King smoothly managed to parlay an undistinguished career at regional Murdoch newspaper (where he was seen by his senior management to be un-promotable) into this 3-year term with the Newman government. Devoid of ideas and shunned by the LNP leadership, King (along with Michael Trout) have clearly been ostracized and sidelined by the Brisbane LNP leadership. Only David Kempton, a lawyer, has gotten any personal respect.
This was underscored by the LNP leadership because King, as a Murdoch journalist, was distrusted the day he arrived, and his big mouth posturing sealed his fate. And let's not forget his first week shenanigans with Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning, using personal email accounts to screw Cairns out of $38m. A slippery one, King is.
Cairns has suffered mightily at the incompetence of Gavin King. Cairns has gone backwards economically because of King. But who can sum up the performance of Gavin King better than - GAVIN KING!
(From his column in the Cairns Post).
Firstly, there's the promised dredging of the Trinity Inlet. While we believe a cost:benefit analysis of this project doesn't begin to stack up, a promise is a promise. This promise is in large part what King based his campaign on.
And in a devious move, Cairns voters now won't be given the Environmental Impact Statement, which has been promised by King and Newman since last March. With the government in caretaker mode, this report won't be going anywhere.
But the bigger issues surrounding Cairns are economic. No one with two brain cells to rub together is counting on Tony Fung and his Aquis project. Cairns under Gavin King has had three years of non-investment by the government, or anyone else. (With reckoning day due to arrive for Warren Entsch soon). Quickly scrapped after the last election were the vision to decentralise the Queensland Government by putting a department in Cairns - (we were told no one wants to live here). The promise not to tamper with the Solar Panel Feed-in Contracts was a lie. The '30 different agencies dealing with homelessness and mental health' system hasn't had any structural changes made to it. And while the Brisbane area has started to rebound from the 23,000 public servants axed by Newmann, Cairns has the highest unemployment in Australia - and we didn't have any of these public servant jobs to begin with!
Other King initiatives have been fizzers. The highly-touted air service from China lasted about has long as our government cash handout to the Chinese lasted. King gave back $38M promised for CBD upgrades and then jumped for joy when he was able to get a measly $3M to do Lake Street, which the rest of the CBD looks shithouse.
The excrement from King has gotten so deep, even John MacKenzie, King's godfather, care barely speak to the guy anymore.
Continued massive increases in electricity prices along with insurance premiums no one can afford, and the polls all point their fingers at others, doing nothing for the electorate in Far North Queensland.
And let's not forget the massive LNP salary rort, which took King to almost $230,000 per year - as much as THREE Cairns families. A salary that he apparently has taken to mean it's OK for him to carpark in disabled car parking spaces.
But, in an ironic twist of fate, Gavin King's last kick on Anna Bligh proved to be almost totally accurate. We urge you to ponder them on election day:
'A brief flash of leadership isn't enough to sweep away years of reactionary politicking and a repeated failure to think outside the south-east Queensland Square.
That's not to say the Liberal National Party are any better. They aren't. Unfortunately, almost depressingly, there is only one way to look at it.
As much as I don't want to see a State Government led by the current crop of so-called leaders of the LNP, I don't think they can do any worse that the current crop of so-called leaders of the Bligh Government.'
And only in this last paragraph has King been wrong. The LNP HAVE done worse - and Gavin King is one of the reasons why!