Election contenders come to Cairns

Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott both arrived in Cairns during the beginning of August to sweeten the voters of the far north.  Mr Abbott announced $92M of spending on tourism initiatives over the next four years, and Ms Gillard promised $9.4M for a rainforest research facility in the Daintree and $14.4M for 16 new rehabilitation beds in Cairns.

But Warren Entsch's campaign hit a snag when Tony Abbott would ont commit funds to Mr Entsch's grand vision for the Cairns' vision.