Is­sues not ad­dressed

The Western Star - - NEWS OPINION -

NEXT week the Queens­land Par­lia­ment will be sit­ting for the fifth time in 2018 un­der the Palaszczuk La­bor Gov­ern­ment’s re­duced sit­ting hours.

In the last month, Par­lia­ment has only man­aged to pass two pieces of leg­is­la­tion.

Mean­while is­sues that Queens­lan­ders want to see be­ing dealt with, like ris­ing elec­tric­ity prices, bust­ing con­ges­tion and in­fra­struc­ture be­ing built, con­tinue to be de­layed.

And with the State Bud­get be­ing an­nounced next week, there’s lit­tle chance that Bills be­fore Par­lia­ment are go­ing to get time in the spot­light any time soon.

Fewer hours in Par­lia­ment mean fewer hours that MPs have to fight for the needs of their com­mu­ni­ties.

When the re­duced hours now in place were put to de­bate, only five min­utes were al­lowed per MP to make their con­cerns known.

Only one hour in to­tal was al­lowed for the ses­sion be­fore hours were cut for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

Less time to de­bate. Less time to act on the is­sues that Queens­lan­ders want fixed. — Stephen Ben­nett LNP Mem­ber for Bur­nett

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