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Torres Strait Islanders need to take a reality check – their islands are sinking

by staff writers

The inhabitants of Boigu, Poruma, Warraber and Masig Islands in the Torres Strait should take a reality check.

The “Torres Strait Eight”, from left: Yessie Mosby, Kabay Tamu, Keith Pabai, Nazareth Warria, Stanley Marama, Ted Billy, Daniel Billy and Nazareth Fauid, All have been duped by lying Labor and Greens. Their islands are sinking. The simple solution is to relocate the islanders to a more stable land form. Pic ABC

These poor people have been duped by the climate change cult, the ABC and the communists of the United Nations into believing their islands are being submerged by rising sea levels.

Geologists have long warned that some islands in the Torres Strait are actually sinking because of poor sub-strata and in some cases they are just sandy or coral cays which come and go over years.

There is no evidence anywhere in the world of significant, rising sea levels.

The Marxists of the UN have found that the Islanders are being denied their Human Rights because the Commonwealth Government of Australia has done nothing to prevent the islands from ‘rising sea levels.’

The Human Rights committee said Australia had violated two of their three human rights set out in a UN treaty, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) — the right to enjoy their culture and be free from arbitrary interferences with their private life, family and home — but not their right to life.

Some 173 of the 193 UN member states have ratified the covenant, including Australia. Naturally the island inhabitants want compensation.

There is no enforcement mechanism but there are follow-up steps, and states generally comply with the committee’s findings.

The UN Human Rights Committee called for the Australian government to provide the islanders with an effective remedy to stop their islands from being submerged.

When the UN and Australian governments do not believe in God it is hard to fathom how they can stop the land form from sinking.

Multi-million dollar sea walls recently constructed on Sabai Island will not prevent the islands from sinking

Already the State Labor Party and the Federal Liberal Party have wasted many tens of millions of dollars shipping several million tonnes of large rocks 1400 klms from Cairns to the Torres Strait to form sea walls, all to no avail.

Dumping massive amounts of rock on the beaches has exacerbated the problem by adding more weight to the land causing it to sink even more quickly.

Labor Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said the Albanese government was committed to working with Torres Strait Islanders on climate change.

“Soon after the change of government, the Prime Minister, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs and the Minister for Climate Change and Energy traveled to the Torres Strait to talk with elders and owners about the impacts of climate change on them,” Mr Dreyfus said.

The Indian Ocean to the north west of the Australian continent merges with the Timor Sea then further east with the Arafura Sea then Torres Strait waters. The Indian Ocean has recorded a 0.00mm sea level rise in the past 100 years.

Doesn’t water find its own level?

Chinese warships direct laser at Aussie maritime patrol aircraft in Arafura Sea inside exclusive economic zone

from American Military News

The Australian Defence Department said a Chinese warship directed and flashed a laser device at an Australian patrol aircraft on Thursday, endangering the flight crew.

Chinese warship targets surveillance aircraft with laser

Australian officials described the incident in a press statement first published Saturday. According to the statement, an Australian P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft was flying over Australia’s northern approaches when it detected that a laser was pointing at it and determined the laser was emanating from a Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA-N) vessel operating in the area.

“Illumination of the aircraft by the Chinese vessel is a serious safety incident,” Australia’s Defense Department said. “Acts like this have the potential to endanger lives.”

Shining lasers at aircraft runs the risk of damaging a pilot’s eyesight and even temporarily blinding them in flight, raising the risk of a crash or disorientation. Military-grade lasers can also have the potential to damage ship and aircraft systems.

“We strongly condemn unprofessional and unsafe military conduct. These actions could have endangered the safety and lives of the ADF personnel,” the Australian military added. “Such actions are not in keeping with the standards we expect of professional militaries.”

The Australian officials said the Chinese vessel that shined the laser was sailing alongside another PLA-N vessel. Both Chinese warships were sailing in the Arafura Sea to Australia’s north and, since the incident, have sailed east through the Torres Strait and into the Coral Sea.

Following the incident, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, “I’m very concerned about the actions, though, of using the lasers on an Australian surveillance aircraft. That is, I can see it no other way than an act of intimidation, one that was unprovoked, unwarranted and Australia will never accept such acts of intimidation.”

Though the incident didn’t take place in Australia’s territorial waters, Morrison said it did take place inside Australia’s exclusive economic zone.

“I have no doubt that it had been an Australian vessel, or a British vessel, American vessel, a French vessel, a Japanese vessel for that matter, or German, that was going through a similar waters up in the South China Sea and that was done to a Chinese surveillance aircraft, then I think people can guess about what reaction to that would have been,” Morrison added.

