The Senate has voted to establish a Select Committee to inquire into aspects of Queensland government administration.
The motion was moved by Palmer United Party senators and supported by the ALP and Greens. It was carried by 30 votes to 27.
The 5-member Select Committee on Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration will comprise 2 ALP, 1 Green, 1 PUP and 1 Coalition members. The PUP Senate leader, Glenn Lazarus, will chair the committee.
The Committee is required to report by March 27, 2015, around the time the Queensland state election is due.
The Committee is charged with inquiring into Commonwealth funds allocated to Queensland since March 26, 2012, when the LNP government led by Premier Campbell Newman took office. It will investigate judicial independence and the separation of powers, environmental law, the administration of prisons and detention without trial. The Committee will also examine Commonwealth oversight of coal seam gas projects in Queensland. [Read more...]