I’m deeply concerned by more reports surrounding the actions of the Office of Independent Assessor.
All Queenslanders should know this is a very serious issue.
Elected officials should be able to freely express their views in their own local communities without fear of prosecution.
I fear there is a genuine risk being posed to our democracy.
I fear the Office of the Independent Assessor is being used to strong-arm elected officials who hold contrary views to the current Queensland Government.
I fear the actions of the OIA are authoritarian which doesn’t represent who we are as a society.
As I understand, the Mayor was pointing out some realities about the logistical difficulties of how to get vaccinations to his community.
He was speaking as a local who knows and cares for his community.
His job isn’t to follow the script from the central government casting, it’s to represent his community.
As Queensland’s Shadow Integrity Minister my job is to call out overreach and political bullying when I see it.