Federal Liberal MP Andrew Laming is, of course, from Queensland, which possibly explains his inability to imagine anything of significance could happen anywhere else.
''Tony Abbott,'' Laming tweeted Monday, ''Is at a Brisbane SES depot today. Where’s the PM?''
Mr Abbott indeed was at a Brisbane State Emergency Service depot in Brisbane, a city bracing for new flooding.
But Dr Laming, an eye surgeon, appears to be suffering long-range myopia.
If he’d made inquiries before exercising his Twitter fingers, he would have been informed that prime minister Julia Gillard was also at work showing her concern with natural disaster.
It was simply that she wasn’t in Queensland.
Ms Gillard was touring areas of Victoria’s Gippsland ravaged recently by bushfires, which are still burning. She was accompanied to Heyfield and Seaton, as it happened, by Victorian Liberal Premier Ted Baillieu, and she declared she was there ''to say a very big thanks to everybody who has fought this fire, to all of our emergency services personnel, to all of the volunteers, to everyone who has lent a hand...''
Ms Gillard also managed to turn her thoughts to Queensland’s floods, which, she said, were breaking a lot of hearts.
''At the same time that I’ve been here talking to people about bushfire, in Queensland we’ve seen the devastating consequences of wild weather, rain and flooding with that weather system now moving into northern New South Wales,’’ she said, adding she’d spoken with the Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, offering any further assistance the Federal Government could supply.
It’s not the first time Dr Laming has proved adept at making a twit of himself.
Only a few weeks ago, while police tried to calm two families engaged in violent clashes in the Brisbane suburb of Logan, Dr Laming - who is the Coalition’s indigenous health spokesman - felt moved to hurl the following tweet into the ether: "Mobs tearing up Logan. Did any of them do a day’s work today, or was it business as usual and welfare on tap?"
Following uproar, he tried belated damage control. "To clarify: Working together to resolve these riots the priority,'' he tweeted. ''Training and a chance for jobs are key."
Perhaps he should have taken a more ponderous method of communication by consigning his thoughts to paper, a process that tends to require the brain to engage.
Then again, Andrew Laming has had his difficulties with the printed word.
In 2007, he and a couple of other Queensland Liberals were investigated for alleged breaches of parliamentary entitlements. At issue was a cool $67,000 of printed campaign leaflets, plus a couple of other matters.
In the end, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions concluded there were not "reasonable prospects of conviction for a criminal offence against Dr Laming".
These years later, readers of his tweets might conclude there are few enough reasonable prospects of discovering a modicum of common sense at work.
Postscript: Minutes after the above story appeared on Fairfax websites, Dr Laming shot a new tweet into cyberspace. "Innocent question," he protested, adding a grovel: "PM to be commended for attending Vic bushfire areas." He seems to be getting accustomed to belated damage control.