Coun­cil no to tan­dem ref­er­en­dum

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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