Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg.
Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg. Derek Barry

Springborg could head PCCC says Nicholls

MEMBER for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg has been nominated to head the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee.

Traditionally chaired by an Opposition member, the nomination comes as the Liberal Party vows to hold Labor to account for abandoning the Fitzgerald principles it promised to honour.

"It would be an honour to do this, (the committee) is one of the important things to come from Fitzgerald Inquiry process to ensure the appropriate oversight of the Parliamentary process," Mr Springborg said.

"I was actually chair of a Parliamentary committee about making process more robust which in 2010 made the recommendation that the Opposition chaired this critical committee.

"It hasn't gone before Parliament yet but I thank Tim Nicholls for his consideration and just hope Labor doesn't play silly political games with the decision."

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said Mr Springborg indicated his preference to serve as Chair of the Committee, and that he was pleased to be able to meet the request.

"The Palaszczuk Labor Government's actions to strip away voters' rights and appoint magistrates without any consultation show it has walked away from the honesty and integrity it promised Queenslanders at the last election," he said.

"As the longest serving Member of Parliament, Lawrence is a great fit and has demonstrated honesty and integrity of the highest standard during his service to the people of Queensland.

"Lawrence will ensure that, as the Parliamentary oversight body for the Crime and Corruption Commission, the Committee adheres to the principles the landmark Fitzgerald report.

"He will make (Labor) accountable for throwing out two of the four fundamental principles the now Premier signed up to just 15 months ago when it went to the last election."


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