Costo gets behind one more year
Pollies spruik four years
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.