As the economy of Far North Queensland continues to reel under the weight of massive unemployment and little investment in the region by the Queensland government, the local LNP MP's have already launched their campaign on today's John MacKenzie hillbilly show.
In a transparently manipulative lead-in, MacKenzie first called Mayor for Vice Terry James (Mayor Bob wasn't up yet) to spruik the $5M state contribution to the grossly mismanaged Lake Street upgrade. (He didn't mention the $30M promised for the CBD upgrade that Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King and the Mayor kicked-back to the LNP after their election).
Then we were treated to a heavily-scripted hour of King answering hand-picked questions which allowed him take credit for initiatives like the Bruce Highway upgrade - projects that he, and the LNP, did nothing to facilitate.
King failed to answer any questions about what are said to be massive problems at the new Cairns Hospital Block D - electrical problems that have delayed opening for almost two months, no staff recruitment for the new building, and other issues that include hospital beds that are too large to fit in the elevators!
The reason for this campaign launch? The weekend reports that show the LNP losing government at the next election despite the huge win it had just over two years ago. And the biggest losers (other than Newman himself in his Ashgrove electorate) are Gavin King, Michael Trout, and David Kempton - members who've taken gladly huge pay rises as their fellow citizens collapse under the weight of electricity pricing, insurance gouging, and the giant fat arse of the Minister of Bloggers, Warren Entsch.
King also announced (over and over again) that he was going to welcome ten new police recruits to Cairns. Sadly, one of the callers knocked back by 4CA gatekeeper Janelle was hoping to ask King how many police have been lost to the Cairns region, and what insiders report as a net LOSS of police resources in the region.
A breathless MacKenzie lobbed pre-discussed softball questions to his protégé - and both he and King agreed that Townsville Minister for Local Government David Crisafulli would be a terrific replacement for Campbell Newman, who most assuredly will be gone after the next election. It is unknown if Crisafulli is participating in this disloyalty to the current premier.
Newman, who gets transcripts of all of King's public statements after showing disloyalty after the election, is now busy removing the dagger from his back. . .