When Gavin King was a loudmouth columnist at the Cairns Post he was never short of words, or indeed expressing his views on any issue - using abrasive and community-devisive language.
We are all familiar with how since his election to the state parliament he has, to use his own words, become a politician "manufactured on conveyor belts and forced to act like performing parrots to spread a unified party message". He's become what he loathes. How do you explain such gutter ethics to your young children?
A hallmark of King's election as shown here previously are the millions of dollars in lost government funding to Cairns since his election. And the real unexpected blow has been the loss of jobs and regional government offices.
So the average voter would have expected, or hoped, to find Gavin fighting for us in the Parliament, because as he's often told us as a columnist, THAT'S HIS JOB! Sadly however, he's done nothing of the sort.
So what did Gavin King do for Cairns in his first year of Parliamentary sittings?
Last year the LNP Parliament sat for a total of 34 days.
And King spoke only eight times - in this his opportunity to educate his LNP colleagues about what he continually claims are "special issues" and the uniqueness of Cairns, he took the microphone only eight times.
And four of those speeches were less than five minutes long!
His total speaking time through the year was just 65 minutes. Hardly enough to get thru the Parliamentary platitudes of arse kissing his eminence and the rest of the front bench.
By contrast in 1998, Desley' Boyle's first year in state Parliament, she made 18 speeches over the 35 sitting days.
Even more revealing is the word analysis of the King speeches using the popular and powerful Tag Crowd software. It reveals that instead of talking about the needs of our community to his LNP mates, he spends most of his time playing politics, attacking the Labor Party, and sucking up to the boss.
The Tag Analysis shows:
• Of the top 20 words he uses, the third most used word by Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King in his Parliamentary speeches is "Labor" - mentioning it 58 times. That's seven times per speech! Funny, but isn't his government the LNP?
• If you exclude the words "Cairns" and "government", "Labor" is his most uttered word in these speeches.
• "Labor" is mentioned nearly twice as many times as "health", "community", and "tourism" - despite the fact he's the Assistant Tourism Minister!
• Notably absent from his vocabulary are "education", "jobs", "employment", "transport", "environment", "families", "welfare", "law & order", "police", "infrastructure", "roads", and "housing".
Clearly the order from Newman to King is simple: Attack Labor, mate. Attack the Labor record. Forget your constituents and Cairns if you want to get ahead, and do what a good LNP lackey does.
What a dud. We didn't expect anything from this turkey, but we're getting even less. With only eight attempts to represent Cairns to Parliament in a year by instead playing petty party politics to please his boss, is in any wonder Cairns is losing out under this LNP government and King's "representation" of us?
Something for the nurses to keep in mind today when they rally for the community's health needs. King will be in hiding, his promises for "Tier 1 Hospital Funding" swept under the LNP rug of failed government as the LNP wrecking ball continues its swing thru Cairns.