Queensland Legislative Council Restoration

Queensland Legislative Council Restoration

Queensland Remains United With Legislative Council Restoration

Victor P Taffa

On 16 August 2017 Editor Victor P Taffa wrote to all members of the Queensland Parliament with regards to restoration of the Legislative Council.

Going into the 2017 State Election the Legislative Assembly has 93 seats.

When Victor wrote to members the Parliament had 89 seats. Some members kindly replied to Victor.

 

Victor’s correspondence went as follows:

Queensland Legislative Council was abolished in 1922 by the Theodore Labor Government.

Instead of a State of North Queensland there needs to be a restoration of the Legislative Council.

Legislative Council could be undivided as is the case in New South Wales or a Legislative Council divided into Regions as is the case in Victoria.

Currently the Legislative Assembly has 89 seats.

Legislative Council with 40 seats would be a House of Review and ensure that Queensland remains as a whole State.

Given the size of Queensland and calls for a State of North Queensland it would be best that a Legislative Council was divided into regions as is the case in Victoria.

5 Regions that elects 8 Members for a Legislative Council Chamber of 40 seats.

5 Regions could be named as:

  • Central West
  • Darling Downs
  • North Queensland
  • South East Queensland
  • Sunshine Coast

These 5 regions reflect the 5 major areas of Queensland where elected members by popular vote take the concerns of voters in these regions to Parliament.

While a Legislative Assembly has members that also take the concerns of voters in their electorates to Parliament in a State the size of Queensland it will ensure that issues of concern to voters are dealt with in either a Legislative Assembly chamber or a Legislative Council chamber.

 

Further to Victor’s correspondence:

This Article relating to the restoration of the Queensland Legislative Council is not directly related to the 2017 State Election.

Restoration of the Legislative Council would occur after a State Election was held with implementation at a time appropriate to the next Queensland State Election.

This 5 Region x 8 Seat=40 Seat Chamber Plan is a modest plan that will provide a voice to Queenslanders who feel that they are being ignored by a lack of political representation.

It is these people who have been calling for a State of North Queensland.

Restoration of the Queensland Legislative Council along with Statehood of The Northern Territory within existing boundaries is issues that Editor Victor P Taffa has supported over a long period of time.