Election

Media Release – ICAC

MEDIA RELEASE

The situation in Queensland (Qld) is beyond the capacity and powers of the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) where currently less than 2% of corruption complaints are investigated (Prof Tim Prenzler). People have lost faith in the system and it is now urgent that Queensland establishes the long overdue Qld Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

Reforms are necessary to the way complaints against people involved in local government and other public entities are handled. Qld’s Local Government Act (QLGA) sets up a state of affairs whereby complaints about mayors, councillors and officers are assessed by the council’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) before they are referred on to the CCC.
The same Act also sets up a process whereby the CCC refers complaints back to the councils in question for ‘preliminary assessment’ which is essentially putting the fox in charge of the hen house.

The present complaints framework surrounding Qld’s local and state politics suffers from a complete lack of meaningful scrutiny around political donations. No one actively investigates this, not the council themselves, not the CCC and not even the Electoral Commission Qld (ECQ) which actually handles the disclosure of political donations. The enormous void in handling and investigation of electoral complaints has been evidenced at the recent CCC Operation Belcarra Public Hearing.
Queensland has a real need for an appropriately empowered and resourced body which is solely focussed on being the real watchdog of the political landscape from misconduct through to crime and corruption. Only the NSW ICAC model (pre2016 amendments) achieves the level of deterrent, scrutiny and convictions that are acceptable to the public.

I stand alongside Rob Pyne MP and urgently call for a proper Qld ICAC and a Federal ICAC.

“There is no more neutrality in the world. You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.” Eldridge Cleaver

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Click here to read media release supporting an ICAC from Qld Local Government Reform Alliance (QLGRA)

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CEO calls executive team for urgent meeting

CEO ADMITS FAILING BASIC LEGISLATIVE PRINCIPLES

Deputy Premier tabled a report dated 31 October 2016 titles FRASER COAST REGIONAL COUNCIL – State intervention under the Local Government Act 2009.

On page 10 of this report, 3.6 Governance states “As early as March 2016, the Chief Executive Officer identified concern for immediate action within Council in terms of its operations and compliance with governance requirements.” (Footnote 13 which is identified as “Email. Chief Executive Officer, 16 March 2016.)

Below is a copy of the 16th March 2016 email from Fraser Coast Regional Council CEO Ms Lisa Desmond. (3 days before the Election).

It is understood that the timing of this email coincided with the release of local polls that showed a swing away from the incumbent.

At the March 2016 Local Government Elections Mayor O’Connell was defeated and Mayor Chris Loft was successful. This outcome was clear on election night.

In this email, Ms Desmond ADMITS the council is failing basic legislative principles amongst a list of other things.

From publicly available records, Ms Desmond has been CEO of Fraser Coast Regional Council since 2011 having served under Mayor Kruger and Mayor O’Connell. (5 years)

The Council has had two ‘advisors’ from Department Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP) whose reports were relied on in the above mentioned report.

This email is referred to in the Report so the ‘advisors’ Steven Johnson, Deputy Director-General, Local Government and Regional Services and Terry Brennan, former Cassowary Coast Regional Council CEO knew; therefore the Department and Jacklyn Trad Minister, Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning knew about it also.

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Jeanette Maynes has a history on the ‘backflow’ click here to learn more. 

Our time is now

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RALLY TO END COUNCIL CHAOS!

#HadEnough – FCRC we call on you to end the chaos in Council.

If you care at all about fixing the ongoing dysfunction in the FCRC you must turn out in force on Wednesday morning at 8:30am, City Hall, Maryborough. Democracy can be reasserted here if we make the council hear our voice. Rally to End Council Chaos!

Bring signs or just bring yourselves and your friends but turn out as this is our time, they must listen.

Wednesday 9th November, 2016
City Hall
Maryborough

Enough is enough Fraser Coast. Our reputation, our economy and our community is being destroyed by the infighting between the CEO and the Mayor and between councillors. We can no longer afford our council and CEO to be focusing their energies on attacking each other and point scoring rather than working together to better our wonderful region.

We also can not tolerate that the staff of OUR council are forced to work in such a “toxic” work environment and that there is a culture of “favouritism” and “reprisals”. The CEO needs to take responsibility for the HR problems and toxic work culture. The CEO and the Mayor can not work together in any positive way. One of them must go. The Mayor is elected, the CEO is an employee, whatever the many faults with the Mayor, its the CEO who must resign or be sacked for there to be any chance of this community rebuilding faith in the council.

Apathy has hurt our community for too long, if you care this may be your only chance to really stand up and make change happen.

Our demands:
1. We ask the CEO of the Fraser Coast Council to resign immediately.
2. Should this not happen we ask the council to pass a resolution in open chambers requesting the resignation of the CEO.
3. If not passed or CEO does not resign, we request the Mayor to use his powers to sack the CEO.
4. If this doesn’t happen immediately we request Deputy Premier Jackie Trad to sack the entire council, appoint an administrator, sack the CEO and call fresh elections for March 2017.

