24 November 2013 9:53 PM

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The Queensland premier has dismissed calls for the reintroduction of an upper house amid claims his government has scant regard for democracy.

The government last week sacked the entire parliamentary committee that oversees Queensland's corruption watchdog, accusing it of bias.

Critics say the government is attacking the committee system of checks and balances, which was put in place after the landmark Fitzgerald corruption inquiry.

Independent MP Peter Wellington, who served on the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee (CMC), says it was sacked because it was close to exposing corruption.

But Premier Campbell Newman says there's no mood in the electorate for that.

He says it's not something that came up when 70,000 Queenslanders had their say on a long-term plan for the state.

"The one thing they're not raising is the need for more politicians," Mr Newman told ABC radio.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney agrees, and says the government was right to sack the committee.

Government MPs now hold four of the seven places on the new committee, including the chair.

"I think it's understandable that Peter Wellington is embarrassed that he was part of a process that became corrupted and tainted," Mr Seeney told the ABC on Monday.

Tony Fitzgerald QC, who led the state's landmark corruption inquiry from 1987 to 1989, has accused the Newman government of using its huge parliamentary majority to extend its influence by making partisan appointments to public office.

The former judge said the political environment in Queensland was looking just like it did when he headed the inquiry 25 years ago, when then premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen would dismiss voters and journalists' questions with "don't you worry about that".

"For what it's worth, my impression is that most Queenslanders don't want to revisit the dark days of political caprice and corruption and 'don't you worry about that'," Mr Fitzgerald said.


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