News

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




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

4 things to try in Warwick this week.

The Criterion Hotel is a fixture of Warwick entertainment on Palmerin St. Photo Sophie Lester / Warwick Daily News

Hmmm, what to do this week?

Glyn Rees, a coffee, a new life and a pile of books

REFLECTION: Glyn Rees relaxs at a favourite spot in Allora.

Glyn Rees is getting used to a slower paced life

Lost photographs searching for an owner

LOST: Nic McMahon with the old photos she found in Rose City Shoppingworld carpark last Thursday.

Do these photos belong to you?

Latest deals and offers


Crushing success at Stanthorpe festival’s milestone

The Apple and Grape Harvest Festival has had another successful year

The best retro movies of the week? May 27 - June 3

Gregory Peck Photo Contributed

This week TV fan get to see Tom Cruise in a 1980s classics

Bennett, Langer, Thurston and others talk Cam Smith

Broncos and former QLD coach Wayne Bennett.

Broncos and former QLD coach plus past and present players talk about Cameron...

Warwick High student named as hockey nationals umpire

Interview with Warwick High student Isaac Johnson who has been named as an umpire...

Start of Pentath-run wheelchair race in Warwick

Start of Wheelchair race at Pentath-run 1500

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked