Gavin King

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Gavin King
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Cairns
In office
24 March 2012 – 31 January 2015
Preceded by Desley Boyle
Succeeded by Rob Pyne
Personal details
Political party Liberal National
Occupation journalist

Gavin Ryan King (born 17 March 1979) is an Australian politician. He was a Liberal National Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 2012 to 2015, representing the electorate of Cairns. He served as Assistant Minister for Tourism in the Newman Ministry from 2012 to 2015. He was previously known for being a newspaper chief of staff and opinion columnist.


Born in Cessnock, New South Wales, King launched his first publishing venture Raptanite[1] at age 15, a monthly magazine sold across Australia to promote urban music. After graduating from secondary school, King moved to Sydney to work in investment banking before being appointed assistant editor and later editor of Revolver magazine,[2] a free weekly street press newspaper focusing on music, art and culture.

In 2003, as Papunya's youth co-ordinator, King was involved in opening a music recording studio which was hoped to deter young people from petrol sniffing.[3]

In late 2003, he began as political correspondent for The Centralian Advocate, where he won a distinction award in the Northern Territory Press Club awards in 2005. He was promoted to business editor at sister publication The Cairns Post in 2006 and most recently promoted as chief of staff in December 2007.

Controversy and criticism[edit]

In 2005, King was briefly detained and questioned by Australian Federal Police for his coverage of anti-war protesters Christians Against All Terrorism, who broke in to the Pine Gap defence base near Alice Springs. King's camera was confiscated by Police.[4]

In November 2011 King wrote an article suggesting that women who drink to excess are partly to blame if the get raped or assaulted.[5] The article was criticised[6][7] and King subsequently became subject to a campaign to have him dis-endorsed as the Liberal National Party (LNP) candidate for the Queensland Parliament seat of Cairns. After 5,000 people signed a petition to have King dis-endorsed he made a full apology for the article and his party committed to an extra $250,000 a year for a rape crisis centre in Brisbane.[8]

On-line blog[edit]

The Cairns Post launched its new website in February 2008, featuring King's blog to offer readers the opportunity to provide comments and feedback to his columns. The blog has consistently received the site's largest volume of response from readers.[original research?]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ian Maxwell (2003). Phat Beats, Dope Rhymes: Hip Hop Down Under Coming Up. Wesleyan University Press. ISBN 0-8195-6638-1. 
  2. ^ Revolver articles
  3. ^ "Music enlisted in petrol-sniffing battle". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 16 July 2003. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Law, Bryan. "Peace on Earth". Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  5. ^ King, Gavin (14 June 2008). "Women should play it safe". Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Schwarten, Evan (4 October 2011). "Drunk girls to blame for rape: LNP hopeful". Ninemsn. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Miller, Carrie (13 October 2011). "Gavin King: Victim blamer and woman shamer". The Punch. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Elvery, Nathan (17 February 2012). "Something different is beginning to happen". Retrieved 2 April 2012. 

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Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Desley Boyle
Member for Cairns
Succeeded by
Rob Pyne