Nationals Senator Matt Canavan says the introduction of new election rules by the Palaszczuk government was an “indefensible” attempt to “distort the democratic decision making of Queenslanders”. Under the new legislation a party candidate cannot spend over $57,000, an independent cannot spend over $87,000, parties can spend $92,000 per seat and unions or third parties can spend $87,000 per seat. The ALP have given unions a combined $1.7 million spending budget per seat while limiting the spending of the LNP, Nationals and other groups with no union connections, to $149,000. Mr Canavan said “it can only be described as a giant 'gerrymander' rort ... and it is the second time in a row this has happened”. “Before the last election the then Queensland government rushed through legislation to re-impose compulsory preferential voting on the public”. “They did so blatantly to bias the election towards themselves because they relied heavily on Green preferences to be re-elected”. “There is no upper house in Queensland so the electoral laws being mucked around with here are being done so without any checks and balances and without any oversight by an elected government that has a conflict of interest in wanting to get re-elected”. Image: News Corp Australia
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