Premier Bligh says the flood inquiry will not cause any further delays to state or local body elections.
Premier Bligh says the flood inquiry will not cause any further delays to state or local body elections. Renee Pilcher

Leaders say no more poll delays

GYMPIE Mayor Ron Dyne has not heard anything about it, nor has the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ).

And both Queensland's major party political leaders say they oppose it.

The "it" is a possible second delay to Queensland's state and council elections, if the flood inquiry report is further delayed.

Council elections, previously set for March 31, were delayed until April 28 and the state poll set for March 24 as a result of the flood inquiry opting to hear more evidence.

Reports that the now extended inquiry was already running behind schedule prompted speculation this week that a further extension might be necessary, raising in turn the prospect of further delays in the state and council election dates.

LNP leader Campbell Newman said an extended inquiry "must not be used as an excuse to push back the election".

And Premier Anna Bligh, who originally said voters had a right to know the inquiry's findings before the poll, said she had accepted an inquiry indication that no further extension would be needed.

Cr Dyne and the LGAQ said they had not heard anything to indicate a further delay in the council poll.

Gympie Times


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