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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Next step in delivering a more transparent, accountable political system

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Monday, August 02, 2010

    Next step in delivering a more transparent, accountable political system

    The Bligh Government will introduce the second tranche of Integrity Reform Bills into the Queensland Parliament tomorrow.

    Premier Anna Bligh said the legislation will deliver greater transparency and accountability into the Queensland political system.

    Ms Bligh said she hoped the new measures, which come after extensive consultation and discussion, would receive bi-partisan support.

    “We want Queenslanders to have confidence in our political process going forward,” Ms Bligh said.

    “Last year I promised a series of reforms and these Bills deliver on those commitments.

    “This is about building a stronger, modern Queensland by instituting proper checks and balances on power and process within government.”

    The second tranche of Integrity Reform Bills include:

    • The Ministerial and Other Office Holder Staff Bill 2010 which will govern employment arrangements for Ministerial and Opposition staff;
    • The Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2010 which replaces and reforms the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1994 having regard to recommendation of the ‘Whistling While They Work’ project; and
    • The Integrity Reform (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2010 includes amendments to the Public Sector Ethics Act 1994, Public Service Act 2008, Fire and Rescue Service Act 1990, Ambulance Service Act 1991, Integrity Act 2009 and Parliament of Queensland Act 2001.

    The first tranche of the integrity reform was implemented from 1 January 2010 with the commencement of the Integrity Act 2009.

    This Act expanded the role of the Integrity Commissioner to include:

    • responsibility for oversight of new legislative regulation over the lobbying industry;
    • banned the payment of success fees to lobbyists; and
    • expanded the jurisdiction of the Crime and Misconduct Commission to cover government owned corporations.

    As previously indicated, the Government will investigate electoral reforms which limit political donations and other matters by releasing an exposure draft of the proposed legislation later this year.

    “This is the first time such state-based restrictions have been attempted so we want to ensure we get them right and that means genuine consultation.”

    A Communiqué is being distributed to all Ministerial and Opposition staff from today which outlines the new employment arrangements contained within the Ministerial and Other Office Holder Staff Bill 2010. Please find attached.

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