Queensland State Parliament Four-year fixed terms too long, KAP's Shane Knuth says
A referendum next week on longer parliamentary terms in Queensland may have had a better chance of passing if it was limited to fixing the current three-year cycle, Katter's Australian Party MP Shane Knuth says.
On March 19 voters will be asked to approve or reject fixed, four-year terms, which would replace the existing system of variable, three-year election dates.
The outcome is expected to be close, with the major parties in favour of the double change but the minor parties against.
Mr Knuth said it may have had a better chance of passing if it was limited to fixing the current three-year cycle.
He said four years was too long for a government in a Parliament with no Upper House.
"There's nothing wrong with a three-year fixed term," Mr Knuth said.
"If they believe that's going to provide security, so be it.
"But I don't believe that's necessarily the case.
"The security we have is that if you have a bad government you can kick them out within three years."
Mr Knuth has joined other minor parties including Family First, Australian Liberty Alliance, Rise Up Australia and the Shooters and Fishers Party to urge voters to say "no" in the referendum.
Family First spokesman and former LNP MP Seath Holswich seized on the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's argument that longer terms would bring Queensland into line with the rest of the country.
"If we are truly to fall in line with other states then we should be restoring an Upper House before we move to four-year terms," Mr Holswich said.
Ms Palaszczuk and Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg, plus business and union groups, have urged voters to pass the referendum, saying longer and fixed terms provide more certainty and stability.
Source: ABC News