QLS says referral of controversial Bill to sack Ipswich City Council to committee a wise and necessary step
The state government’s decision to refer the draft Bill to dismiss Ipswich City Council to committee was a necessary one to ensure the public had faith in the proper process on introduction of new laws, according to Queensland Law Society.
Society President Ken Taylor on Tuesday (Feb 17) welcomed Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe’s announcement the draft Bill would be sent to the Economic and Governance Committee for consideration rather than to the Parliament without review.
“QLS is heartened to see the minister will now have the proposed Bill considered by committee,” Mr Taylor said.
The government’s decision comes more than a week after QLS wrote to Mr Hinchliffe asking him to make it clear why the newly enacted legislation was being changed or altered before a decision could be made by a Supreme Court judge.
“The minister has already implemented new laws to deal with this issue and QLS was deeply concerned that he was trying to change the laws again as a response to the Ipswich City Council exercising its legal right to test those initial laws before the courts,’’ Mr Taylor said.
“The proper process of introducing laws is to refer the Bill to a Parliamentary Committee for an inquiry, unless it’s declared as urgent," Mr Taylor said.
“We are delighted to see that common sense has prevailed and the Bill will be referred for further review."
Mr Taylor said QLS would make itself available to consult on the proposed Bill.
“We are keen to ensure the process of enacting any laws in Queensland respects fundamental legislative principles and has sufficient regard for the institution of Parliament and our courts."
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