Upper house is vital
QUEENSLAND needs the restoration of its upper house like we have in other states.
With the present system, the government of the day submits its legislation to the lower house and it becomes law without scrutiny.
Having an upper house means the legislation is then scrutinized by the various groups in the state that are impacted by the new law.
There is then the opportunity through the media for debate and discussion on the impact the new law will have.
Publicity and the different interest groups then have the opportunity to influence the politicians to make amendments where necessary.
A lower house without the checks of an upper house is a recipe for disaster.
One of the arguments against an upper house is the cost. But we can choose to have a smaller upper house.
The value of having better government in this state from all parties outweighs the extra cost.
Derek Bound, Monto.