Rudd crying crocodile tears on forced council mergers

8th October 2007The Queensland Coalition has accused Federal Labor Leader Kevin Rudd of“crying crocodile tears” on forced council amalgamations followingrevelations he only met with the former Premier once to discuss theissue. In a Question on Notice, the Coalition sought details on how manymeetings, emails, letters, faxes or phone calls Mr Rudd made to theformer Premier … Read moreRudd crying crocodile tears on forced council mergers

Kevin couldnt give a Rudd about councils

8th October 2007The Queensland Coalition today stepped up its call for Kevin Rudd toshow his true colours on Labor’s forced council amalgamations. Coalition Leader Jeff Seeney said Kevin Rudd’s claim he’d been‘consistent’ on forced amalgamations was a cop-out and another exampleof his “breeze sniffing” on key issues. Mr Seeney challenged the would-be Prime Minister to … Read moreKevin couldnt give a Rudd about councils

Sunshine Coast launch of Coalitions campaign against forced mergers

3rd October 2007The State Coalition chose Peregian Beach this morning to launch itsrenewed campaign against Labor’s forced council amalgamations. Coalition Leader Jeff Seeney said the Sunshine Coast component of thecampaign launch was a rallying call for residents to step-up the fightagainst Labor’s forced mergers. “Everyone hoped Premier Bligh would back down and admit Labor’s agendaof … Read moreSunshine Coast launch of Coalitions campaign against forced mergers

Bligh should listen to regions on council amalgamations too

2nd October 2007Premier Anna Bligh should scrap her State Government’s forced councilamalgamations plan if she is serious about “listening to the voice ofthe regions”, the Queensland Coalition said today. State Coalition Leader Jeff Seeney said regional Queenslanders’opposition to forced council amalgamations had been just as loud andstrong as their opposition to daylight saving. “Labor’s forced … Read moreBligh should listen to regions on council amalgamations too

Qld councils to hold merger plebiscites

24th September 2007Some 87 Queensland councils will defy the State Government and hold plebiscites on whether or not shire amalgamations should go ahead. But holding plebiscites on forced council mergers in areas not affected by local government reforms would be a stupid waste of money, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh says. The Local Government Association of … Read moreQld councils to hold merger plebiscites

People Power to have a vote on Amalgamations

24th September 2007Over 700 000 people and 87 Councils have demanded a say on forced council amalgamations by engaging the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to conduct plebiscites of electors in their area,” Shadow Minister for Main Roads and Local Government, Howard Hobbs said today.   “Councils affected in the South West who have asked for … Read morePeople Power to have a vote on Amalgamations

Over 700,000 demand a say on forced council amalgamations

24th September 2007Over 700,000 people and 87 Councils have demanded a say on forcedcouncil amalgamations by engaging the Australian Electoral Commission(AEC) to conduct plebiscites of electors in their area, Shadow Ministerfor Main Roads and Local Government, Howard Hobbs said today. “Councils affected by amalgamations, from the Torres Strait toStanthorpe, have asked for a plebiscite as … Read moreOver 700,000 demand a say on forced council amalgamations

Blighs heartless hard line of council wipe-outs

24th September 2007Anna Bligh was heartless and showing she had no compassion or empathywith small town Queensland by continuing the ALP’s hard line on councilwipe-outs, the State Coalition said today. State Coalition Leader Jeff Seeney said Anna Bligh’s arrogant put downof Queenslanders having their democratic right to vote on forcedamalgamations showed every Queenslander needed to … Read moreBlighs heartless hard line of council wipe-outs

Councils urged to take up Federal offer of amalgamation polls

18th September 2007 The Queensland Coalition has urged all affected councils to take up theFederal offer of polls on amalgamations. Coalition Leader Jeff Seeney said legislation passed in the Senate inCanberra last night cleared the way for the polls to be conducted by theElectoral Commission at no cost to local councils. “This is about giving … Read moreCouncils urged to take up Federal offer of amalgamation polls

WARREGO WATER SHOULD STAY IN QUEENSLAND – NOT GIVEN TO NSW

17th September 2007“The Warrego Water Auction should continue without further political debate,” Member for Warrego Howard Hobbs said today. “The Warrego water action scheduled for 18th September in Charleville and 19th September in Cunnamulla has now been put on hold for two weeks by the State Government,” Mr Hobbs said. “There is no sense in … Read moreWARREGO WATER SHOULD STAY IN QUEENSLAND – NOT GIVEN TO NSW

Bligh must scrap forced council amalgamation plans

12th September 2007New Premier Anna Bligh should go back to the drawing board on councilamalgamations and ensure communities have a genuine say in how they aregoverned locally, the Queensland Coalition said today. Deputy Opposition Leader Fiona Simpson urged Ms Bligh to ditch the bullyboy tactics of her mentor Peter Beattie and scrap plans to forcecouncils … Read moreBligh must scrap forced council amalgamation plans

Beattie retires as Queensland Premier

11th September 2007Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie has announced his retirement as the State’s leader, bowing out of Parliament as of Thursday. Mr Beattie has been the State’s Premier since 1998. He told a Brisbane Press Conference this afternoon that it was “time for renewal”, strongly endorsing his deputy, Anna Bligh, as the State’s next premier … Read moreBeattie retires as Queensland Premier

Unions must stop threatening council workers

10th September 2007Shadow Minister for Local Government, Planning and Sport Howard Hobbs today warned Queensland unions that threatening Council workers affected by Council amalgamations with the sack unless they paid a union membership was akin to blackmail.“Reports have surfaced that Union representatives have told Council workers that those who are union members will retain their … Read moreUnions must stop threatening council workers

Senate Inquiry backs plebiscites for local councils

10th September 2007A Senate Inquiry has backed the Federal Government’s policy of offering to pay for local Queensland councils to conduct plebiscites on the contentious issue of shire amalgamations. Nationals Senate Leader Ron Boswell says the report, tabled today, shows that the “Coalition Government’s action to deliver a say to people concerned about local government … Read moreSenate Inquiry backs plebiscites for local councils

Impossible deadline for council transition committees

6th September 2007The Beattie government’s impossible deadline for all council transitioncommittees to have met by Sunday was confirmed in an email from LocalGovernment Department director general to councils and unions, the StateCoalition said today. Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs said Department headMichael Kinnane emailed all councils, unions and transmission committeemembers on Tuesday* warning them … Read moreImpossible deadline for council transition committees