Bruce Saunders throws support behind four year terms

MEMBER for Maryborough Bruce Saunders has thrown his support behind a move to four year parliament terms in Queensland.

Currently, the state government is required to call an election every three years.

This is out of sync with both federal and local government election cycles which both govern for four years before heading to the polls.

Queensland Parliament passed a motion in September to have the Finance and Administration Parliamentary Committee conduct an inquiry into lengthening the governing period.

The FAPC will be in Maryborough to hear submissions in person from the Fraser Coast public.

The committee will be considering the advantages and disadvantages or three and four year parliamentary terms, a comparison of parliamentary terms in other Australian jurisdictions, mechanisms for determining the referendum question that will be put to the public and the possible starting date for any new arrangements.

"This is an issue that has been canvassed at different times in the past, and for which there are arguments for and against," Mr Saunders said.

He said he personally supported the certainty a fixed four year term provided - meaning he would like to see elections held at the same time every four years.

Submissions can be made in person at the Maryborough Motel and Conference Centre from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on Friday, October 16.

To make a written submission go to www.parliament.qld.gov.au prior to 4pm on Tuesday, October 20.



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