Peter Wellington... wants to see an Upper House brought back in Qld.
Peter Wellington... wants to see an Upper House brought back in Qld.

Campbell Newman dismisses Wellington's call for Upper House

PREMIER Campbell Newman has dismissed calls for an Upper House in Queensland, saying the last thing Queenslanders wanted was more politicians.

Queensland's house of review was abolished in 1921, but independent MP Peter Wellington is calling for its return.

He says the government's decision to sack the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee (PCMC) last week is an attempt to prevent checks and balances.

Mr Wellington says the PCMC was sacked because it was close to exposing corruption.

The Sunshine Coast MP accused Mr Newman of behaving like a dictator and said his government had become 'arrogant'.

Mr Newman told the ABC today that an Upper House was not necessary.

"We've been consulting with people across this state for most of this year to develop a 30-year plan for Queensland - the Queensland plan," he said.

"We've had over 70,000 Queenslanders have their say and I can tell you one thing ... they're not raising ... the need for more politicians."

However, Mr Wellington and others have suggested there would be no need for more politicians.

The Upper House could be made up of MPs from the lower house as well as regional mayors who may want an input on legislative changes that will affect them.

Should the upper house be reintroduced?

This poll ended on 27 December 2013.

Current Results

Yes

71%

No

25%

Undecided

3%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


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