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OPINION: Are fixed terms the go for Queensland?

WHILE I have to acknowledge the political cleverness of Campbell Newman calling a snap election it does raise the issue of fixed terms for all levels of government.

For example, New South Wales elections are held on the fourth Saturday of March every four years. No early elections, no political plays, just a fixed term of office that must be served.

My belief is that most Australian electors believe governments at all levels should serve the full term to which they are elected and not use early elections to help save their political skins.

Voters quite rightly become angry when mayors, premiers and prime ministers end their tenures early in order to give a successor a decent run up to the next election.

We have moved to fixed four-year terms for local government in Queensland and it has served us well.

Perhaps it is time to look at making the same transition at state government level and give voters some certainty.

Topics:  editorial, editors picks, elections, queensland election 2015




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