Queensland Economy Watch has posted this graph on public servants in Queensland regions. I presume this is Qld public servants?
What this graph shows is that as long maintained, that any belief that more public servants are needed to stabilise the Cairns economy is misguided. KS did look at the last census data a while ago and came to to the same conclusion, or worse. North Qld and the Far North predominate in public servants, and the other northern capital at Darwin is even more propped up by public funds.
Any economic problem in Northern Australia, and Cairns, is not with deficiency in the size of the public sector but with the private sector (ex - mining). Much of the debate in Cairns seems to be driven around a larger public sector, an outsized military presence, and greater self-suffiency within a protected local economy. If we just buy from each other all will be good? The North Korean model?