Reuters reported Australia has since called on the Chinese side to conduct a “full investigation” of the incident.

In response to the Australian claims, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said, “According to what we have checked and verified with relevant department on the Chinese side, the information released by the Australian side is untrue.”

“The normal navigation of Chinese vessels on the high seas is in line with relevant international law and international practice and completely legal and legitimate,” Wenbin added. “We urge Australia to respect the lawful rights that China’s vessels are entitled to in relevant waters under international law and stop maliciously disseminating China-related disinformation.”

This is not the first time China has been accused of targeting other nations’ aircraft with lasers. In February 2020, the U.S. military raised complaints U.S. aircraft flying into a base in the east African country of Djibouti were being targeted with lasers coming from a nearby Chinese military base.

While the Labor Premier and Health officials threaten the Far North over low vaccination rates homeless people too refuse the deadly jab

by Jim O’Toole in Cairns

Cairns health officials set up a makeshift Covid jab facility in a large city park frequented by homeless Aborigines and others to no avail as the disadvantaged people have woken up to the evil intent of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to have them inoculated with an experimental and proven, dangerous mRNA toxin containing foetal matter that will eventually kill.

The families of many tens of thousands of vaxx victims across the world and in Australia can attest to the deaths and injuries and the blinding fact the vaccine doesn’t prevent any coronavirus.

Even with the enticement of $25 a shot or free ice-creams not one of the poor people of Cairns and regions turned up to to get a jab.

The dopey and patronising Labor Party has not yet woken up that the bauble days of beads and King plates are long over.

Savvy Murris with IPhones have done their own research rather than listen to the lies of the politicians and health departments. Their research about the spiraling death and injury rate of vaxx victims has spread far and wide in Aboriginal communities.

Today a North Queensland Cowboys footballer is heading for the Aboriginal community of Palm Island near Townsville trying to coerce his indigenous relatives to get the jab.

Whatever his motives may be he will be wasting his time and further wrecking any notion of trust between government and Aborigines. Goodbye Reconciliation and good riddance!

The majority will never get the jab from these government liars and manipulators who have forever destroyed any hope of unity between black and white and let the unintelligent Premier at her peril take away their sit down money or any other of a multitude of taxpayer-funded benefits for refusing the jab.

The medical mafia and their dodgy data are wasted on our indigenous brothers.

Queensland Health Department is wasting its time trying to coerce Aborigines into getting the jab. Research by savvy Murris has revealed the ALP/LNP/Greens push for depopulation

Not one in sight Oct 29, 2021, Khalu Park. White Rock, Cairns! Cairns News today received reports of a convoy of army trucks heading north along the Peninsula Development Road towards Torres Strait and its large Islander and Aboriginal population. More reports to come.

Huge push to jab Aborigines and Islanders will backfire

To our many indigenous friends and readers across Northern Australia:

The Queensland Labor Party is coming to get you, but MP Cynthia Lui doesn’t have to get it, and force you to have the now proven beyond any doubt, dangerous Covid inoculation.

Labor Member for Torres Strait, Cynthia Lui of Yam Island and a daughter of former LNP stalwart Gaetano Lui does not have to get the deadly Covid jab but she is forcing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to get it.

Aboriginal and Islander people have proven to be quite susceptible to influenza-type sickness but if you get the gene-altering jab being pushed by the Queensland Labor Party, in particular the Labor Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui and the not-too-bright Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Craig Crawford of Cairns you will suffer sooner or later. It does not prevent you from getting a coronavirus.

Did you know that India, with a population of 1,397,605,690 has all but fixed its Covid problem by using Ivermectin which is a cheap anti-parasitic medicine that the big vaccine companies can’t make any money out of.

Did you know the Queensland Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made a law to stop doctors from prescribing Ivermectin or the anti-malaria medicine hydroxychloroquine?

Did you know that nearly all hospital admissions for Covid related disease have had the Covid jab?

Did you know, according to world renowned researchers, the so-called Delta variant is actually caused by the vaccine?

Did you know that Crawford, as a Cabinet Minister, will not support a vaccine mandate for himself or any other Queensland politician?

While he is forcing you to get the deadly jab, he does not have to take it himself.

Nor does Cynthia Lui of Yam Island, who incidentally is trying to introduce a one-size-fits-all Islander and Aboriginal ILUA which will ensure your tribal group loses control over any native title claims it may have.

These two Labor members are not your friends. Because they are members of the ALP they are in the pockets of the large vaccine companies like Pfizer and Astra Zeneca who are making hundreds of millions of dollars from Australian vaccine sales. These so-called vaccines have killed and injured tens of thousands of innocent people of all ages across Europe, America and Australia. Look up previous articles in Cairns News from our correspondents around the world and in Australia for verification.

