Kate Jones
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Restoring Trust

Restoring Trust in Government

 

Labor believes in a government that is open, transparent and accountable to the people, and an independent electoral system founded on the basis of one vote, one value.

Since 1989, Labor Governments in Queensland have modernised Queensland’s government, legislation and judicial system. Starting with the recommendations of the Fitzgerald Report, Labor continues to deliver a system of government in which we can have confidence.

Labor has made government in Queensland more open and accountable by:

  • providing open Right to Information legislation
  • independent oversight of government, including an independent Crime and Misconduct Commission, Auditor-General and Ombudsman
  • ensuring real time disclosure of political donations of $1000 or more
  • regulating government interaction with lobbyists
  • Introducing independent oversight of elections and electoral redistributions
  • Introducing a committee structure and estimates scrutiny to keep Queensland governments accountable
  • fixed four year terms
  • Banning donations from property developers at both a State and Local Government level
The Palaszczuk Government will ban donations from property developers at both the state and local government level. Our Bill includes a range of new offences with strong penalties, including a specific provision for prohibited donations to be recovered by the State. Under these provisions, if a person accepts a prohibited donation, the State may recover up to twice the amount or value of the donation. This comprehensive action followed a report by the CCC that made 31 recommendations designed to reduce the risk of corruption and increase transparency, integrity and accountability in Queensland local governments. The Queensland Government supports, or supports in principle, all 31 recommendations.

The Palaszczuk Government will ban donations from property developers at both the state and local government level.

Our Bill includes a range of new offences with strong penalties, including a specific provision for prohibited donations to be recovered by the State. Under these provisions, if a person accepts a prohibited donation, the State may recover up to twice the amount or value of the donation.

This comprehensive action followed a report by the CCC that made 31 recommendations designed to reduce the risk of corruption and increase transparency, integrity and accountability in Queensland local governments.

The Queensland Government supports, or supports in principle, all 31 recommendations.

Donation Reform

By the time Queenslanders go to polls, an electronic real-time donation disclosure system will exist in Queensland.

This means that instead of waiting months to see who is donating to a political party, people will be able to see who is donating and how much they are donating before an election takes place.

This system will make political donations at state and local government level even more transparent and give Queenslanders some of the most progressive, open and transparent political donations laws in the country.

The Queensland Government has also reduced the donation disclosure threshold from $12,800 to $1,000.

We are determined to ensure integrity and accountability is a cornerstone of our democratic process.

Strengthening the CCC

We are broadening and strengthening the powers of Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission to ensure our political system has integrity.

We want the CCC to be able to proactively address corruption risks because Queenslanders expect a political system that works for them.

Fixed Four Year Terms

The Palaszczuk Government also oversaw the first successful referendum campaign since 1910.

By voting for fixed four year terms, Queenslanders will have greater certainty about the timing of elections as well as improved public policy and economic environment.