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    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    New laws for local government elections in Queensland

    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    New laws for local government elections in Queensland

    Legislation passed in State Parliament tonight will streamline the way local government elections are held in Queensland.

    Deputy Premier and Local Government Minister Paul Lucas said the laws, which brought four pieces of legislation into one, would increase transparency and take the politics out of councils running their own local government elections.

    Mr Lucas said the The Local Government Electoral Bill 2011 was the result of extensive consultation with councils, the community and other stakeholders.

    “It was made clear the community wants an efficient and transparent electoral framework for local government elections and that’s what we’ve delivered,” Mr Lucas said.

    “One of the most important changes is that except in exceptional circumstances, council CEOs will no longer run local government elections.

    “Elections will be run by the Electoral Commission of Queensland which is an independent authority.

    “Community expectations of integrity and transparency in the democratic process are demonstrated no more clearly than in the bi-partisan recommendation to Government of the Parliamentary Law, Justice and Safety Committee that all Local Government elections be undertaken by the ECQ.

    “The legislation will not place CEOs in the precarious position of having to make decisions about their employer during an election and having to consider the possible impact the decision may have on the CEO’s tenure.

    “Removing CEOs from the process means they can get on with the job of delivering day to day services.

    “As well as changes to the way council elections are held, amendments to the Local Government Act also clarified Councillors’ obligations with respect to potential conflicts of interests by reinstating Councillors’ power to manage their own potential conflicts of interests.

    “Under the ammended laws, failure to adequately manage a conflict of interest by a Councillor would be dealt with through misconduct avenues.”

    Mr Lucas also said that the laws continued to require Councillors who wanted to run as candidates in State Government elections to resign from their position.

    He said no other boss would accept an employee who wanted to use the job as nothing more than a stepping stone.

    “These new laws are efficient and transparent,” Mr Lucas said.

    “This Bill is about the implementation of a new, modernised, statutory framework for all Queensland Local Governments.”

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