|Premier Campbell Newman - |
Thmbs his nose at democracy
The Queensland Premier today insisted his party's policies were detailed and clear and did not need to be scrutinised by Parliament's bipartisan committees.
Mr Newman said his "intent" was to allow other legislation unrelated to his election commitments to be reviewed.
"We went to the big committee," the Premier said, referring to the recent election.
The controversial move trashes the committee system established in a bipartisan fashion before the last election.
It was supposed to review all legislation before being passed, in an effort to allow the Parliament to act in its proper fashion as a check-and-balance mechanism on executive power.