Independents vote very important

INDEPENDENT Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham knows all too well the role and responsibility Independents play in hung parliaments.

Ms Cunningham had the balance of power in the Queensland Parliament six months after she was elected. This was due to the by-election in the State seat of Mundingburra after the results from the 1995 election were declared void.

“The wooing involves the major parties, usually the leader, talking about what their proposals are,” she said.

Ms Cunningham said there were commentators, as there are now, suggesting a return to the polls during the 1995/96 State issue.

“I think that is an insult to the voters,” she said.

“Because on Saturday people made their choice and the elected members have to make it work.

“It’s not for the elected members to say ‘we didn’t like what you did so go and do it again’. The pollies who have been elected need to get on with the job.”

Ms Cunningham said one of the responsibilities of the Independents was to be across all legislation, especially when they had the balance of power, as their vote makes the difference.

“It’s a lot of extra work,” she said.

“I was up to three and four in the morning getting across the legislation for the next day.”

Ms Cunningham said it was very rewarding.

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