Costo gets be­hind one more year

Pol­lies spruik four years

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Peter Car­ruthers

THE Shadow At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Ian Walker was in Air­lie Beach last week spruik­ing the ben­e­fits of four-year terms for the Queens­land Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly.

He had joined forces for the day with the Mem­ber for Whit­sun­day, Ja­son Costi­gan to make vot­ers aware of an up­com­ing ref­er­en­dum, at the same time urg­ing peo­ple to vote “yes” when they go to the polls on March 19.

“Four-year terms is good govern­ment and fewer elec­tions,” Mr Walker said.

He said the bill had bi-par­ti­san sup­port in the State Par­lia­ment, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of busi­ness and the Coun­cil of Unions also backed the LNP in­tro­duced bill.

The suc­cess­ful pass­ing of the bill will bring into line state and fed­eral elec­tions. In 1991 Queens­lan­ders voted against the in­tro­duc­tion of four-year terms and those against the bill say a one-year ex­ten­sion of the gov­ern­ing par­ties’ term is not suited for a par­lia­ment with­out an up­per house.

If a bad govern­ment is elected, four years is too long with­out the safe­guard an up­per house pro­vides.

Mr Walker said if the bill got up, elec­tions would be held on the same day ev­ery four years; this would make it eas­ier for peo­ple to plan and pro­vide se­cu­rity.

It would also give all politi­cians more job se­cu­rity, more power and less ac­count­abil­ity.

Fam­ily First, Aus­tralian Lib­erty Al­liance, Rise Up Aus­tralia and the Shoot­ers and Fish­ers Party all say “no” to the ref­er­en­dum.

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