Have Your Say on Four Year Terms

Central Highlanders will have the opportunity to have their say on a suggestion that the Queensland Parliament should adopt four year terms.

Members of the public are invited to attend a forum at the Emerald Town Hall Auditorium this Friday, October 9, 2015 at 12.15pm to learn more about the issue and provide feed-back to the Parliamentary Finance and Administration Committee.

“The Queensland Parliament has asked the committee to look at the proposal, including investigating the experience of other states and also to undertake public consultations,” said Member for Gregory Lachlan Millar MP.

“Only Queensland and the Commonwealth have three year terms and there are serious arguments that moving to four year terms has improved government by allowing time for governments to be judged on the results of their policies,” said Mr Millar.

“However, any move to four year terms would require a change to our constitution and that would require a “yes” vote be carried by referendum. Referendums are serious and expensive undertakings, so it is vital that parliament hears the community’s views while they are considering the issue.”

Mr Millar said that if people could not attend the forum, they could still have their say by lodging a submission at www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-the-committees/committees/FAC.

“Submissions close on September 20 at 4.00pm. Anyone requiring information or assistance about making a submission should ring my office on 49 131 000 or email me at gregory@parliament.qld.gov.au,” he said.