Request to Queensland's Governor to issue writs for Referendum for fixed four-year terms

The Palaszczuk Government has requested the Governor's approval to issue the writ for the referendum for fixed four-year terms for Queensland’s Legislative Assembly.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the referendum would be held in conjunction with the local government elections on March 19.

"The Electoral Commission of Queensland will start its awareness campaign tomorrow (February 6)," the Premier said.

The Governor will formally issue the writ for the referendum on Monday (February 8).

The referendum is being conducted after the Government and Opposition both supported the move to fixed four-year terms through the passage of the Constitution (Fixed Term Parliament) Amendment Bill 2015 last year.

"Queensland is the only State without four-year terms," the Premier said.

The Government has allocated $11.5 million to ECQ to conduct the referendum and, after working with the Local Government Association of Queensland, it will provide $3.7 million subsidy for local government for costs of holding the referendum in conjunction with the council elections. The saving for Queensland taxpayers, compared to a separate referendum, is $5.1 million.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the Government and Opposition would finalise a "yes" case committee.

“We have taken a bipartisan approach to this issue – seeking to work constructively to ensure the best outcome for the future of Queensland’s system of government,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“It’s only right that the people of Queensland have their say.”

 

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