Term referendum questions cause concern

IT WILL be interesting to see how many people decide there is a need to refresh the ranks of Ipswich's councillors after a fairly lengthy time of mainly the same faces representing the divisions.

Every bit as interesting will be to see how many informal votes result from the referendum where state politicians seek fixed four-year terms.

Had three questions been asked (a) Do you want fixed terms? (b) Do you want fixed three-year terms? (c) Do you want fixed four-year terms? - there is little doubt (a) would receive an overwhelming "yes" vote; the answer to (b) would, I believe, be an overwhelming "yes"; but as it is, the one question (c) may obtain a narrow "yes".

My guess is there will be heaps of informal votes as the electorate protests at not being at least asked (b) and (c).

If (c) receives a "no" majority, the deceitful, underhand, self-serving body politic will crow the people don't want fixed-term parliaments, which I believe is far from the truth.

KEV PEARCE, Raceview

 

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