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Ever heard of Cheryl Vardon, the bird above? Probably not we guess, few have, but she’s the Queensland Children’s Commissioner that Premier Pannacotta and her sidekick Del Shannon appointed about a year ago to keep kids in Queensland safe.

She’s done an outstanding job of it hasn’t she?

Not.

We’ve lost track of how many kids have lost their live since Vardon took office, and while their deaths are not directly her fault, the fact that she doesn’t have a clue how to stop the carnage is.

Hers and the Minister for Families and the Premier who appointed her’s fault that is. The two folk who have failed to fully inform us of their appointees past; the pair who have conspired with the Children’s Commissioner to hide the facts about her past work history that renders her totally unsuitable for the top child protection job; the duet who continue to deceive Queensland about exactly who Cheryl Vardon is and where she’s been.

This is what Queenslanders who jump onto the Queensland Family and Child Commission website are told about the outfit’s boss’s experience:

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Sounds good doesn’t she? If you don’t know that Turtle Island is where the soft-core kiddy porn movie The Blue Lagoon starring a 14-year-old Brooke Shields was filmed that is, and that the consulting on a secondary school – which closed down about 2 minutes after it was built by the way, coincidentally about the same time that it didn’t get a casino licence – was done for the island’s owner, an inventor of cable TV technology that made him filthy rich who built the island resort on the back of the profits from showing the under-age Shields to the world 9/10’s nude.

At least the shell of the Turtle’s exposed though, even if the innards aren’t.

A whole decade of Vardon’s career however has seemingly vanished into the haze.

That decade in question is the one and a bit between 2004 and 2015, when Vardon worked as the mouthpiece for the gambling industry in her role as Chief Executive of the Australian Gambling Council, later renamed at her suggestion the Australasian Gambling Council so she could spruik for the Kiwi casino operators too, and cop a pay rise in the process as compensation for the extra spin, lies, smoke and mirrors she’d need to employ to convince people on both sides of the ditch that gambling is good, just like Gordon Gecko’s greed.

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Gambling’s not good. Or at least it’s not good for the casino and poker machine industry’s most profitable clients, the hopeless compulsive gamblers who are drawn to the tables and machines like lemmings are to the edges of cliffs, and throw their much-needed money over the edge just like the lemmings jump.

It’s not good for the gambler’s families either, not good at all, because they are statistically hugely likely to cop the lash or the bash from the embittered gambling addict after the moth-drawn-to-a-flame-like flutterer has massacred their dough.

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That’s why neither Vardon nor the Queensland Government want to tell you about her recent past, because it renders it totally and utterly unfit to hold the top job.

Just as it renders those who appointed Vardon unfit to hold theirs.

Put the Children  first Premier. Fess up, sack Del, and then do the right thing yourself.

Leave the card counting to the experts in the Casino.

The children of Queensland are counting on you.