LNP branches push for longer Qld Parliament term

A PUSH from the Burnett and Hinkler LNP branches for a four-year State Government term looks likely to get widespread support at the party's state convention.

At the Liberal National Party conference that runs from Friday to Sunday, the state and federal electorate branches will put forward a motion for the Queensland parliamentary term to be extended by a year.

The branches cover Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and surrounding areas and want elections to be held on the last Saturday of May every fourth year.

The proposal for a longer term already has the state parliamentary party's support, with the LNP having already given a commitment that it would conduct a referendum on fixed four-year parliamentary terms.

It is one of more than 50 resolutions the branches, Young LNP, LNP Women and parliamentary standing committee have put forward for debate.

The Burnett branch will also put forward a motion for an LNP government to support a reduction in electricity service fees.

The state parliamentary party said it had already committed to establishing an all-party inquiry into electricity pricing if returned to government.

They said the branch's suggestion could be considered by the inquiry, but any change to service fees could impact another aspect of electricity bills, such as tariffs.

Every component of the electricity bill should be considered before change is adopted, the state parliamentary party said.

Other branches' motions include confiscating mobile phones from drivers not using appropriate hands-free equipment; and developing a public education strategy explaining the LNP's philosophy, goals and achievements.

LNP agenda chair Sue Quinn (CORRECT) wrote in the conference report that the resolutions showed members were keen to improve the party as well as criticise.

She said the convention, which Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg will attend, provided for "grassroots members" to have their say.

- APN NEWSDESK



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