People 'must have say on civil unions'
QUEENSLAND Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has called for public submissions, committee scrutiny and a conscience vote if the government plans to repeal the civil union legislation.
She said the LNP government's plan to bypass the committee system was "a disgraceful avoidance of proper scrutiny" and any plans to amend or scrap the Civil Partnership Act should be tested properly.
"On this issue it is essential proper processes be followed and the people of Queensland have their say, especially those whose lives will be directly affected," she said.
"He has no basis to claim amending legislation should avoid proper scrutiny in the way he blatantly ignored proper procedures for other major bills last week.
"(Campbell) Newman must not play politics with people's lives and he must not hide behind his large majority in parliament to continue to avoid scrutiny of his actions."
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie is expected to recommend to Cabinet in coming weeks that the civil union laws passed this year by the former government be scrapped.