should get the wrecker of the year award for standing candidates in 50 seats, neutering the KAP and independent candidates. PUP’s best result was eight percent, predicted by most observers who said PUP would not gain one seat. Palmer has turned out to be the secret weapon of the Labor Party. He did not care if he trashed KAP or independents, he just wanted the LNP and Campbell Newman’s scalps. But he took votes from those independents with similar policies to PUP,  caring less about the economic fate of business or households.

Should Palmer’s antagonism towards the Liberals not dissipate over the next three years, and if he has the financial resources, can we expect a similar fiasco next time around?