Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says it is unlikely the goverment will continue regional parliament.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says it is unlikely the goverment will continue regional parliament. Dave Hunt

Regional parliament facing the axe

REGIONAL parliament is next in line to be axed as the Queensland Government works to drastically reduce government expenditure.

Premier Campbell Newman has repeatedly cited his plan to cut unnecessary spending, including cutting programs since his ascent to the state's top role.

Regional Parliament, a sitting of parliament in a regional area once every term, looks like it will be the next program to go.

Premier Campbell Newman said on Tuesday the government was unlikely to keep regional parliament as it was a costly exercise with a low attendance rate.

"You almost had to lasso or drag them in," he joked.

"I'm not sure if it was worth the expenditure is what I am saying so we will look at that.

"I question whether in this environment where we are trying to save money that parliament going out (there) is worth the expense.

"It does cost a lot of money."

The last regional sitting was in Mackay in 2011.

Mr Newman said the LNP would keep the community cabinet scheme.

"We will certainly do community cabinet," he said.

"We have a strong commitment to get out into the regions and let people talk to ministers and hear about local issues."



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