There is no going back if you get the jab. If you refuse, it is most likely the state and federal governments will take your sit down money and grants away as they threaten to do if you don’t vote for the Labor Party at every election.

Because they can’t lawfully force you take the poisonous jab we suggest you maintain your position and tell them you won’t be wearing a useless and ineffective mask or will you be locked up in your home unable to go to the shop or canteen or go fishing. Without daily sunlight you will get very sick.

Take them on at their own game, it’s your future health and wellbeing at stake. The Covid scam has nothing to do with controlling an influenza epidemic. It is all about controlling you and your family.

The government will decide if you can buy food and what type of groceries you can buy. They will decide if you can get married and who is allowed to attend. They will prevent you from holding tombstone openings or attending funerals.

Ring Craig Crawford’s office in Cairns (42290100) and ask him, in between drinks, to provide a sworn statement that he has had the deadly jab, not a placebo(saline water jab) like other politicians.

Ring Cynthia too and ask the same question on 1800802391.

Tell Crawford your cultural beliefs do not allow you to have such a vaccine. It’s your life you are protecting.

From Jim O’Toole, Townsville Bureau

cairnsnews@protonmail.com

China moving on the Torres Strait and the Pacific Islands

Pacific Islands face the same fate as Uyghurs unless we stand up

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has used a protest in Adelaide to warn people in the Torres Straits, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Pacific Island that they are condemned to the same genocide currently being experienced by the Uyghurs in East Turkestan at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.

Bob Katter at the South Australian Parliament with former Queensland University student Drew Pavlou (right) who was assaulted by Chinese thugs at the uni for standing up to Chinese tyranny

“Please don’t blame Chinese people, we aren’t talking about the people, we are talking about the imperialist, expansionist, totalitarian dictatorship in Beijing that is moving into the Pacific Islands, PNG and the Torres Straits,” said Mr Katter to hundreds of protesters outside South Australia’s state parliament.

“I ask my brother/cousins in New Guinea, my brother cousins in the Pacific Islands, my brother cousins in the Torres Straits, understand what the Turkestan is suffering now – that is your fate. That is your fate.

“Please listen to what the Uyghur people are saying because this is happening as we speak.  There are revelations that will rock you about the Torres Straits which will come to light this week.

“I came here to demonstrate on behalf of Drew Pavlou who was kicked out of the Queensland University for having the temerity to stand-up and speak out against tyranny.

“So I send the message ‘God bless those people who have the guts to speak up’.  Let those that have courage stand up and fight and yes some of us might go down, and I want to go down fighting. I want to be remembered as an Australian who stood up and fought.

“Let us remember what happened in Europe. Hitler took country, after country, after country – and everyone was too gutless to stand up to him – until Winston Churchill, God bless him. And here today are the Winston Churchills.”

Mr Katter slammed Minister Simon Birmingham for condoning the former University of Queensland (UQ) Vice Chancellor, Peter Hoj (Now Adelaide University Vice Chancellor), for his failed response to the Chinese influence over the Confucius Institute.

“Simon Birmingham, If you think I let people get away with making decisions like letting Hoj go unpunished, I say to the Minister, take a look at my record and you tell me if I let people get away with that!” he said.

“A young man had the courage to stand up and you know what happened, the Chinese government thugs bashed him and his friends in Australia – and Høj, the Vice Chancellor of the university did not punish the perpetrators, he punished Drew!

“Remember Simon Birmingham’s name right. Work like a dog against him. Because it will be remembered in infamy that he treated Høj like he was some sort of hero.

“China is a very big and powerful country. But in World War 2, the whole of Europe was up against a tiny little nation and everyone thought Winston Churchill would bend the knee. But he said, ‘we will fight you on the beaches, on the hills, in your cities and we will never surrender.’ And just remember who won the war.

“So to my brother/cousins in the South Pacific, stand up and fight and every single Australian will be standing up and fighting with you – that I promise you!”

China active in the Pacific and Torres Strait spying on Australia in readiness for takeover

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-03/chinese-warships-enter-sydney-harbour-south-china-sea-claims/11172578

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-21/china-increases-surveillance-near-png/11028192

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-02/chinese-research-vessel-tracked-defence-subs-western-australia/12009708

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-07/chinese-spy-ship-heading-towards-australia-to-monitor-war-games/11285748

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-29/australian-military-aircraft-targeted-with-lasers-in-scs/11158452

Fisherman finds suspected Chinese submarine drone in crucial maritime route near Australia

Another Chinese ‘Belt and Road’ project this time to strangle Far North Queensland and Torres Strait

Not a word from newly elected Labor Member and Torres Strait resident Cynthia Lui

China is set to move a part of its commercial fishing fleet into the Torres Strait after a deal was struck in Port Moresby between China and Papua New Guinea last week.

