We’re all for four years: pollies

BUNDABERG'S state politicians have come out in support of fixed four-year terms for parliament.

Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk has announced parliament's Finance and Administration Committee will conduct an inquiry into the issue.

"The committee will be asked to consider a number of aspects including a comparison with other jurisdictions, the advantages and disadvantages of four-year terms and determining when and how a referendum question might be put to the Queensland people," she told parliament.

Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett has thrown his support behind four-year fixed terms of government, which he said would deliver better services, business confidence and job creation.

Mr Bennett said the LNP introduced a Bill earlier this month to provide for fixed terms for the Legislative Assembly so that Queenslanders are served with a more accountable Parliament.

"Given the finely balanced nature of Queensland's current hung Parliament and the seemingly bipartisan support for the proposal there's no better time to take action," he said.

"We want to provide Queenslanders with the business confidence, better government and economic certainty they deserve."

Mr Bennett said currently the premier could call a general election at his or her whim, subject to the agreement of the governor.

"This obviously gives the government of the day the political advantage of being able to do so at a time which is in their political interest," he said.

"This can often undermine both business confidence and public confidence in the government."

Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said the issue had been bandied about for years and it was time to make a decision.

"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," she said.

"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."

Ms Donaldson said people had until October 20 to make a submission, and they should put their views down and send them either by post or email to the committee.

Make a submission HERE.



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