Other media outlets have already noted the low numbers of women being appointed to ministerial positions in the new Tony Abbott government - with only one cabinet-level woman being named, even the Afghan government has more women in positions of power.
Callers to the Cueball show this week included two men who both made virtually the same observation - that 'we got rid of Val (Schier), Anna (Bligh), and Julia (Gillard), and now have returned to proper governance with men in power". While this return to neanderthal days is unfortunate, there is evidence that this neanderthal thinking is now being extended to others who "aren't normal".
Much to the chagrin of Cueball MacKenzie, an increasing volume of complaints on the performance (and lack thereof) of state MP's are gaining traction in the community. The pathetic performance of Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King has been evident from day one. But the other two FNQ MP's are now being called out for non-performance. Member for Barron River Michael Trout has been little more than a whipping boy for his dark master Campbell Newman. He was unable to stop location of Boot Camp Version #1 at Kuranda, and was thrown under the bus after that failed. His contributions to the Aquis proposals have been virtually non-existent and questions have been raised about financial benefits to his "Blazing Saddles" venture. And even David Kempton is taking a flogging from the Daintree area residents - he's apparently become Mr. Invisible as the government abandons their commitment to mains power north of the Daintree River.
It is in this growing environment of dissatisfaction that preselections are being contemplated for the next
Queensland election. With much of Queensland ALP in disarray, Cairns looks fortunate to have an ALP candidate that's demonstrated the temperament and public service dedication, and he likely would return Cairns to the Labor side of the ledger. Cairns nonRegional Councillor Rob Pyne. Then again, with so much hostility towards Gavin King apparent even among hard-core LNP members, a trained chimp might beat him.
With the growing indications that Pyne is going to throw his hat into the ring for this seat, attacks on him under the guise of "empathy" are circulating in the community - and in some cases from the Green side of politics. On social media, well-known Mr. Sheridan lefty Ivor Morgan has made the comment that 'while he'd love Rob (Pyne) to be a candidate for the Cairns seat, he might not be able to handle it, you know, being 'like he is'". Certainly a despicable description of Rob's need for, and use of a wheelchair.
Coming on the heels of Campbell Newman's discontinuation of two programs for those with disabilities (taxi wheelchair subsidy, and the federal NDIS legislation), Ivor Morgan has stupidly supported the LNP rollback on equal protections of those that aren't "able" white men. His knowledge of history needs a little tune-up - the most productive American President in history, Franklin Roosevelt, steered America out of a depression and thru a world war all from his wheelchair, as a polio survivor.
Anyone that's seen Rob Pyne in action knows that his chair is no impediment to his performance either. His wife Jenny corrected Morgan for his ignorance, pointing out the extensive travel they've done since the accident that put him in a wheelchair. Travel that's included Japan, China, New Zealand, as well as across Australia - more travel than most able-bodied Australians have done.
Cairns and FNQ are looking increasingly like a pariah at all levels of government as we struggle to get our needs met. We can't succumb to ignorant attacks on viable candidates for ignorant reasons. Experienced local candidates need to be encouraged from all quarters to replace the nodding yes-men we've mistakenly put into office.