LNP calls for more seats in parliament

QUEENSLAND parliament will debate for the third time a plan to add four more electorates.

Shadow attorney-general Ian Walker on Tuesday introduced a bill to expand the size of the Queensland parliament from 89 to 93.

It is the third bill calling for parliament to be increased in size that has been debated in parliament after being introduced by the LNP or Katter's Australian Party.

The previous two have been voted down.

Former Labor MP Rob Pyne voted with the Opposition and the KAP to allow the bill to be introduced to parliament and for the Redistribution Commission that will review it to be expanded.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said the proposed bill would disadvantage people living in the south-east corner who already had more people in their electorates.

She said, if passed, the bill would delay redistribution until after the next election. She said that would leave some south-eastern voters with less of a say at the next election.

"To delay a redistribution is to say to the people of south-east Queensland who are in those seats that are well above quota that their vote is going to count less at the next election," she said.

She said the LNP was prioritising "jobs for politicians" over "jobs for Queenslanders".

But KAP leader Robbie Katter said the bill was vital for continued representation in regional Queensland as well as the south-east.

Mr Katter said the bill would allow more seats to be added into metropolitan areas but not at the expense of rural electorates.

"This doesn't expand our powerbase. The extra seats just allow Brisbane people to get better representation without costing us," he said.

The bill is expected to be debated on Thursday. 


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