Queensland Economy Watch has a post on the excitement being generated at the Journal of Ignorance by the prospect of an expanded naval presence in Cairns. Kitchenslut's observation on this is more flippant:
"Where can you find pleasure
Search the world for treasure
Learn science technology
Where can you begin to make your dreams all come true
On the land or on the sea
Where can you learn to fly
Play in sports and skin dive
Sign up for the big band
Or sit in the grandstand
When your team and others meet"
- In The Navy, The Village People (KS: sounds like more tourism to me?)
"Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash"
- Winston Churchill
Times change, hey?
Update: The latest instalment today from the Bogan King features support from Deputy Premier, Paul Lucas, based on an economic stabilisation strategy for Cairns. This is NOT a reason to support an increased naval presence in Cairns. Defence is a large chunk of the Federal budget and is renowned for management incompetence. The Navy has been prominent here in recent times. The only reason to support an expansion of HMAS Cairns is if it stacks up on cost and defence strategy objectives. NOT some misguided regional support strategy which would not be in the national interest.