Torres Strait fishery in danger of being wiped out but not a word from the Premier’s puppet Cynthia Lui (right)

Torres Strait Islanders are up in arms because the agreement could see 25 per cent of the Australian tropical rock lobster resource and 40 per cent of the allowable Torres Strait Spanish mackeral catch end up on Chinese dinner plates.

The deal would castrate the northern fishery leaving Torres Strait Islanders starving and further decimate the Island economy.

All sectors of the northern fishery have reacted angrily to the plan for the establishment of a “comprehensive Multi-functional Fishery Industrial Park project on Daru Island.

Under the agreement, Chinese-funded PNG fishermen can enter the Torres Strait under PNG’s treaty rights to take commercial species of fish.

Chairman of the Torres Strait Sea and Land Council Gur A Baradharaw Ned David told the Cape and Torres News his people were extremely concerned.

“I think we are going to have to sort out a few things on our side of the border,” Mr David said.

“We would like to see the level of monitoring and restrictions the Commonwealth has taken on the border for Covid 19 continued in terms of policing and presence to ensure that nobody is pilfering and plundering our resources on our side of the border.”

The Chinese government’s Ministry of Commerce website details the controversial deal:

“The Minister of Fisheries Hon Lino Tom, the Governor of Western Province, Hon Taboi Yoto and Yan Aiwu the authorised representative of Zhonghong Fisheries signed the memorandum.”

The Chinese Ambassador to PNG Xue Bing and other dignitaries witnessed the signing.

“Minister Tom said PNG encourages foreign investment to enter the fishery sector in order to realise the potential of PNG fishery.

“Under the influence of China’s One Belt One Road policy Zhonghong Fishery Company decided to invest in PNG……”

Liberal Member for Leichardt Warren Entsch said PNG was an independent nation and was entitled to do business with whom it liked.

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.

Minister asked to block any sale of the Tip of Cape York to Chinese interests

LAST month, the Gudang/Yadhaykenu Aboriginal Corporation took tenure of 211 ha of land in Cape York, including the abandoned Pajinka Resort and it is reported that Chinese investors are negotiating with the Traditional Owners to purchase the land.

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter shares the concerns of Northern Peninsula Area Mayor, Eddie Newman, that a takeover of the resort by offshore Chinese investors would lead to a dire situation for the Traditional Owners, and would be a major national security threat for Australia.

The freehold deeds to 211 ha (527 acres) on the Tip of Cape York being handed to Bernard Charlie, a representative of the Gudang/Yadhaykenu Aboriginal Corporation, by the Deputy Director of Lands, Wally Kearnan.
The three titles take in all of the Tip from the east coast high water mark to the west coast high water mark, compliments the Queensland Labor Party

“I have been reliably informed that Chinese buyers have visited the northern tip of Cape York on at least two occasions to inspect the abandoned resort, with a particular interest in photographing the northern rugged coastline,” Mr Katter said.

“Concerns raised by Mayor Eddie Newman are that due to no consultation there has been no safeguards for local jobs and no reassurance that the profits will actually go back into the local community.”

Options for rebuilding the resort will be discussed at the Gudang/Yadhaykenu Aboriginal Corporation’s annual general meeting tomorrow, Friday December 6.

“Why would they want the most northern point of Australia? The closest point to Papua New Guinea,” asked Mr Katter.

“There are numerous questions here and I would think the answers are pretty ugly.”

Mr Katter has taken the step of meeting with Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton, who has the power to block such foreign investment if it were to proceed.

“Losing control of the Torres Straits would be a national security disaster,” Mr Katter said.

“They’ve already handed over the Port of Darwin and given away the Ord in Western Australia. Almost every big cattle aggregation is foreign owned.

“The defence and security of this nation is precipitation for extreme anger in the United States and, infinitely more importantly, for every Australian who is just simply fed up with watching day after day the sell off of their country.

“The suits are parading around saying isn’t this foreign investment marvellous, but one day they’ll wake up in

a country that isn’t their own.”

Moving electorate office sends wrong message to regional Qld: Katter

The decision by Member for Cook Cynthia Lui to move her electorate from Mareeba to Cairns is the latest slap in the face from Labor to rural, regional and remote Queenslanders, State KAP Leader Robbie Katter has said.

 Mr Katter said while there were great challenges faced by MPs who represent large electorates, he was astounded that the Member for Cook had backed down from a pre-election promise and opted to move her office to Cairns.

