CCIQ welcomes win for Yes campaign on fixed four-year terms
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) is delighted that voters have supported fixed four-year parliamentary terms.
The final result was confirmed by the Electoral Commission of Queensland and Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath this week, almost a month after voters went to the polls.
CCIQ Director of Advocacy Nick Behrens said the organisation had campaigned long and hard for the Yes result at the referendum, believing it to be in the best interests of business and the economy.
“Small business rallied behind fixed four-year terms as it will alleviate disruption and the negative impact on the economy that occurs with every election campaign,” he said.
“Elections hit business hard, dramatically reducing consumer spend, delaying major infrastructure projects that cascade economic benefit and adding to uncertainty associated with government economic and fiscal policies.
“The stop-start growth leads to job creation and investment being delayed, as businesses wait to see the outcomes of the election before proceeding. By maximising the parliamentary term, we will now minimise the disruption to business.”
Mr Behrens said the business community will now be able to plan around an election and the set October date and make decisions with greater confidence.
“It is very good outcome and we are thankful that voters have recognised the value in this change,” he said.
“History has shown that it is almost impossible to win a referendum – thankfully voters have now recognised that fixed four-year terms affords maximum opportunity for good government to occur.”
Mr Behrens said the average time between each of the last 10 state elections had been just two years and seven months.
“Quite simply, three-year terms have not provided sufficient opportunity for Queenslanders to see the best from our politicians,” he said.
“This result is beyond politics. Incumbent governments will no longer have a partisan advantage in choosing an election date.
“However, state MPs now have an increased responsibility to the confidence placed in them in this result.
“Queenslanders want to see more mature politics and actioning of sound legislative, fiscal and economic policy without interruption and the distraction of the circus that has been witnessed in this term of parliament.
“The Queensland community rightfully want more government and less politics.”