Up­per house is vi­tal

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT -

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.

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