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