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Council to join Palmer inquiry into Govt

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones wants councils to make a submission to Palmer United Party led-Senate Inquiry into the Queensland Government.
Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones wants councils to make a submission to Palmer United Party led-Senate Inquiry into the Queensland Government.

LOCKYER Valley Mayor Steve Jones has opened up another front in his one man war on the Queensland State Government.

At this morning's Lockyer Valley council meeting Cr Jones said they should made a submission to the Clive Palmer-launched Federal Senate Inquiry into the State Government.

The call came after the latest spat with the State Government where Council claims it is owed $5m from the flood disaster recovery funding for work it says was done on behalf of the State Government.

Cr Jones has also been critical of the State Government on matters such as fruitbat management, state levies collected by councils, and private levy banks.

 "I believe there is a number of issues I believe that have affected us," Cr Jones said.

"I feel it is important that council does make a submission to the Inquiry,"

Cr Jones said these issues were across "numerous government departments".

However when Cr Jones for a motion to be tabled to make a submission he ran into some opposition from several councillors who were uneasy about putting their name to a submission that they might not get to see.

Cr Peter Friend said he had no issues with a submission but he needed to know what was going to be in it.

"I need to know what the issues are before they go out in the public arena ," Cr Friend said.

"I don't want people ringing me, asking me questions I know nothing about."

Cr Jim McDonald then requested an amendment to the motion for the council to discuss what would be in the submission before it was put to the vote.

"Surely a submission going to the Senate on behalf of the Lockyer Valley should be discussed by council," Cr McDonald said.

"I would ask that we have a special meeting, a confidential session, so we know what is going in it."

Cr McDonald's amendment to hold a session to discuss the matter was lost on the casting vote of the Mayor after a 3-3 deadlock (Crs McDonald, Friend and McLean voted for the amendment, Crs Jones, Milligan and Holstein voting against and Cr Pingel absent).

The original motion to make a submission to the Inquiry was passed 4-2 with Crs Jones, Milligan, Holstein and Friend voting in favour.

Topics:  lockyer valley regional council, queensland government, senate inquiry, steve jones


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