Queensland Law Society

You’re invited to provide feedback – legal policy reform

Practitioners are invited to provide feedback as QLS policy committees prepare the following submissions.

Human Rights Bill 2018
QLS is seeking comments on the Human Rights Bill 2018. The Bill was introduced in Queensland Parliament on Wednesday 31 October 2018.

Please provide your feedback before 9am Friday 23 November 2018.

Justice Legislation (Links to Terrorist Activity) Amendment Bill 2018
On 13 November 2018, the Hon Yvette D’Ath MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, introduced the Justice Legislation (Links to Terrorist Activity) Amendment Bill 2018.

According to the explanatory notes, the Bill amends the Bail Act 1980, the Corrective Services Act 2006, the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 and the Youth Justice Act 1992 to give effect to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) commitment in Queensland.

Please provide your feedback before COB Monday 26 November 2018.

Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
On 13 November 2018, the Hon Dr Steven Miles MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, introduced the Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018. The Bill is available here.

According to the explanatory notes, the Bill:

  • repeals the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Act 2016, and makes consequential amendments to the Health Act 1937, to significantly streamline the regulatory framework for prescribing medicinal cannabis in Queensland
  • amends the Public Health Act 2005 to:
    • establish the Notifiable Dust Lung Disease register and require prescribed medical practitioners to notify the Chief Executive of Queensland Health about cases of notifiable dust lung disease
    • enable the Chief Executive to require a person responsible for causing a pollution event to publish a pollution notice to inform the public of potential risks to public health
    • enable the standard that a person must comply with when manufacturing, selling, supplying or using paint to be prescribed by regulation rather than in the Act.
  • amends the Radiation Safety Act 1999 to provide that certain persons are deemed to have a use or transport licence
  • amends the Transplantation and Anatomy Act 1979 to:
    • clarify the provisions about research that involve removing tissue from adults and children
    • ensure pathology laboratories can access tissue-based products that are necessary for diagnostic and quality control purposes
    • remove the requirement that a post-mortem examination of a body conducted in a hospital only be held in the hospital mortuary.
  • amends the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 2003, the Coroners Act 2003 and the Cremations Act 2003 to enable human body parts used at a school of anatomy for the study and practice of anatomy to be lawfully cremated without a corresponding death certificate or the approval of an independent doctor
  • amends the Retirement Villages Act 1999 to clarify a recent amendment in relation to timely payment of exit entitlements at retirement villages and make associated amendments to the Duties Act 2001.

Please provide your feedback before COB Wednesday 28 November 2018.