LNP plan for greater scrutiny during Coronavirus crisis

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The Queensland Parliament should establish a Select Committee to oversee the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s response to the devastating impacts of coronavirus.

LNP Manager of Opposition Business Jarrod Bleijie today called on Annastacia Palaszczuk to support the LNP’s call for a Select Committee similar to one that has been established in New Zealand.

“The Select Committee will oversee the response by the Palaszczuk Labor Government to this unfolding COVID-19 pandemic and be chaired by LNP Opposition Leader
Deb Frecklington,” Mr Bleijie said.

“It’s absolutely crucial that the government is held to account during these unprecedented times.

“The LNP believes this plan is an important way to scrutinise Labor’s decision-making process.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s decision to cancel Queensland Parliament means no scrutiny, no debate and no accountability.

“The Parliament has a key democratic function to hold the government to account.

“It is particularly important in Queensland because of the unicameral parliament.

“A healthy democracy relies on accountability and a Select Committee will present the opportunity to analyse, scrutinise and question the government’s priorities and plans for Queenslanders.

“The community expects all sides of the Parliament to come together and work constructively during this health and economic crisis.

“We must save lives, livelihoods and jobs.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk has a chance to show leadership and immediately adopt the LNP’s proposal for a Select Committee.

“We all have a role to play during this crisis, because we’re all in this together.”

 
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