Burnett MP slams Labor over electoral reforms response
BURNETT MP Stephen Bennett says Labor's refusal to review the state's electoral redistribution process after 30 years is a blow for regional Queenslanders.
Mr Bennett said the plan to review the state's electoral redistribution process after 30 years has been rejected by Labor in Parliament this week and in the process ignored the recommendations of the Electoral and Administrative Review Commission (EARC) in 1990, borne from the Fitzgerald Inquiry.
However, Bundaberg MP Leanne Donaldson rejected the claims and said it was sad to see the Member for Burnett believe that the votes of the people of Bundaberg were worth less than other voters in the state.
"Stephen Bennett wants us to return to the gerrymander days of the electoral laws of the past," she said.
"As Member for Bundaberg I have protected the 'one vote one value' principle, which was at the core of the Fitzgerald Inquiry electoral reforms.
"I'm proud to continue to support the former Goss Government's reform agenda of the electoral system and to make sure that the Member for Burnett can't return this state to the Joh years."
Mr Bennett said the Fitzgerald electoral reform process recommended in 1991 that there be seven-year periodic reviews of the constitution of the house.
"That was almost 25 years ago," he said.
"The Labor Government has also denied Queenslanders a stronger say in the redistribution process to ensure they receive the best outcomes for their communities.
"The Member for Bundaberg and her government are holding Queensland back from being fairly and effectively represented."