David King was born on June 1st 1958 in Cunnamulla and lived and worked on the family farm “Barrington,” a 54,000 acre sheep and cattle property, before starting and operating his own successful crop spraying and grain cartage businesses in Goondiwindi. David is married to Shu, a former Chinese national, and has one son, Yuwei, who has just turned nine years of age. All of the King generations since the mid 19th century have attended the Toowoomba Grammar School, as will Yuwei when he is of high school age.
David attended the University of Southern Queensland after a successful business career and has completed a Bachelor of International Studies and a Master of Applied Linguistics. He is in the process of commencing a PhD in Special Education with a focus on Mathematical Dyslexia. David has been involved in performing voluntary work at the University of Southern Queensland for ten years as well as promoting strong educational values.
David says he is also proud of his family’s long history in the Darling Downs region. David’s earliest ancestors on the Darling Downs include George King, a member of the legislative Council of Queensland in the mid 19th century. George purchased a half share in Gowrie Station with two partners, then bought out the partners to found the firm of King & Sons. George King’s two sons George Beresford King and Henry Ven King established the first colliery on the Darling Downs (at Kingsthorpe and Acland) to become a going concern.
Lieutenant Colonel Henry Ven King was Commander of the Queensland Mounted Infantry Contingent to the Diamond Jubilee in 1897, commanded the 14th Australian Light Horse for a short period and then the 5th Light Horse Brigade. He was Officer Commanding of the 2nd Remount Unit in Egypt from 1915 to 1916 and was tasked with purchasing mounts for the Australian Expeditionary Forces.
As a someone with a deep connection to the land throughout his life, David believes that the tired old parties have left regional Queensland out to dry when it comes to dams.
“The Darling Downs needs secure water infrastructure. This need has been neglected by the tired old parties, who have blocked the construction of dams and infrastructure, for decades now. One Nation is committed to building dams, water infrastructure and implementing a Hybrid Bradfield Water Scheme.
David says the construction of a Hybrid Bradfield scheme would enable us to drought proof Australia’s agricultural heartlands and more.
“There have been more than enough feasibility studies—what we need is action.”
As well as water, David says that government needs to implement cheap, reliable baseload power.
“One Nation is committed to building High Efficiency Low Emission (HELE) Coal Fired power stations for cheap and reliable power. If we’re happy to export coal out of Acland mine to be used in new power stations in China and Japan, why can’t we use that coal to supply cheap power to Australians first?”
David holds grave concerns about Australia’s fuel security. Australia is supposed to have a minimum 90-days fuel supply safety net which it is currently not meeting. When a significant amount of Australia’s fuel supply comes from Singapore, this represents a major security risk if China were to put up a blockade or any other global conditions affected the supply.
“We have incredible amounts of oil passing through Groom for export to other countries. There’s no reason we can’t be keeping some of those oil reserves here, refining it ourselves and securing our own fuel supply. We need to be capable of being self sufficient.”
Having lived in Toowoomba for eighteen years and seeing many old, established business close, unemployment and underemployment are of major concern to David.
“Toowoomba has always been a hard area for employment as it takes in a travelling population from Northern NSW, Western QLD and North QLD. I’m hearing from people that they’re sick of the tired, old parties doing nothing in the area to fix it because we aren’t a marginal seat.”
The high unemployment and low income for the people of Groom is a problem for small and large business in the area.
“If people do not have the money to spend then business will fail.”
David has also said that the ageing population are getting the rough end of the stick from both parties.
“The retirement age was lifted by the present Government, Labor want to rob retiree nest eggs and many people over the age of 45 are struggling to get a job interview.”
“The voters I’m talking to are agreeing with One Nation’s plan to raise the couple’s pension by $150 a fortnight, leave the family home out of the assets test and oppose raising the retirement age.”
David is committed to listening to the people of Groom and getting solutions from the grassroots. He believes that while Groom remains a ‘safe’ seat for any of the tired old parties, it will be difficult to get any change from them.
David believes the tired old parties have forgotten to listen to the people they are elected to represent. As your candidate for Groom, David says he will be always have the guts to say what you’re thinking on the floor of Parliament if elected.
David is contactable via:
Mobile: 0481 111 498