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Qldvotes: Unfettered power

FamilyVoice state officers share their thoughts on unfettered power…

Premier Bligh pleaded with Queensland voters asking them not to give the LNP “unfettered power” on 24 March. However, both sides of politics have had “unfettered power” during their terms of office over the past 40-odd years because there is no independent upper house of parliament! We need the restoration of a well-designed house of review – which need not increase the number of MPs. An upper house of 30 MPs (with a lower house of 59) could act as a deterrent against abuse of power by governments between elections – no matter which side of politics wins office.

Qld State Officer Geoffrey Bullock (letter to the editor, Courier-Mail, 20/3/12)

Queensland voters may deliver electoral devastation today, not only to the ALP, but to significant voices of opposition – as the State continues without its upper house. Yet the major parties refuse to restore that second chamber of parliament, which was abolished irrespective of public opinion in 1922.

Upper houses accommodate significant smaller and opposing voices, as occurs in all other states and federally. This can restrain the government, whose proposals may require consent from its political opponents. Second chambers therefore prompt second thoughts – along with accountability, unhurried consideration and better public consultation.

Family First, One Nation, the Greens, and Bob Katter’s Australian Party wish to restore the Queensland Legislative Council – but their small voices may not produce any representation under the existing arrangement.

Queenslanders on this day exactly 90 years ago began life under a single parliamentary chamber, and will continue under the same high risk system – which elevates efficiency above accountability, and increases the opportunity for hasty action and corruption.

SA State Officer David d’Lima


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