A far north Queensland man has become the first quadriplegic Member of Parliament anywhere in Australia.
Rob Pyne was sworn into state parliament this week after winning the seat of Cairns with a swing of 17 per cent after preferences.
It is one of the biggest swings achieved in the state.
Before the tilt at state politics, Mr Pyne had built a public profile as a local councillor but his detractors tried to shame him in the campaign for his disability.
I learnt to develop a thick skin, and if...