Government says no plan for dismissal law 'at this stage'
DEB Frecklington has joined the chorus of voices calling for the State Government to act and dismiss the Ipswich City Council.
In her strongest comments yet, the LNP leader slammed the Palaszczuk Government amid rumours it could recall parliament to deal with the council.
This week Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller said additional power to dismiss the council could be introduced.
The Queensland Parliament is not due to sit again until August 21 and the council has challenged Minister Stirling Hinchliffe's two show-cause notices.
Ms Frecklington demanded answers to how the government would deal with the council after Mr Hinchliffe acknowledged he would not act before July 31.
"We now have a Labor MP indicating parliament may have to be recalled early to introduce more legislation to sort out the mess that is the Labor Party in Ipswich," Ms Frecklington said.
"This has descended into farce and it is the people of Ipswich and Queensland taxpayers who are paying for Labor's incompetency.
"Annastacia Palaszczuk didn't act when first informed of this alleged corruption and now looks like she wants three cracks to try and get the legislation right. It is a joke.
"It is either incompetence or the Premier just doesn't want to deal with alleged corruption in her own back yard."
A spokesman for the government said there were "no plans" to recall parliament.
Responding to whether the government would introduce new legislation to dismiss the council the spokesman said "not at this stage".
"Taxpayers are already being slugged to defend the ratepayer-funded court action by Labor's Ipswich City Council," Ms Frecklington said.
The increased pressure comes as Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller sharpens her attack on the council and her government colleagues.
"I believe it's time for our Labor government to bring in a bill that will basically put the shenanigans in Ipswich to bed," she said on ABC radio.
"The people of Ipswich have viewed the Labor Party with disdain over this issue now.
"The people of Ipswich are throwing their arms up in the air and saying, what do we need to do to be able to get some situation whereby this is stopping?"