THE Palaszczuk Government has announced that they will endorse all 31 recommendations handed down in a Crime and Corruption Commission report following an investigation into local council elections.
The Premier told State Parliament of the decision in Brisbane this morning.
“Today I can announce my government will endorse all recommendations in the report, supporting some in full and others in principle,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
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“I have already indicated my support for two of that reports key recommendation – a ban on developer donations, and better mechanisms for addressing conflict of interest concerns in council decisions.
In a statement released today, the Premier said she will ensure the legislative changes are properly scrutinised through the committee process and confirmed they will also be implemented at state level.
“Most importantly, when it comes to political donations – we will NOT introduce measures on local government that we do NOT apply to ourselves,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“The State Secretary of the Labor has advised me that as of last Friday, the party has stopped accepting donations from property developers.”
“We will talk to stakeholders through this process – and this week, I will meet with the Local Government Association of Queensland and the Property Council.”
Minister for Local Government, The Honourable Mark Furner, said that earlier this year, plans were announced to introduce a new independent assessor to deal with council complaints, along with a mandatory code of conduct for councillors.
“I’m pleased to say this week, I will introduce legislation into the Parliament to put these new measures into practice,” Mr Furner said.
“These are measures I hope will receive the full support of both sides of the Chamber.”
Mr Furner revealed the Palaszczuk Government’s decision to support the recommendations, is the “biggest local government reforms in Queensland’s history.”