JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT
QUEENSLAND POLITICAL PARTIES URGE VOTERS TO VOTE NO TO FOUR YEAR TERMS
Queenslanders should retain their right to hold politicians accountable every three years, unless Queensland’s Upper House is restored.
This is the united message of Queensland political parties, with the exception of the ALP and LNP.
Today, in a show of unity, a large number of Queensland political parties have come together at Queensland’s Parliament House to urge Queensland voters to vote ‘no’ to four year terms in the current referendum.
As long as Queensland retains its status as the only state without an Upper House, three year terms are the only accountability measure for a majority State Government in Queensland.
Queensland voters reacted strongly against the Bligh Government in 2012 and the Newman Government in 2015 and held them to account at the ballot box. Four year terms without additional accountability and a House of Review would have given each of these governments an additional year in office, without being held to account for unpopular and often poor policies and decisions.
We have seen the instability of the Palaszczuk Government on display this week as another MP chose to sit on the crossbench rather than continue as a member of the Government. It would be detrimental to the economic stability of Queensland if had a government similar to this current minority government locked in for a fixed four year term.
The large majority of Queensland’s political parties are today calling on Queenslanders to reject the ALP and LNP’s grab for an extra year in office.
If the ALP and LNP are serious about government accountability and bringing Queensland in line with all other Australian states, we are calling on them to reinstate Queensland’s Upper House before four year terms are considered.
Next year, 2017, will mark one hundred years since a referendum to decide the future of Queensland’s Upper House. Queenslanders voted at that time to retain the Upper House. Yet the government of the day ignored that vote and abolished the Upper House. We call on both the ALP and LNP to use this one hundredth anniversary to set right this wrong and restore Queensland’s Upper House.
10th March 2016
Ray Moran – 0438 553 424
Australian Liberty Alliance
Bernard Gaynor – 0413 722 995
Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party
Sharyn Littler – 0417 702 737
Christian Democratic Party
Greg Bondar – 0499 041 285
Democratic Labour Party
John Quinn – 0499 310 081
Family First Queensland
Seath Holswich (former State MP) – 0434 937 750
Katter’s Australian Party
Kirstin Payne – 0466 711 527
Liberal Democratic Party
Gabriel J. Buckley – 0423 847 372
Rise Up Australia Party
Cristian Walker – 0412 714 599
Shooters and Fishers Party
Neil Curtis – 0409 047 033