With a crew of jolly tars , part of the Westminster system tied up in Townsville.
During this short election campaign it is doubtful if North Queensland has seen so many big spending drunken sailors since the wild days when a waterfront area of Cairns , known as the Barbary Coast , with many pubs, rocked to the roar of roistering matelots . Money flowed thick and fast .
Liverpool Irishmen off the many ships in port and wharfies often clashed . Any police party venturing into the area had to be at least four strong . One of the many characters there was a lanky damsel , with long , straight , grey hair , who wore a dark blue wrap around , a floppy white hat and fashionable white sandshoes , resulting in her becoming known to one and all as Sandshoe Annie . She would sidle up to a sailor and say, “ Buy me a drink , love . ” Failure to take up her kind request would result in a broadside as she could swear like a trooper .
In the ports of Cairns and Townsville today the Mission to Seamen must be rushed off its feet catering for all the intoxicated Newman government sailors rushing about trying to seduce voters with promises of grand schemes amounting to billions of dollars if they sell off the family silver . By contrast , the ALP seems to be a bunch of thrifty Cloncurry sea cadets on CWA lemonade . NEXT : Promises, promises and more promises as LNP bounces another cheque in a waterfront dive and Premier Newman inspires new Monty Python dead parrot skit .