No sugar coating
IN the movies they call it “come to Jesus” time.
I’m talking about Mackay Sugar going public with the state of its finances and the recommendations of its consultants towards fixing its very serious debt problems.
The proposed levy on the cane growers is a bombshell. It hurts to say it but there seems to be a pretty grey cloud over the local mill and the sugar industry up here right now. We will have to wait to see how it plays out.
THE electoral redistribution proposed last week left the seat of Cook pretty much unchanged. It added Wangetti, but that’s about it. A surprise given the potential changes, which did indeed play out in some neighbouring seats. There had been potential for the huge seat of Cook to become even bigger. The fact it didn’t means we dodged a bullet. The Cairns Post ran a small list of possible contenders for Cook: Tania Major, Jack Willkie-Jans, Greg Fennell and David Kempton. David Kempton has repeatedly said he won’t run, but lately he’s been a bit more active on facebook, having a word to say on this and that, and reminding people he’s still around and engaged. When in office, David was a frequent communicator, issuing press releases weekly and seemed to be across the broad range of issues in this huge seat. He had a stable team that were easy to get in touch with. That flow – the sort of contact which journalists value, for obvious reasons – dried up after the last election. Mr Gordon has been around a bit more lately, as this looks more and more like an election year. An election notable in more ways than one – it is the first for a four-year parliament. I was long in favour of these in the past but lately I’m not so sure. The ability to change leaders is increasingly attractive.