Sunshine Coast Daily journalist Nicky Moffat
Sunshine Coast Daily journalist Nicky Moffat Warren Lynam

What are the Coast's Queensland MPs really up to?

OPINION: IF YOU'RE looking for a riveting read and feel curious about what the Sunshine Coast's elected members of State Parliament have been up to, don't read Hansard.

The official record of parliament's most recent sitting day on Tuesday paints a picture of almost complete absence on the part of our elected members.

Oh, no, wait, there were a few appearances.

Kawana MP Jarrod Bleijie spoke during a debate about the Australian Building and Construction Commission, suggesting the reason the Labor Party doesn't support its reintroduction related to the union donations it received.

Original stuff. Really inspiring.

Glass House MP Andrew Powell tabled a motion to disallow some sections of the Transport and Other Legislation (Hire Services) Amendment Regulation 2016.

Oh, and he also raised a question without notice to the Premier about how her government will address bus congestion in the Brisbane CBD when it is about to scrap its Metro project.

Not congestion on the Bruce Hwy or state roads in the Sunshine Coast hinterland where his constituents live - but the Brisbane CBD.

Fiona Simpson and Glen Elmes didn't say peep, Caloundra MP Mark McArdle interjected once and, as Speaker, Peter Wellington paused the clock a few times.

But the issues Coasters elected them to fight for?

You remember, don't you?

Rail duplication, the Mooloolah River interchange and light-rail project.

No word on those.

I get that this was just one day in parliament and there might be things going on behind the scenes (is that how it works?) or on other days.

So I thought I'd check out other speeches by using the handy search tool.

But then it was technology that disappointed me.

The Parliament of Queensland website invites you to search for an MP's speeches, but select '2016' and 'Jarrod Bleijie', and you'll get a blank.

Repeat for other MPs, and you'll get the same result.

Try going back to the MP's page and click on 'all speeches'.

Blank.

So you cruise around the website for a while, discover some of them have links to glossy websites that must be maintained by their electorate officers and not public servants.

Jarrod Bleijie's website proclaims, in a post yesterday, that the Palaszczuk Government has a "soft-on-crime” approach to tackling criminal gangs.

Fiona Simpson's boasts a recent win, with the expansion of Point Arkwright Conservation Area finalised on Wednesday.

But aside from this politicking and celebrating, what work is being done?

It leaves you wondering: what are they really up to?