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Changes to s254 Local Government Regulation and Local Government Act 2012 - oath of office

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Gary Duffy
47 Blackall Street
EAST IPSWICH QLD 4305

Total Signatures - 252

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 14/04/2020

Closing Date: 14/09/2020

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

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House, that s254 Local Government Regulation (LGR)(Qld) 2012 does not expressly stipulate a higher legal requirement or duty for public office which is greater than, for instance an "ALP membership pledge".

The s254 Declaration provides: 'I, (name) having been elected/appointed as a councillor of the (LGA), declare that I will faithfully and impartially fulfil the duties of the office, in accordance with the local government principles and code of conduct under the Local Government Act 2009, to the best of my judgment and ability'.

The 2018 Rules of the ALP (State of Queensland) state:
(1A) Each applicant (for membership) shall agree to the following pledge:
"If admitted to the Australian Labor Party, I hereby pledge myself to the principles of the Australian Labor Party's state, national and local government platforms and to any alteration thereto made by a national or state conference. I also pledge to do everything in my power to further the objectives of the Party as set forth in its constitution and general rules."
 
Queensland citizens call on the House to do all within its power to:
1. Ensure amendment to s254 LGR (Qld) 2012 to properly reflect that any pledge any Elected or Local Government employee has with an organisation are invalidated once elected or appointed to Public Office; and
2. Ensure amendment to the LG Act (Qld) 2009 to stipulate that elected officials/Council employees cannot sign any pledge that contradicts their statutory duty while in public office.