Steve Dickson MP, State Member for Buderim
Member for Buderim

FOUR YEAR FIXED TERMS FOR QUEENSLAND

On March 19, Queenslanders will vote on a referendum on four year fixed terms for the Queensland Parliament in addition to the local government quadrennial election. The move to a four year fixed term has bipartisan support in the Parliament. Here is some information on why the changes should be made:
 
On 17 September 2015, Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker introduced the Constitution (Fixed Term Parliament) Amendment Bill 2015 and Constitution (Fixed Term Parliament) Referendum Bill 2015 into the Parliament (the Bills).

The Bills provide for the establishment of fixed four year terms of Parliament in Queensland, following a successful vote at a state-wide referendum.

There are a number of significant advantages in having fixed, four year terms of government, namely:

  1. it provides for better government and better public policy making because decisions can be made in the interest of outcomes and better services for Queenslanders, rather than short term political gain or what may be the news of the day;
  2. it removes the constant speculation from the political process and provides fairness to all political parties rather than what is in the interest of the government of the day; and
  3. it provides confidence in government and certainty in government, from the public and also from the business community, which drives investment, economic confidence and job creation.

Of the 9 jurisdictions (state, territory and commonwealth), Queensland and the Commonwealth are the only not to have 4 year terms.

The Parliamentary Finance and Administration Committee conducted an on-line survey with the following results:

  • 74.12% or 776 people supported increasing the maximum term of Parliament to four years;
  • 68.95% or 724 people supported a fixed date or term for an election;
  • 35% of respondents supported a March election, however there was an even spread across several months, including 23.4% for May, 21.38% for June and 19.68% for August and September. It should be noted that this question provided a multiple choice response, rather than just one option.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH QUEENSLAND

If you are looking for the latest news and updates from Neighbourhood Watch Queensland (NHWQ) or  info specific to your community from your local NHW, click on the link below to visit the NHWQ website. You can choose to see statewide notifications or the latest updates specific to your community.
 

 

 

 

 

 

RAINE ISLAND TURTLE RESCUE

One of my proudest achievements as Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport & Racing is the Raine Island Rescue.

Raine Island is the world's largest known rookery for the vulnerable green turtle. It is the breeding ground for 70% of the world's green turtle population and more than 100,000 of the turtles visit each year to lay eggs. But, the coral cay had been smashed by cyclones and previously hurt by phosphate mining, meaning sand was being lost from the island into the ocean.

The rescue involved installing 400 metres of fencing along cliff edges to minimise turtles being upturned during the nesting season, re-profiling 150 metres of beach foredune and swale to reduce water inundation of nests, establishing a number of fenced 'nursery' plots with ideal conditions to determine optimal nesting success and installing cameras and data loggers to improve communication and satellite monitoring.

Click on the video above to see the amazing footage of the mission to save the Green Sea Turtle population. Thank you to all involved.

 

 

LNP INITIATIVE GET IN THE GAME SUCCESS CONTINUES

Overwhelming demand for the Queensland Government’s $150 Get Started vouchers has seen an additional $400,000 allocated to help 2,600 more Queensland kids get involved in sport. Applications for the vouchers opened on Wednesday and all 30,000 vouchers were allocated over the weekend. Member for Buderim Steve Dickson said the hugely popular initi...Read more


BUDERIM GROUPS SHARE $115,000 IN GRANTS

Five Buderim community groups will share in $115,000 in grants from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. Member for Buderim Steve Dickson announced the funds, which aim to assist not-for-profit groups to purchase equipment and infrastructure that helps support the successful operation of their clubs. “Community groups provide an essential role ...Read more


LEGISLATION SOUGHT TO ENSURE CONTENTIOUS DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS ARE NOT APPROVED DURING LOCAL COUNCIL ELECTION CARETAKER PERIOD

Legislation sought to ensure contentious development applications are not approved during local council election caretaker period  Member for Buderim Steve Dickson believes contentious development application approvals should not be made solely by council officers under delegation during the local council election caretaker period.  “...Read more


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