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Separate the membership side of the LGAQ from the commercial interests of the LGAQ

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Gary Duffy
47 Blackall Street
EAST IPSWICH QLD 4305

Total Signatures - 590

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 7/11/2019

Closing Date: 19/03/2020

Tabled Date: 22/04/2020

Responded By: Hon Stirling Hinchliffe MP on 8/05/2020

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House that since the restructure of the Local Government Association of QLD (LGAQ) in 2009, there has been more corruption in Queensland local governments in the last 10 years than there was for the previous 113 years. The current structure of the LGAQ, where public officials, elected representatives, developers and suppliers to local government are all members or associates of the same organisation (The LGAQ) is alien to the concept of democracy and open government. With the pending City Deals policy proposal, the LGAQ will have access to billions of dollars of funding with no regulatory oversight.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to call on the Queensland Government, to reduce the risk of corrupt conduct to:

1. Separate the local government membership side of the LGAQ from its commercial interests and operations; and
2. Bring the local government membership side of the LGAQ back under state government control; and
3. Due to the membership of the LGAQ being elected and public officials, approve legislation for the CCC to have oversight over the LGAQ and any other business doing exclusive dealing with local and state governments.
4. Bring in the required legislation to prevent the membership side of the LGAQ, which is basically elected members and public Officials, from operating a commercial enterprise, or promoting commercial interests of or for the benefit of the LGAQ.