22 June 2016
Last week’s four-day Budget sitting was a pressure-cooker in Queensland Parliament. The long sitting concluded after a rowdy debate on youth justice into the early hours of Saturday morning, but not before Bills dealing with electricity, stamp duty for foreign property buyers and a quick salve for a case of mistaken laws were hurried through.
The headline item of the week was the Government’s 2016/17 Budget, which included a myriad of justice initiatives welcomed by QLS.
Following the Budget, the Electricity and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 was passed as well as the Legislation (Declaration) Amendment Bill 2016. This Declaration Bill was described as a technical Bill to correct an administrative error whereby the versions of the Mental Health Act 2016 and Racing Integrity Act 2016 presented for royal assent differed from those passed by the Parliament.
As a part of the Budget package, the Duties and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 was passed to implement certain duty changes, including the additional foreign acquirer duty (AFAD).
QLS welcomed passing of the Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 and Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015. QLS had welcomed the 2016 reforms when announced and made submissions. QLS had also made submissions on the 2015 Bill and our representatives appeared at the public hearing.
During the sitting session a number of Bills were introduced: Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation (National Injury Insurance Scheme) Amendment Bill 2016, Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, and Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016.
For more details, seek this week’s edition of Legislation Update.