MP backs 4-year terms, public invited to have a say

PEOPLE or groups with an interest in the issue of four-year parliamentary terms in Queensland have been encouraged to make a submission to the committee inquiring into the issue.

Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said on September 16, State Parliament had agreed to a motion that the Finance and Administration Committee inquire into the introduction of four-year terms.

The introduction of four-year terms would require the support of a majority of electors in a referendum.

In undertaking the inquiry, the committee will consider:

  • A comparison of three- and four-year parliamentary terms, including advantages and disadvantages
  • A comparison of parliamentary terms in other Australian jurisdictions
  • Mechanisms for determining the referendum question that will be put to the Queensland public
  • The possible starting date for any new arrangements, if adopted.

Ms Donaldson said the State Government valued the views of the public on the issue.

"This issue has been bandied around for many years and I think it is time the people made a decision about this," she said.

"Personally, I believe that four-year parliamentary terms would be a good move because of the potential to save the public purse, and it brings with it stability and certainty."

How long should a State Government term last?

This poll ended on 30 September 2015.

Current Results

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2 years


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This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"I am conscious that people hold differing views on this issue.

"Everyone now has the chance to make their views known directly to the committee that is looking into the question.

"I encourage anyone who has an interest and wants to put it forward to make a submission to the committee.

"People have until 20 October to make a submission, so they should put their views down and send them either by post or email to the committee without delay."

To make a submission, go HERE.

The closing date for written submissions is Tuesday 20 October 2015 by 4pm.

The committee is required to report by 9 November 2015.

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