Brisbane venue for ‘Democracy Rally’

15th January 2008With only eight weeks to Queensland’s contentious local government elections, there are moves afoot to stage a Democratic Rights Day, thereby highlighting further public unrest over issues like forced amalgamations. The over-arching umbrella group for the planned Democratic Rights Day, Australian Business and People’s Alliance Council, says it is anticipating some 20,000 people … Read moreBrisbane venue for ‘Democracy Rally’

Qld has spoken – forced council mergers a disaster

19th December 2007The overwhelming results of plebiscites on forced council amalgamations in Queensland have made it absolutely clear that the State Government has gone down the wrong path, says federal Nationals leader, Warren Truss. Mr Truss, a Queenslander himself and federal Shadow Local Government Minister, says the Qld Premier, Anna Bligh, has no choice but … Read moreQld has spoken – forced council mergers a disaster

Labor ignores local voices in forced mergers

12th December 2007The Bligh Labor Government should listen to the people voting in theplebiscites on forced council mergers, the Queensland Coalition saidtoday. Queensland Coalition Shadow Minister for Local Government Howard Hobbssaid Labor’s approach of ignoring the results was arrogant in theextreme. “People have every right to have a say in the future of theircommunities,” said … Read moreLabor ignores local voices in forced mergers

Ballot on forced council amalgamations closes Friday

10th December 2007Queenslanders outside the South-East affected by forced councilamalgamations have till Friday (December 14) to have their say, theState Coalition said today. Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs said while the ballot forthe six urban Councils (Caboolture, Caloundra, Pine Rivers, Gold Coast,Noosa and Redcliffe) closed last Friday, residents in every otheraffected area had till … Read moreBallot on forced council amalgamations closes Friday

Election 07: Feds were involved with clearing bans

9th November 2007Prime Minister, John Howard, has admitted the Federal Government did play a role in banning land clearing, but won’t comment on whether farmers should be compensated for this or be recognised for their contribution to Australia meeting its Kyoto targets. In a special interview with Rural Press last week, Mr Howard exploded the … Read moreElection 07: Feds were involved with clearing bans

Council mergers could cost $200m in Qld: LGAQ

25th October 2007The Queensland Government has been forced to defend its handling of council amalgamations on two new fronts, including a claim by the Local Government Association of Queensland that the process of merging shires will cost councils $200 million. And the Nationals claim that a legislative bungle by the Government means the State still … Read moreCouncil mergers could cost $200m in Qld: LGAQ

Kevin Rudd deserves no support on forced mergers

16th October 2007Confirmation council plebiscites won’t be held until after the November24 Federal election made it doubly important for Queenslanders concerned over Labor’s forced amalgamations to voteagainst Kevin Rudd, the State Coalition said today. Shadow Minister for Local Government, Howard Hobbs said Queenslanderswho imagined they could vote for Kevin Rudd on the back of his commentshe … Read moreKevin Rudd deserves no support on forced mergers

Election a chance to have a say on forced mergers

15th October 2007The Federal Election is the first chance voters in Queensland will getto have a say on forced council amalgamations, the Queensland Coalitionsaid today. Shadow Minister for Local Government, Howard Hobbs said revelations madepublic last week showed Kevin Rudd met only once with Queensland’sPremier on the subject of forced council mergers which indicated Laborwas … Read moreElection a chance to have a say on forced mergers

Union hacks dominating in amalgamated councils

12th October 2007Unelected union representatives are dominating the forced councilamalgamations transition process, with revelations this week up to 54union representatives are sitting on one of the regional committeeswhich will determine how the new councils will work. Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs said the State LaborGovernment’s forced council amalgamations were more about creatingstronger unions than … Read moreUnion hacks dominating in amalgamated councils

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

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

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

Rudd targeted by anti-amalgamation group

3rd September 2007Federal Labor Leader Kevin Rudd will be the target of an anti-council amalgamation campaign to be launched today on Queensland’s Noosa beach. The Friends of Noosa group was formed in protest of the Queensland Government’s plan to merge Noosa with Maroochy and Caloundra to create a super council on the Sunshine Coast. Earlier … Read moreRudd targeted by anti-amalgamation group

Beattie council backflip a victory for democracy

20th August 2007Queensland Premier Peter Beattie’s decision to withdraw threats to sack councils if they conduct amalgamation ballots has been hailed as a victory for the people by Prime Minister John Howard. Mr Beattie yesterday backed down from plans to sack any council or councillors involved in holding referenda on the controversial proposal to slash … Read moreBeattie council backflip a victory for democracy