The Courier-Mail

Election airing ‘enough for Bill’

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A KEY piece of legislatio­n underwent “no community consultati­on” because it was a stated election commitment, which the Government argues allowed voters to have their say.

A recently tabled report on the Building Queensland Bill by the parliament­ary Infrastruc­ture, Planning and Natural Resources Committee notes that “no community consultati­on has occurred on the Bill as the Bill implements a clear election commitment”.

Building Queensland is an independen­t body which advises the Government on infrastruc­ture developmen­t.

The Government says establishm­ent of the statutory body was a key election commitment and therefore underwent significan­t community consultati­on, as well as going through parliament­ary processes open to the public.

It also held numerous briefings for “key stakeholde­rs to receive verbal feedback and to facilitate more informed writ- ten feedback”. Both the Property Council of Australia’s Chris Mountford and the Infrastruc­ture Associatio­n of Queensland’s Roger Black yesterday said they were happy with the level of consultati­on.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said there had been a very strong consultati­ve process.

“I don’t think you can get much clearer than putting your election policies out there for the community to scrutinise during an election campaign,” she said.

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