First public hearing for 2015 to be held in Brisbane on Wednesday 4th February 2015

Palmer United Senator for Queensland and Leader of Palmer United in the Senate, Glenn Lazarus, today released information regarding the first of several public hearings to be held in 2015 for the Senate Inquiry into aspects of the Queensland Government Administration.

Senator Lazarus is the Chairman of the Senate Inquiry and the spokesperson for the Inquiry Committee.

“Despite Queensland State Government election results on the weekend, the Senate Inquiry is still moving forward and will continue to deal with hundreds of submissions which have been received from people and organizations across Queensland,” Senator Glenn Lazarus said.

“The Senate Inquiry is giving Queenslanders a voice and the opportunity to have their issues heard under Parliamentary Privilege.

“It is imperative that every submission is considered and people are heard.

“Many submissions allege corruption and poor and questionable decision making by the Newman Government, which has hurt everyday Queenslanders.

“These issues need to be ventilated so they can be addressed.

“It is more important than ever, now the Newman Government has been voted out, that the new incoming Government is made aware of these issues so they can be fixed.

“The issues being uncovered by the Senate Inquiry are shedding light on the questionable actions of the Newman Government and will assist the incoming Government to put in place measures to prevent these types of issues ever happening again.

“To date, several hearings have been held. The first hearing for 2015 will be held on Wednesday in Brisbane.

“The Inquiry forums are public forums and members of the community are able to attend.

“Members of the community and organizations who have lodged submissions as well as others who have expressed a desire to raise issues at public hearings have been invited to participate in the public hearing on Wednesday.

“Wednesday’s hearing in Brisbane will cover environmental, human rights and legal issues and issues surrounding Queensland Government decision making in relation to major projects.

“I strongly urge all media to attend to cover the hearing also.

“A further hearing for Cairns is scheduled for Thursday.

“Further information regarding the Senate Inquiry can be found at www.aph.gov.au/qga.”

HEARING DETAILS

Date: Wednesday 4 February

Time: 9am – 3.30pm

Location: Wills and Leichardt Room
Mercure Brisbane
85 – 87 North Quay
Brisbane

9.00am – 9.45am
The Australia Institute
Submission 163, Submission 74 (Published)

9.45am – 10.30am
Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation
Submission 160, Submission 54 (Part Published)

10.30am – 10.45am
Break

10.45am – 11.30am
Dr Chris McGrath
Submission 228

11.30am – 12.15pm
World Wildlife Fund
Submission 239

12.15pm – 1.00pm
Break

1.00pm – 1.45pm
Australian Marine Conservation Society
Submission 195

1.45pm – 2.30pm
Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union
Submission 185

2.30pm – 2.45pm
Break

2.45pm – 3.30pm
Save the Reef
Submission 192

ENDS