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Is it time for the Integrity regime in Queensland to be amended?

Concluding his analysis of the Integrity Commissioner’s advice in ‘Ray Steven’s chicken dance with the truth over Gold Coast Skyride’ (Independent Australia, 3 May 2014), Alex McKean suggests that:

‘It is perhaps a failing of the integrity regime in Queensland that it was not seen as a breach of that broad public trust that Mr Stevens had already been involved in bringing legislation to the House ‒ and voting for it ‒ that would make his pet cable-car project more likely to be approved by changing the objects of the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Qld) and making it more likely to attract investors, and hence more lucrative, by introducing 30 plus 30 year leases for such projects. …

‘It may also be time for the Integrity regime in Queensland to be amended, so it may be able to prevent a development proponent not only from being involved in an application process about a proposal, but also from being involved in any way in changing the law to make that project more likely to be approved and, thus, worth more when the approval is given.’

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