The Finance and Administration Committee is investigating into introducing four year terms to the Queensland Parliament and I am seeking your feedback on how often you think State Elections should be held.
Currently, the Premier of Queensland can call a general election at his or her whim, subject to the
agreement of the Governor, which has resulted in an average term of parliament of just 2 years and 9 months since 2004.
There are disadvantages as well advantages but importantly this is something that I believe the public should have their say on. Submissions to the inquiry close on 20 October 2015. Go to
www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-committees/committees/FAC for more information.
Fixed four year terms of government would bring Queensland into line with other States and Territories and also Local Governments in Queensland which all havefixed four-year terms. Only the Queensland State Parliament and the Commonwealth Parliament are currently not elected for four year terms. It would also remove the constant speculation about election dates and the ability for governments to opportunistically call snap elections as well as providing more certainty in government over a longer period to implement policy, which is essential for the business confidence and job creation.
Please let me know what you think by emailing me at Maroochydore@parliament.qld.gov.au or phone 5406 7100.