Working with the community
Performing many different roles, the role of a Member of Parliament (MP) is a multi-functional one. Deb has a responsibility in three primary capacities:
Some Members also work on parliamentary committees, which examine the government’s actions in detail and recommend alternative ways of doing things. Up to 19 of the 89 Members may be Ministers. The Chief Minister and Leader of the Government is the Premier.
As the representative of all the constituents in our electorate, the responsbilities of an MP and their electorate office staff can be quite varied. This role involves:
To meet these responsibilities, local Members need to be active in their electorates to keep in touch with what is happening and to get to know constituents’ views and problems. Members must also give constituents help and advice, communicate the needs of their region to the government, and promote their policies to the community.
Members provide a direct link between their constituents and the Parliament, and members in large electorates can spend a lot of time travelling within their electorate. Each member has an office in their electorate, and those with large electorates may even have two. Deb's Electorate Office is located in Kingaroy, Shop 2/36 Alford Street. Quite often, Deb also runs Mobile Offices throughout the Nanango Electorate.
Constituents often bring their concerns to their local member of parliament. Personal intervention in a constituent matter by a Member may result in priority attention from government departments. If a matter is particularly urgent or serious, the Member may approach the relevant Minister directly, or may even bring the matter before the Parliament by asking a question of the responsible Minister. The Member may also sponsor a petition about the issue in question.
Members’ parliamentary functions include:
Participating in general debates in the Chamber is a major parliamentary occupation. Members regularly speak either in support of, or in opposition to, a piece of legislation. In Parliament, Members may also address constituent concerns during debates, ask questions of Ministers during Question Time and work to create or amend laws. They may also seek to have matters referred to a parliamentary committee for investigation.
Most Members of Parliament belong to a political party, and are expected to contribute to the development and amendment of the policies of their party. Deb is a member of the LNP. As a member of a political party (with the exception of Independents) MPs attend parliamentary party meetings. These meetings involve:
In their electorates, their party responsibilities include:
The Parliament website contains detailed information about many aspects of the role of the State Government and I would encourage you to read more at this site.