ON MARCH 19 Queenslanders will head to the polls and be asked to make an important decision about our state’s future. On the same day as the local government elections, you will be asked to decide whether the term of our State Parliament should be changed from an unfixed, three-year term to a fixed, four-year term. I’m supporting fixed terms because our community, and indeed our state, needs and deserves business confidence, better government and economic certainty. I believe fixed terms will provide far greater certainty for Queenslanders and take away any political opportunism that can play a part in government decisions on election timing. Fixed terms will remove the constant election date speculation from our political process and provide the certainty and confidence to business that we all know drives investment and job creation in our region. Voting yes will mean the voters of Bundaberg and Burnett, and right across our state, will know exactly when an election will be held and can plan accordingly. I am certain fixed terms will deliver better government and policy making for all Queenslanders as decisions will be made in the interest of better outcomes and improved services for the community, rather than for short-term political gain. With that in mind, I encourage you to give strong consideration to this important question, and in the interests of all Queenslanders vote yes on March 19 to four-year fixed terms.
Stephen Bennett MP
State Member for Burnett