ALLAN ARDILL teaches law at Griffith Law School.
Following a swing of 18.5 per cent away from the Liberal National Party (‘LNP’) government in the July 2014 Stafford by-election the Premier flagged policy changes. Among these was a return to bi-partisan appointment of the Chair of the Crime and Corruption Commission (‘CCC’), abandoning bikie-only prisons under the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act, and parliamentary estimates committees no longer to be held simultaneously.
The LNP still enjoys a considerable majority with Labor now holding just nine of the 89 seats. The by-election was the first to apply LNP amendments to the Electoral Act 1992. Among the new laws was the requirement for voters to provide identification under s 107(3). The changes also saw the lifting of political donation disclosure from $1000 to $12 400 under s 201A Electoral Act 1992.
- Category: DUAO - 2014 - Vol 39(3)