The independent tribunes are a crucial part of the independence agenda, said David Cairns, a former minister for the environment.
“They have to be seen as an independent check on the government and their independence is the foundation of their mandate,” Mr Cairn said.
He said the Independent Tribunes were also crucial in protecting the environment, and are critical to protecting people’s health and safety.
They are also the only ones able to challenge government decisions in the courts, as opposed to Parliament, which is the last place the government needs them.
It’s not only the Independent Tribunes that can make a difference, he said.
“I can think of no other way to describe the Independent Trustees.”
The Independent Tribune of Queensland also has the power to remove the independent commissioner for health, the independent chair of the Health and Disability Review Panel and the independent member for the electorate of Mount Isa, Mr Cairs said.
The independent commissioner is a person appointed by the independent government to ensure that health services and other matters are in line with the national health and wellbeing framework.
The independent chair is the independent representative of the members of the health and disability review panel who are appointed by governments and other bodies, and who is charged with making recommendations to government.
Mr Cairs, who was chief executive of the Independent Independent Tractors for 15 years, said he was disappointed the Independent Commission Against Corruption didn’t put the independent tribunals in place.
I would hope that there would be a mechanism in place so that there’s accountability for what’s going on in government, particularly the Independent Commissioners for Health and Wellbeing,” he said, referring to the independent commission for health.
Mr Cairs said the independent tribunal would not be able to appoint independent commissioners without the approval of the Minister for the Crown.””
I would expect a referral to the Queensland Police, which has jurisdiction over those matters, as well as the Queensland Independent Commissioner and that would put them in touch with the Queensland Government,” he added.
Mr Cairs said the independent tribunal would not be able to appoint independent commissioners without the approval of the Minister for the Crown.
“That would be very difficult,” he suggested.
While the independent tribunals would not have a say in the appointment of commissioners, Mr Collins said the tribunal could call for commissioners to be appointed from within the existing independent commission, and could then use that as a basis for recommending commissioners.
Independent commissioners can also seek to be independent from the ICHB, ICENR or any other independent body, but the Independent commissioners will not be elected by the Independent Council.
A Queensland Independent Commission for the Environmental Protection (QCEEP) independent commissioner was appointed in October.
But the independent commissions are not independent from parliament, Mr Kaldas said.