Referendum on March 19 to decide on state terms

THE Electoral Commission of Queensland will conduct a State Referendum on Saturday, March 19, in conjunction with the Local Government Quadrennial Elections.

The referendum seeks approval from Queenslanders to change the term of Queensland State Parliament. Currently, Queensland's State Parliament sits for a term no longer than three years.

The referendum calls for electors to either vote Yes or No to approve the Constitution (Fixed Term Parliament) Amendment Bill 2015 which seeks to change parliament's term to a fixed four years.

The Referendums Act 1997 provides that the majority of the members of Parliament who voted for and against the Bill have the opportunity to provide a statement in support of their position to the Commission. The arguments are available to be viewed http://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/elections/2016-state-referendum.


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