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Qld mayors to be suspended under new laws

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May 17, 2018

Queensland Local Government amendments will give Minister Stirling Hinchliffe greater powers.

A series of reforms aimed at stamping out corruption within Queensland councils is expected to pass state parliament after a third straight day of debate.

The reforms proposed by the Labor government on the back of an ongoing Crime and Corruption Commission probe into misconduct at local government level has dominated the parliamentary sitting week, which ends on Thursday.

Labor has the numbers to pass the new legislation, part of which would give Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe more powers to dismiss councillors charged with corruption or integrity offences.

It comes after Mr Hinchliffe issued a show-cause notice to the Ipswich City councillors a fortnight ago warning they would be sacked after continued corruption allegations against the council.

Mayors from Logan and Fraser Coast have also been charged by the CCC over misconduct offences.

Amid the ongoing debate, the Liberal National Party says it will vote against a clamp down on donations from property developers to political parties.

Greens MP Michael Berkman is also against the proposal but he says Labor's mooted ban doesn't go far enough.

Mr Berkman said donations should also extend to individuals and unions.

"We need to see a cap on all political donations, a cap on all election spending, so that Queenslanders can have faith they're being put front and centre."

Other measures in the reforms include a code of conduct for councillors that would bring them into line with MPs and government staffers, and a councillor conduct tribunal to hear and rule on misconduct allegations.

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