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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Bipartisan ‘yes’ campaign committee holds inaugural meeting

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Tuesday, February 09, 2016

    Bipartisan ‘yes’ campaign committee holds inaugural meeting

    The first bipartisan meeting of the ‘yes’ campaign committee was held today ahead of the referendum for fixed four-year parliamentary terms in Queensland.

    The committee is comprised of members of the Government and Opposition, business community, industry council members, union delegates, Queensland mayors and seniors.

    “Today’s meeting demonstrates the broad support fixed four-year terms has across all sides of politics and across various interest groups,” Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said.

    “Voting ‘yes’ to fixed four-year terms at the referendum on March 19 will bring Queensland into line with local government here in Queensland and with every other state government in Australia, except Tasmania. Tasmania currently has four-year terms but not fixed.

    “Importantly, fixed four-year terms provides certainty for the business community and removes the politics around selecting an election day. Voting will be held every four years on the last Saturday in October should Queenslanders support the referendum.”

    Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker said fixed four-year terms will bring certainty to government.

    “Fixed four-year terms will allow long-term planning to deliver more stable government to the people of Queensland, as well as certainty for business and the public sector,” he said.

    “If successful four-year terms will be introduced after the next election in 2018.”

    The ‘yes’ campaign committee for fixed four-year terms is comprised of the following:

    • Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath;
    • Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe;
    • Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker;
    • Mermaid Beach MP Ray Stevens;
    • Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland general manager, Advocacy, Nick Behrens;
    • Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Daniel Gschwind;
    • Queensland Council of Unions secretary Roslyn McLennan;
    • Together Union secretary Alex Scott;
    • Springfield Land managing director Raynuha Sinnathamby;
    • Seniors advocate Everald Compton;
    • Logan City Council Mayor Pam Parker;
    • Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor Mal Forman;
    • Mount Isa Mayor Tony McGrady.

    The referendum is being conducted after the Government and Opposition both supported the move to fixed four-year terms through the passage of the Constitution (Fixed Term Parliament) Amendment Bill 2015 last year.

    Media contact:

    Minister D’Ath: 0400 774 303

    Mr Walker: 0412 722 702