This rally is just prior to the council meeting starting with Public Participation at 9am, please stay and make your voice heard if you can.

Thank you for caring about our region and I urge you to make sure you attend and bring friends so we can make our voice powerful as one.

Michael Weekes & Jannean Dean
Rally Organisers
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Battle for Wide Bay: Can candidates improve life expectancy?

GLT candidate Jannean Dean said everybody’s quality of life needed to be improved and that would increase life expectancy in the regions.

“If you have a disability or can’t find a job, you can claim a disability support pension, senior pension or newstart allowance and contrary to what others say, they would have us believe these benefits are plenty of money to support a gambling habit, nicotine addiction and some pretty serious alcoholic tendencies, that’s far from reality,” she said.

“This cash certainly isn’t enough to pay for things like medication, wheelchairs, disability aids, taxis to get to medical appointments or food to keep you nourished.”

Click here for Gympie Times article 23rd June 2016

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Wide Bay candidates talk about marriage equality and the Rattler

Marriage Equality

Ms Dean said a full conscience vote was needed on the issue in both houses of Parliament “and not undertaking a plebiscite which would cost $160 million, divide communities and take funds away from important services such as mental healthcare and suicide prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth”.

Rattler

Ms Dean said the Glen Lazarus Team fully supported getting the Rattler back on track.

“The reality will be if the government doesn’t support the proposal to get the Rattler back and running, the government will be left with a rail corridor and a number of assets from Gympie through to the Mary Valley that they will have to be maintained and or other decisions will need to be made. This is a significant attraction for Gympie, the Sunshine Coast and the Mary Valley,” she said.

Click here for Gympie Times article 22nd June 2016

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Battle for Wide Bay: 4 candidates have their say on TAFE and university opportunities in Gympie

The Glenn Lazarus Team is opposed to cuts to the TAFE system and advocates for the availability of TAFE courses particularly in regional and remote areas of the country. The Glenn Lazarus Team also advocates for affordable higher education courses to ensure they are available to all.

The Wide Bay is desperate for apprenticeships and traineeships and we believe without a strong, consistent supply of apprentices, Australia’s economic performance would be placed at risk. Boosting the quality of apprenticeships and vocational training, so they represent a pathway to skilled employment, not only helps those wanting to kick start their careers, but also wider economic growth.

The greatest investment a nation can make is in its people. Nations that invest in their people through education create social cohesion, innovation, positive communities and strong forward thinking economies.

We believe education should be available to all.

We believe the Australian Government has an important role to play in supporting the delivery of a world class higher education system which encourages participation and enables fair access by all.

We stand against the deregulation of university fees and believe a national approach to Australia’s educational curriculum; one that enriches our people while celebrating and advancing our great nation; and the delivery of additional assistance to regional and rural Australia and other priority areas.

 

Click here for Gympie Times Article 27th June 2016

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Wide Bay candidates talk border security and halting ‘brain drain’

Border Security

Border protection is paramount and our military and peace keeping personnel must be maintained at minimum levels. Appropriate support needs to be provided to military and peace keeping personnel both during service and in retirement to ensure they are given the acknowledgement, respect and assistance they deserve.

Defence procurement must ensure all equipment, machinery, products, vessels, vehicles and other items are designed and manufactured in Australia. National security must never be compromised by the opportunity to secure cheaper items overseas and decisions regarding Australia’s involvement in war must be considered by the Parliament of Australia.

Our defence personnel and their families need to be supported while serving and during post service to ensure they are respected and supported.  Gold cards should be available for all defence personnel who have experienced war like conditions – no ifs or buts and Veterans Affairs needs a complete overhaul.

Brain Drain

We need to look at send the entirety of Departments to regional areas and we need to look at all the demographics of the rural communities and possibly put the Mining Department where he mines are or put Heritage Department in Maryborough, put Tourism Department in the another location. Put agriculture where it is mostly needed, in the Wide Bay. Fisheries could go to another region and so on.

We should not be keeping them in the congested cities and kids and families have to continuously move to find work instead of living in the areas where they love and could thrive. With current technology there is no reason for these Departments to be in the Major Cities – it’s not as if we can just go in and make an appointment.

Glenn Lazarus Team believe job creation is of the utmost importance in regional areas. And it wouldn’t it be great if all call centres in Australia are located in all regional areas across Australia. Big business like Telstra, Optus, banks etc should all be required to hire Australians.  Australian Government tenders awarded to overseas companies should be brought back on to shore immediately to provide Australian jobs for Australian workers.

