Parliament overhaul welcomed

PREMIER Anna Bligh has welcomed a review recommending the largest overhaul of Queensland’s parliamentary structure since the abolition of the upper house in 1922.

A parliamentary committee has released 55 recommendations to enhance the parliamentary committee system and improve government accountability.

It wants all new bills to be referred to a committee for consideration and public hearings before progressing through Parliament, except in urgent and extraordinary cases.

A committee of the Legislative Assembly would oversee parliamentary business such as the ethical conduct of MPs.

Each committee would have six members instead of the current seven and include a non-government chair.

Parliament’s proceedings would change, giving MPs less time to speak but allowing committees more time to meet.

Ms Bligh said the recommendations would be carefully considered by the Government with the aim of having new systems in place early in the new parliamentary year.

“This is big, bold reform and that is precisely what I was looking for when I established this committee,” she said.

“Queenslander people want stronger checks and balances in their parliament.”



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