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News from Queensland

Allan Ardill

Amid the turmoil of thousands of redundancies, cuts to everything from legal services to health services, a refusal to grant pay increases above 2.2 per cent for government employees other than police, a review of the Crime and Misconduct Commission, the LNP government claimed it 
was powerless to avoid a Parliamentarian pay rise that would have seen the Premier paid an additional $118 000 and 
back-benchers an extra $57 000 a year. The government backed away from the scandal with the return of the Premier from overseas. Prior to this the government had adopted a decision of the Remuneration Tribunal, which ruled the former Bligh government’s 2009 freeze on MP salaries was unlawful.

In other news, former Court of Appeal Justice Margaret White has commenced an inquiry into Queensland’s racing industry. In her opening remarks on 15 July 2013 she pointed out how it has been marred by controversy for decades. The inquiry will focus on activities between 2007 and 2012 and recommendations are expected by September 2013.

ALLAN ARDILL teaches law at Griffith Law School.
(2013) 38(3) AltLJ 195
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