Gibson talks of sin bin
DAVID Gibson was having a good day, comparatively speaking, when he called in to The Gympie Times.
In casual clothes yesterday he remarked that it was the best day of his working week so far - by a long shot.
And that was almost all he had to say about his fall from grace in the new government - almost.
Mr Gibson was happy to talk about the effects on him and his family of what anyone would describe as a bad week at the office.
On the other side, he also spoke of how the support of the community, including people he does not know personally, lifted him above his worst crisis in politics so far. As he said yesterday: "The events of the past week and the support people have shown to me and my family have just reminded me, again, of what a great community this is."
Mr Gibson resigned on Monday from his role as Minister for Police and Community Safety, after police checks revealed he had been caught driving unlicensed after not paying a speeding fine. Only now have things started to look up.
'Thanks', says ex-minister
David Gibson will be back at work on Monday after being busted back to the nether-benches of the Campbell Newman government.
Now one of the state's shortest-serving ministers, Mr Gibson says he remains optimistic about his future - although it is an optimism he has obviously had to dredge up from the deepest levels of his highly trained talent for positive thinking.
For now, there is plenty to do in the Gympie electorate, he said in an exclusive interview yesterday.
Things like the Bruce Hwy, pay for hospital workers, the Mary Valley revival, the removal of beach driving permit fees, the return of powers to local government, the defence of local farmers from irrigation access issues and the enforcement of tree clearing laws, the need to foster manufacturing and the impact of the carbon tax on local employment and enterprise are high up on his near-term agenda.
But at the top of his to-do list now is a big thank you to the region's people, whose support for him has surprised many (including possibly some of those who have, for the moment, brought him down).
"I've been really humbled by the amount of support shown by the people of Gympie, both to my family and to me personally," he said.
"There have literally been hundreds of phone calls, emails, texts and messages of support.
"My focus hasn't changed.
"I'm still the Member for Gympie and on Monday morning I will be back in the office, once again working hard to deliver for the people of Gympie."
What he promises to deliver is "all the promises made by the LNP during the election campaign".
"We still have the Bruce Hwy to fix, we still have issues with our nurses' pay at the hospital and many other legacy items from years of neglect by Labor governments."
Working on all those issues is, he says, the only way he can repay the kindness of those who have buoyed him up over the past few ugly days in politics.
"The restoration of the Mary Valley remains a priority and beach permit fees remain an important issue for tourism," he said.