Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk attacks government on changes to corruption watchdog and donations.
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk attacks government on changes to corruption watchdog and donations.

LNP to ALP: Queenslanders want more from you

DEPUTY Premier Jeff Seeney has swung at a suite of new policies released by the Opposition today, accusing Labor of having no policy "on the things that really matter to Queenslanders".

It comes after Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a list of points the party would put in place if it took power in the 2015 poll.

These focused almost entirely on undoing changes made by the LNP regarding political donations and the administration of the anti-corruption watchdog.

"It's ironic that their first policy is simply to reject something the government has done," Mr Seeney said.

"What's their plan to get Queensland's budget back on track, or to create jobs for Queenslanders?

"How do they plan to fix the health system, improve education for our kids?

"They don't have policies on the things that really matter to Queenslanders."

 

Labor vows to undo LNP changes in policy release

JUST two days after polling showed Queensland's LNP government had fallen behind Labor for the first time since its landslide 2012 election, the Opposition has unveiled a raft of policies to "restore integrity and accountability".

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has released a swag of reforms almost entirely aimed at undoing changes made by the LNP since it took power.

Of the nine basic policy concepts, three relate to political donations and six relate to changes made to the Crime and Misconduct Commission and government's dismantling of the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Commission.

She launched a website for Labor's renewed campaign ahead of next year's election - AccountableQld.com.

Ms Palaszczuk released the strategy on "the eve of the 25th anniversary of the day Tony Fitzgerald QC handed down his watershed report into corruption in Queensland".

"Campbell Newman says he is accountable but accountability, trustworthiness and integrity don't come from words, they come from actions," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"In just two years, the Newman Government has attacked the independence of the judiciary, watered down the independence of the anti-corruption watchdog, sacked the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee, made it easier for LNP mates to make secret donations that will never be declared, and the list goes on."

She said allowing politicians to not declare donations under $12,400 - replacing the $1000 rule - was one of many "retrograde steps" taken by the government.

"The risks associated with political donations were clearly identified in the Fitzgerald Report, which was handed down 25 years ago this week - and Labor took steps to protect our democracy," she said.

"But the LNP has shown that it is incapable of learning from the failures of past conservative governments and has wound back the safeguards regarding accountability and integrity."


Ms Palasczuk said if elected, Labor would:
• Reverse decision to lift the disclosure level for political donations from $1000 to $12,400, including retroactive laws applying to when it was changed on November 21 last year.

• Ensure appointments of the Chair and the CEO of the state's anti-corruption watchdog had bipartisan support

• Limit temporary appointments for the Chair, Commissioners and CEO of the state's anti-corruption watchdog to three months, unless there is bipartisan support

• Require bipartisan support for the appoint of a non-Government Chair of the Parliamentary Committee

• Enable anonymous complaints to the anti-corruption watchdog



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