Newman Govt ‘a sham'

Peter Wellington
Peter Wellington

NEW Premier Campbell Newman has broken a fundamental promise given on election night that his government would not abuse the privilege handed it by its shattering majority.

Member for Nicklin Peter Wellington said the Newman regime was showing all the arrogance and excesses of the Bligh Government, with consultation of interest groups only taking place where it was in the government's political interest.

The MP, whose electorate takes in the Cooroy area, said this was the same strategy adopted by Labor.

Mr Wellington was particularly critical of fellow Sunshine Coast MP, Member for Kawana and Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie, whom he said had given a parliamentary committee just five days to seek submissions from interested parties and to respond before a raft of Bills were pushed through the Parliament.

"How he can expect a committee to comment on significant legal changes in that amount of time is beyond me," Mr Wellington said.

"Jarrod Bleijie said the Government has already gone to the people, but the devil is in the detail.

"No-one is asking the Government to wait six months, but five days is unreasonable to expect input from interested parties."

Mr Wellington also told the ABC broadcaster last week of his concerns.

"If only Queenslanders saw what was happening in Parliament - the Government is a sham," Mr Wellington said.

Mr Bleijie said the Government has a strong mandate and needs to get on with the job.

"Under the normal course of events any bill that's introduced to parliament has to go off to a committee for upwards of six months," Mr Bleijie said.

"You can't have a new government that's elected with a strong mandate to get things moving in Queensland, and then have Queensland put on hold for six months. We have to reduce those timeframes."

Mr Wellington said the Newman Government had shown itself to be "as bad as Labor" in the way it had pushed through its Civil Unions Bill before the LNP's state conference last month.

"Its assurances of transparency and openness have been forgotten," he said.

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