Amongst all the activity, two very important things happened this week to assist with moving Queensland into a more transparent state.
‘Firstly, the Review of councillor complaints process to ensure fair and transparent systems was announced yesterday. It’s fantastic to see the LGAQ and LGMAQ working with the government to ensure proper processes within local government.’ Rob states.
‘Making decisions as a Mayor or a Councillor can be particularly complex, and reviews should be a matter of course. Local Councils are the heart of communities, and quite often, the largest employers. This means every decision made has an impact, and we need that impact to be positive to ensure our state flourishes.’ Rob says.
The second win was the Crime and Corruption Amendment Bill 2015 going through. This legislation attempts to restore independence and integrity to the Commission by providing a CEO, requiring bipartisan support for the CEO appointment, reinstating the prevention function, the independence in researching (no longer requiring Ministerial approval), and most importantly, allowing complaints to be made anonymously to the commission.
‘Slowly but surely the government is restoring rights to Queenslanders. This is a fantastic step forward.’
Not withstanding these positive reforms, I remain committed to getting our state to a gold standard. That would mean the establishment of a Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) here in Queensland.