Council no to tandem referendum
BUNDABERG Regional Council has joined councils across Queensland in opposing a State Government proposal to conduct a referendum in tandem with the Local Government elections in March next year.
The Government is considering a referendum seeking support for four-year fixed terms for State Parliament, on March 19, council elections day.
Mayor Mal Forman said he had written to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg.
“(The) council is generally very supportive of the thrust of the referendum which would bring the State Parliament into line with the four-year terms currently served by Councils,” Cr Forman said.
“However, staging a referendum in conjunction with Local Government elections has been tried previously on this very same issue of four year terms with disastrous consequences in 1991,” he said.