Queensland Law Society

Parliamentary wrap-up 48/2016

Two monster sessions of Parliament brought the legislators’ year to a close last week.

One of the highlights was the debate of the week on the Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, which was passed with amendments. QLS president Bill Potts cautiously supported the passing of the legislation after welcoming the original introduction of the Bill. QLS made submissions to the parliamentary committee inquiry on the Bill, appeared at the public hearing and was quoted in the committee’s report.

The Government’s Industrial Relations Bill 2016 was also passed with amendments, including to clause 530 dealing with legal representation. QLS had made submissions to the parliamentary Finance and Administration Committee’s inquiry into the Bill and also appeared at the public hearing.

The Government’s Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 was passed with amendments as was the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority Bill 2016 with amendments.

The Heavy Vehicle National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 was passed with amendments. This Bill was originally introduced on 13 September 2016 but withdrawn on 3 November 2016. The Bill was re-introduced on 3 November 2016 by resolution of the Parliament with a message from the Governor as an appropriation Bill under section 68 of the Constitution of Queensland 2001. The Bill received both Government amendments and Opposition amendments, however amendment 1 introduced by the Opposition was ruled out of order by the Speaker as being an amendment appropriation introduced without the required message from the Governor (Hansard page 4877).

A number of Bills were introduced and referred to relevant committees for inquiry:

See this week’s Legislation Update for more details.