(Cairns... Far North Queensland)
CITIZENS INITIATED REFERENDA - QUEENSLAND
Queensland State Independent Member for Nicklin, Peter Wellington, has introduced a Private Members Bill on Citizens Initiated Referenda into State Parliament on August 25th, 1998.
Peter Wellington said that his Bill would overcome significant Constitutional impediments which have previously prevented the introduction of Citizens Initiated Referenda in Queensland.
The Queensland State Independent Member for Gladstone, Liz Cunningham, was presented with a petition containing 26,000 signatures calling for the introduction of CIR. On Tuesday, March 26, 1997, Liz Cunningham called for the introduction of Citizens' Initiated Referendums and threatened to introduce a private member's Bill if the Government failed to heed her call.
Following Peter Wellington's introduction of his Private Member Bill into State Parliament, it is anticipated that the full contents of the Bill will be made available and posted onto this WebSite.
This Bill MUST be supported by ALL Queenslanders.
Then State Attorney-General Matt Foley undoubtedly speaks for all mainstream party politicians, obviously fearing the thought of the introduction of Citizens Initiated Referendums which will deliver some real power to the People, hence his strong opposition to any proposals to introduce CIR to Queensland.
Mr Foley's statement that CIR "threatened a healthy participatory parliamentary democracy", is an affront to all Queenslanders who believe in the democratic process.
It is to combat such barefaced arrogance on the part of comfortably entrenched party politicians that Queensland, and indeed Australia as a whole, need to have a referendum process introduced as part of Constitutional reform that will give Australians a real voice in how they are governed and the opportunity to terminate unpopular government decisions.
The party politicians appear to have a rather bizarre understanding of the concept of 'participatory democracy' if they believe all it involves is to herd the Australian voters to the polls every three years and then ignore them the rest of the time.
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Written and Authorised by Selwyn Johnston, Cairns FNQ 4870