One in three voters stay away from ballot box

17th March 2008 Almost one-third of Queenslanders did not vote in Saturday’s local government elections. The polls, run for the first time by the Electoral Commission of Queensland, were the first since the State Government’s controversial decision to cut the number of councils in the state from 157 to 73. Queensland Local Government Association executive … Read moreOne in three voters stay away from ballot box

Attorney-General has no idea of council ballot “stuff-ups”

5th March 2008 The State Coalition revealed wrongly-addressed return envelopes were sent out with ballot papers for the local government elections in the Balonne Shire but was less than impressed with the Bligh government’s response in State Parliament this morning.Shadow Local Government & Planning Minister Howard Hobbs asked the Attorney-General what he knew of the … Read moreAttorney-General has no idea of council ballot “stuff-ups”

Local Government status ‘butchered’

26th February 2008 Bligh government moves to axe the ‘Constitutional Corporation’ status of local governments were unprecedented anywhere in the world and could put council assets worth $80 billon at risk, Shadow Minister for Main Roads & Local Government, Howard Hobbs warned today.“Anna Bligh is effectively butchering our local governments’ legal status to ensure councils … Read moreLocal Government status ‘butchered’

Local Government Status Butchered

25th February 2008“The State Government’s proposed legislation to change the legal status of Queensland Local Governments to remove “Constitutional Corporation” status is an extraordinary and unprecedented throughout the world and may place $80 billon of Council assets at risk,” Queensland Shadow Minister for Main Roads and Local Government, Howard Hobbs said today.“This drastic move is … Read moreLocal Government Status Butchered

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 Govt to review its controversial land clearing laws

21st December 2007The Queensland Government is asking landholders feedback on the administration of its controversial vegetation management laws, but it is not revisiting the clearing bans. Minister for Natural Resources and Water Craig Wallace this week announced the review, which will deliver on one of the government’s Blueprint for the Bush commitments. The first phase … Read moreQld Govt to review its controversial land clearing laws

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

Queenslanders condemn forced council mergers

18th December 2007Queenslanders have overwhelmingly rejected the Bligh Labor Government’sforced council amalgamations with almost 300,000 people voting againstthe move in 85 voluntary plebiscites right throughout the state. Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs said only an arrogant andout of touch Government would ignore such a comprehensive result. “Queensland communities have sent the Bligh Labor Government … Read moreQueenslanders condemn forced council mergers

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

First council merger ballot results send resounding no message

11th December 2007The Bligh Labor Government cannot ignore the resounding opposition toforced council mergers being recorded in postal vote results releasedthis week, the Queensland Coalition said today. Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs said he expected thestrong no votes registered by Noosa, Redcliffe and Pine Rivers residentswould be echoed right throughout Queensland. “The dictatorial and … Read moreFirst council merger ballot results send resounding no message

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

The Local Government Remuneration Tribunal Report 2007

5th December 2007 The Local Government Remuneration Tribunal Report 2007 has been tabled in the Queensland Parliament and an electronic copy of the Report can be accessed via the Queensland Parliament’s website at: www.parliament.qld.gov.au/view/legislativeassembly/tableOffice/documents/TP_PDFS/TP2744-2007.pdf

Council amalgamation ballots posted this week

19th November 2007About 700,000 Queenslanders in 85 councils affected by the Bligh LaborGovernment’s forced council amalgamations will finally have a chance tohave their say this week by voting in local plebiscites. Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs said the AustralianElectoral Commission will start posting out plebiscite ballot papersthis week asking ratepayers if they supported the … Read moreCouncil amalgamation ballots posted this week

Union domination of amalgamated councils revealed

15th November 2007The Bligh Labor Government’s push for union infiltration of localcouncils has been exposed by new figures showing union officials aresitting on up to 10 of the transition committees set up under the forcedamalgamations process. Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs said under Labor’s laws,all of the transition committees guiding the establishment of the … Read moreUnion domination of amalgamated councils revealed

Throwaway line haunts ex-minister

8th November 2007 What seemed an odd throwaway line some 25 years ago goes to the heart of the State Government’s motivation to forcibly amalgamate local councils, says Nobby resident Kevin Perks. Mr Perks, a union member of 40 years and a card-carrying Labor man for 30 years, says he attended a party meeting in … Read moreThrowaway line haunts ex-minister