 Cairns is not in the Cook electorate.

 The Traeger MP said Ms Lui’s relocation decision flew in the face of fighting against service centralisation and giving smaller communities a genuine voice in the Queensland Parliament.

 He said he was not surprised by reports that Mareeba locals were up in arms about the move.

 “In the interest of taking a stand against centralisation, I would like to call on the Member for Cook to reverse this decision,” Mr Katter said.

 “Regional Members of Parliament like myself and Ms Lui need to send a clear message to smaller communities that they matter and that their voices will be heard,” he said.

 “Relocating from Mareeba is one thing, but moving to Cairns which is not even in the Cook electorate sends a terrible message to the people of the North.”

 Mr Katter said the State Labor Party had a shocking track record of removing services from the bush and ignoring the views and voices of rural communities.

 “It is my experience that as an MP in these types of electorates, you need make a point of going to the people you represent and not waiting for them to come to you,” he said.

 “I clock up tens of thousands of kilometres every year and spend many days and nights away from home because I get out of my office and am on the road or in the air trying to get to people.

 “The KAP is fighting to keep services in the bush, meanwhile the Palaszczuk Government, with their own representatives, are taking services away – even a humble electorate office is not immune.

 “This is astounding.”

 

 

Will the real Member for Cook put up her hand?

Confusion reigns in the Mareeba office of the indigenous Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui.

Constituents in the Cook electorate since Ms Lui occupied her office earlier this year, have complained they cannot meet her face to face. Just who is the member?

They first have to get past her close minders, former Labor senator, Jan McLucas and former Labor candidate for Leichardt, Sharon Howes.

Both staffers guard Ms Lui jealously, and as one Labor insider put it, “…they will have to keep Cynthia wrapped in cotton wool….”

Cynthia Lui’s  chief minder, former Labor senator Jan McLucas keeps Cynthia wrapped in cotton wool.

The elected Member for Cook is jealously guarded by two officious minders.

Another minder and former Labor candidate for the federal seat of Leichardt and union official Sharon Howes, keeps close guard on Cynthia

On Wednesday Ms Lui, originally from Yam Island in the Torres Strait, was engulfed in controversy when she shamelessly backed the stringent legislative amendments to the hated Vegetation Management Act in parliament which will again see Cape York Peninsula sterilised of any development.

Chairman of the indigenous Cape York Land Council Richie Ah Mat told the ABC he would fight the new laws to the bitter end and had already instructed lawyers to ascertain if the VMA breached the Native Title Act.

Unfortunately for Mr Ah Mat, the Land Council knew well before it agreed to back the Labor Party at the state election, these new laws would be enacted.

A life member of the ALP who asked to remain anonymous, was critical of the anti-clearing laws which he said would again stop any development of vast Aboriginal freehold land holdings on the Cape.

“Richie is just playing the game. He knew this was coming but they backed Cynthia Lui at the election, doing other deals with the Labor Party which will be of great benefit to members of the Land Council,” the disgruntled life member claimed.

“The Land Council was told by the government if they don’t support them at the election they will simply turn off the money.

“Richie and the Land Council are paying lip service and are lackeys of whatever party is in power.

“They won’t bite the hand that feeds them.”

Leader of Katters Australian Party, Robbie Katter warned regional Labor members, in particular Ms Lui the party would target them at the next election for “disregarding the wishes of their electorates” by allowing the government to shut down any development on their land.

Cairns News has been contacted by a member of an influential Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC) who complained the VMA had scuttled their plans to create a productive cattle breeding property in the north of the Cape.

“We are very angry,” she said.

Cynthia Lui has been associated with politics for most of her life and should know how the flawed system operates.

Her father, Gaetano Lui was a close associate and supporter of the late Queensland National Party Premier Sir Joh Bjelke Petersen and remains a tenacious conservative voter, according to sources on Thursday Island.

When he was Chairman of the Torres Strait Regional Authority in 1996, Mr Lui was a strong voice behind the push for autonomy for the Straits.

Discussing self-rule for the Torres Strait, Gaetano Lui, stated, “ the central force behind this plan [for the TSRA] is our strong commitment to empowering our people to determine their own affairs. It is about controlling our own destiny and putting power back in the hands of our people.” (from HRC)

While the ALP holds power in the state and his daughter holds the seat of Cook, the Torres Strait will remain a part of Queensland. The indigenous people of Cape York Peninsula and the Torres Strait will have no say under a state or federal  ALP government.

“This is why Cynthia’s father never got a mention during the election campaign,” said the Labor insider.

Editor: Our editorial policy when dealing with indigenous informants usually is one of anonymity. Recriminations can be culturally dangerous in some situations.

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