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You are here: Home News and media CMC media releases Media releases — 14 November 2005 – 9 June 2006 CMC releases discussion paper on local government elections — 22.12.2005
You are here: Home News and media CMC media releases Media releases — 14 November 2005 – 9 June 2006 CMC releases discussion paper on local government elections — 22.12.2005
You are here: Home News and media CMC media releases Media releases — 14 November 2005 – 9 June 2006 CMC releases discussion paper on local government elections — 22.12.2005

CMC releases discussion paper on local government elections — 22.12.2005

The Crime and Misconduct Commission is calling for written submissions as part of its public inquiry into the Queensland local government electoral process. 
 
Last week the Commission finished taking evidence in the first phase of the inquiry, which investigated allegations concerning the Gold Coast City Council election held in March last year.
 
The CMC continues to analyse information collected during its investigative hearing and will now examine in more detail certain issues relating to the conduct of local government elections and business. 
 
Today the CMC released a discussion paper asking key stakeholders and interested members of the public to comment on the adequacy of existing Queensland local government legislation, including provisions relating to: 

a) misleading voters
b) electoral bribery
c) returns about election gifts
d) declaring and dealing with conflicts of interest or material personal interests by councillors.

 The CMC will use the information and results from the inquiry to look at possible recommendations to enhance the standards of integrity and conduct in local government councils generally.

The Department of Local Government, Planning, Sport and Recreation has also released a discussion paper that looks at a broad range of issues concerning the local government electoral process.

The department’s discussion paper and questionnaire is part of a regular review conducted after local council elections.

The Minister for Local Government and Planning has indicated that she will take into account any CMC recommendations for amendment to the Local Government Act 1993.

The CMC’s discussion paper is available on the Commission’s website www.cmc.qld.gov.au. Anyone without access to a computer can phone (07) 3360 6252 and a copy of the discussion paper will be mailed to them.

Submissions will close on 10 February 2006.

Last updated: 16 January 2012

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