Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt
Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt Chris Ison

Government fines to go up, which is fine with government

IT TURNS out that Labor doesn't feel the need to change everything the previous government did.

Despite instigating reviews on the previous government's bikie laws, plans to de-regulate the electricity market, building projects and general LNP-ness, as well as making its first order of business scrapping changes the Newman Government made to the Electoral Act, it's legislation to increase fines can stay.

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Former Treasurer Tim Nicholls introduced laws that see the value of a penalty point automatically increase by a minimum 3.5 per cent each year, with increases above that rate set down by the Treasurer.

For the 2015-16 financial year that means smoking outside the DOSA, speeding or anything else the government has set down as fine-worthy behaviour will be about $3.95 per penalty point more expensive.

And that is just fine according to Curtis Pitt.

Read more at Brisbane Times



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