Click here for Gympie Times Article 30th June 2016

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ABC radio live debate

ABC Live Debate

You can view the full Wide Bay electorate debate here: Live Debate

Jannean Dean – Glenn Lazarus Team, Elise Cottam – One Nation, Scott Lamond – ABC, Llew O’Brien – LNP, Bruce Mayer – Family First, Barry Cook – Katter Party

Bron Marsh – Greens sent apology unwell. Lucy Stanton – ALP sent apology commitments in electorate.

 

Tomorrow (June 30) from 8.30am join ABC again for the Hinkler electorate debate – 100.1FM, 855AM and again on Facebook Live.

Click for Hinkler Live Debate 8:30am

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Meet your federal candidates for the Wide Bay

Here’s your Wide Bay candidates and why they think you should vote for them.

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Bruce Mayer, Family First

I’M STANDING to provide the opportunity for a sensible alternative to the major parties.

I have serious concerns about the economy and what it will mean for our kids and grandchildren if we do not act now.


Removing barriers to gaining a job, workers should have the right to work under terms and conditions that suit them, not terms and conditions dictated to them by government.

Youth unemployment is a huge problem, and no government should stand in the way of a young person wanting and gaining a job and experience.

Importantly in the Senate we need parties like Family First who review sensibly what the major parties try to impose on us.

Llew O’Brien, Liberal National Party

LLEW O’Brien is committed to providing effective representation to deliver results.

Creating jobs and strengthening the economy are priorities for Llew and the Liberal Nationals Coalition Government.

The Coalition will deliver a dedicated and targeted $20 million Wide Bay Burnett Jobs Package, to lift investment, boost productivity, grow our region’s economy and create local jobs.

Upgrading the Bruce Hwy is a priority, including rebuilding the Tinana interchange and improving flood immunity at Tiaro and Aldershot.

Llew and the Coalition will support jobs and ensure that every local family, household and business has the opportunity to share in our nation’s prosperity.

Elise Cottam, One Nation

WHY should people vote for me – because it’s easy to find problems but listening to people is the key to finding the solutions.

We need to stand together as one nation. Divided as we are now, falling apart and fed up, we need a leader that is for the people!

If elected by you I will lead by example, hands on, motivated and will not get your hopes up on empty promises. Transparent and accountable.

Essential services, better tax systems, energy-efficient electorate, pensioners, families and our youth are vital to small businesses and communities. Supporting farmers and protecting our water.

Your Choice, A vote for Elise Cottam One Nation is set to make for a brighter, buzzing Wide Bay for all of Australia to see.

Thanking you in advance Wide Bay.

Lucy Stanton, Labor

ENVIRONMENT. Protection for the Great Sandy Strait, Mary River, Noosa River and lakes. Jobs in ecotourism and many more jobs when we stop netting so recreational fishing can improve.

Education. Children educated at school according to their needs, better access to university and TAFE courses, better jobs from a great start in life.

Internet. NBN rollout using fibre-optic technology for lightning-fast internet access, not Turnbull’s outdated copper cabling solution. Future jobs in the digital economy.

Health and aged care. Proper Medicare so you can visit a doctor without worrying about costs. Healthy communities benefit everyone and provide jobs caring for others.

Jannean Dean, Glenn Lazarus Team

OVER the past 18 months I have listened to the people, consulted with the people on all things that matter to them and more importantly served the people.

Unlike many others who come and go at election time I have remained constant and committed to campaign promises and continue to bring about positive change.

I consider the smaller communities in the Wide Bay just as important as the bigger ones and will not ignore the issues they face daily.

I will not play party politics nor will I hesitate to cross the floor.

It would be wonderful for the people of Wide Bay to vote for me because I lead by example and demonstrated I am a strong community advocate, seven days a week and spend my own savings boosting the economy by investing in small business for services.

I travel to where I am needed and follow through.

Barry Cook, Katter’s Australia Party

ALL I CAN say is listen to Alan Jones’s interview with Bob Katter on June 20 2GB radio and his discussion with Alan about the sale of Australia’s strategic farming asset to foreign owners.

Only to have Penny Wong say if they get in power the Labor government would make it easier for foreign investment.

It seems government clearly doesn’t know the difference between ownership and investment.

Australia is not for sale. Wake up Australia.

Bron Marsh, The Greens

I AM PASSIONATE about protecting the natural environment, ground and surface water quality, and agricultural land in the Wide Bay, as well as the mental health of returned soldiers and farmers.

I am currently a volunteer firefighter, a Rapid Response volunteer for the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps Overwatch group, the convener of the Cooloola Community Action Group and full-time mother.

I am passionate about protecting the natural environment, ground and surface water quality and agricultural land in the Wide Bay for the food and water security of future generations, not only in our area, but for the food security of our nation.

Click for Fraser Coast Chronicle Article

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