22 April 2016
Media Release: Unprecedented Assault on Democracy and Freedom of Political Communication.
The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance today condemned the Queensland government for an unconstitutional breach of freedom of political communication and an assault on representative democracy. This follows a statement by Queensland Legislative Assembly Speaker The Hon Peter Wellington that the QLD Parliament has blocked all emails in support of ridesharing from being delivered to Queensland MPs.
“The unprecedented decision by the Queensland Legislative Assembly to block Queenslanders from contacting their elected representatives is an assault on the very principles of representative democracy” said Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance.
“To prevent constituents from contacting their MP in support of a policy is an absolute disgrace. These actions demonstrate the hubris of the Queensland government, and the contempt in which they hold the people of Queensland. In addition, this is a flagrant violation of the Constitutional provisions on freedom of political communication and would be successfully challenged in the High Court – at great expense to QLD taxpayers.
[caption id="attachment_3791" align="alignright" width="300"] From Mr Jim Pearce MP himself[/caption]
“In a statement to the Legislative Assembly, Jim Pearce MP, Member for Mirani said he did not want to hear from his constituents because he “was trying to have a bit of relaxation” while in the Chamber. If Mr Pearce wants to “have a bit of relaxation” and not be bothered the residents of his electorate, he should find another line of work – a decision the voters in his electorate will be happy to make for him at the next election.
“This is the latest example this week of policymaking on the run by the QLD government descending into farce. From rejecting the calls of consumers to open up ridesharing to accidentally making hire cars and buses illegal, to now refusing to listen to the concerns of their voters, the QLD government has demonstrated itself unfit to govern.
“Today’s unconstitutional and undemocratic actions have cemented the Queensland’s government as an international laughing stock. They should apologise and remove the ban before any further damage is done”
Tim Andrews Executive Director Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance
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