Senate Inquiry will show what is going wrong in Queensland

The Independent Member for Gaven Dr Alex Douglas MP has welcomed the Senate Inquiry into the LNP government, saying it will allow transparency of what is going wrong in Queensland.

“The normal mechanisms of governance have been completely disabled within the first term of the Campbell Newman Government and despite what is being repeatedly stated by its leaders, outcomes are being severely affected,” he told a media conference this morning.

“I remind the Premier and his deputy that their threat to either block or not participate in the inquiry will be seen by the public as having something to hide.

“The Crime and Misconduct Commission, now Crime and Corruption Commission, has been neutered.  The Chief Justice cannot claim to be independent and our public service has been silenced via threats of sacking, redundancies and improper selection.

“No longer are we seeing fearless advice from senior public servants but lip service to second-rate initiatives from the thought bubbles of the LNP cabinet.

“The most recent parliamentary estimates hearings were reduced to 2% of the practical available time for questions when compared to previous hearings.

“If nothing else this inquiry will provide that budgetary scrutiny the LNP Government chose to avoid.

“Clearly when in 2012 the LNP removed me from the position of chair of the Queensland State Parliament Ethics Committee, they did not like the questions I was asking and they had major troubles with honesty and ethics in their government.

“My subsequent resignation from the LNP was triggered by a false statement that I wished to stand down as committee chair.

“Many others now have the same questions about the government as I had then.

“Queenslanders deserve better than this and they are speaking out.

“I have nothing personally to gain from this inquiry and I don’t wish to pre-empt it.

“However, I believe we will all gain from the process.”

Full statement at: http://www.alex4gaven.com.au/5371/the-senate-inquiry-into-the-queensland-lnp-government/

Alex at media conference 2.10.14

Dr Douglas speaking with journalists at this morning’s media conference

The Senate Inquiry into the Queensland LNP Government

Today I am making a public statement of support for the joint initiative of the Palmer United Party, the Greens and the Labor Party to have a federal multi-party senate inquiry into the activities of the Queensland Government.

Since resigning from the LNP in 2012, I have consistently championed the return of honesty and ethics in government here in Queensland.

 My resignation from the LNP was triggered by a false statement that I wished to stand down as the chair of the Queensland State Parliament Ethics Committee.  Clearly the LNP wanted me moved because they did not like the questions I was asking and they had major troubles with honesty and ethics in their government. Many others now have the same questions about this government.  I expect those questions to be posed to relevant parties in this inquiry.

 The scope of this inquiry and the proposed process will allow greater transparency of what has been going wrong in this state.

The normal mechanisms of governance have been completely disabled within the first term of this Campbell Newman Government here in Queensland. Despite what is being repeatedly stated by LNP government leaders, outcomes are being severely affected.

I remind the Queensland Premier and the Deputy Premier in particular that their threat to either block or not participate in this will be seen by the public as having something to hide.

 The Crime and  Misconduct Commission, now Crime and Corruption Commission, has been neutered. The Chief Justice cannot claim to be independent. Our public service has been silenced via threats of sacking, redundancies and improper selection. No longer are we seeing fearless advice from senior public servants but lip service to second-rate initiatives from the thought bubbles of the LNP cabinet.

 The most recent parliamentary estimates hearings were reduced to 2% of the practical available time for questions when compared to previous hearings. If nothing else this inquiry by the Senate (the State’s House) will provide that budgetary scrutiny the LNP government chose to avoid.

Queenslanders deserve better that this and they are speaking out. Many will make submissions at the inquiry. I would ask all those who wish to join them to contact the Senate.

 I have nothing personally to gain from this inquiry and I don’t wish to pre-empt it. However I believe we will all gain from the process. I look forward to its commencement soon.

Nerang baseballers gain grant for updated canteen

Nerang’s Cardinals Baseball Club has received a $35,000 grant to refurbish its canteen, Member for Gaven, Dr Alex Douglas MP announced today.

The club received the money in the latest round of the Jupiters  Casino Community Benefit Fund released today.

“I always admire the tireless work of sporting clubs which provide an excellent exercise and social environment for youth and adults,” he said.

Dr Douglas also announced two grants from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund for community groups.

The Gold Coast French Festival  on November 23 at Gold Coast City Council Evandale parklands will receive $3,450 and Seharum Nusantara will receive $4,306 to run dance training.

“I will be writing to all organisations to advise them of their successful applications,” Dr Douglas said.

Senate Inquiry into Queensland LNP Government

MEDIA CONFERENCE

 Dr Alex Douglas MP, Independent Member for Gaven,  talks about the upcoming Senate Inquiry into the Queensland LNP Government

 When: Tomorrow, October 2, 2014 at 8.30 am

Where: Gaven Electorate Office, 4/12 Ferry St, Nerang

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaven MP Alex Douglas fights for Pacific Pines police station

Member for Gaven Dr Alex Douglas MP will continue to support Pacific Pines residents campaigning for a police station despite the Police Minister saying  a station is not being considered.

“I urge petitioners not to relent in view of the Minister’s announcement because Campbell Newman’s LNP Government is Brisbanecentric and anything out of Brisbane isn’t important for  this government,” he said.

“I will continue to lobby and support principal petitioner Nigel Jesson and his supporters because the community which has grown from just over 8,000 in 2003 to 18,159 last year  has outgrown the police beat.

“More than 1000 people have already signed paper and on-line petitions calling for a police station because of significant population increases during the past ten years.

“Residents have until October 17 to sign the petition at  http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petitions

“Whilst I agree that officers from the police beat, Coomera and Nerang Police Stations are committed to keeping crime down and having a safe community, spiralling population growth in the area including Oxenford, Maudsland and surrounds is contributing to an over-worked police force.

“The police beat was established when the suburb was quite a bit smaller. There is one police officer stationed there.

“Residents now  believe there has been an upturn in crime and a new station will relieve pressure on neighbouring stations and improve response times to incidents.

“I say to those pushing for a police station that you have two options.   You can, as the Minister wants you to, forget about this or you can continue to campaign for a station which is justifiable.

“I want residents to know that I will continue to back their attempts and they shouldn’t be turned away simply because the Minister claims they are being adequately policed.”

You can read the Police Minister’s full response to a question by Dr Alex Douglas MP regarding a police station for Pacific Pines:
http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/questionsAnswers/2014/657-2014.pdf