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.

Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
On 13 November 2018, the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, Dr Steven Miles MP, introduced the Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018. The objectives of the Bill, as identified in the explanatory notes, are to:

  • repeal 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
  • amend 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
  • amend the Radiation Safety Act 1999 to provide that certain persons are deemed to have a use or transport licence
  • amend 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
  • amend 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
  • amend 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 2 January 2019.

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
On 15 November 2018, the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Yvette D’Ath, introduced the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 in Queensland Parliament. The objectives of the Bill, as stated in the explanatory notes, are to:

  • amend the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2009 (QCAT Act) to implement conclusions from the ‘Report on the Review of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2009’ that aims to improve the operational efficiency of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal to better achieve the objects of the QCAT Act
  • amend the QCAT Act, Fair Trading Act 1989 and Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Act 2014 to implement the Government’s commitment to improve fairness and provide greater rights for Queenslanders who are buying a vehicle and address recommendation 7 of the report ‘Lemon Laws – An inquiry into consumer protections and remedies for buyers of new motor vehicles’, prepared by the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee.

Please provide your feedback before COB Friday 4 January 2019.

Mineral Resources (Galilee Basin) Amendment Bill 2018
On 31 October 2018, the Member for Maiwar, Michael Berkman MP, introduced the Mineral Resources (Galilee Basin) Amendment Bill 2018 into the Queensland Parliament.

The explanatory notes outline that the objective of the Bill is to contribute to Australia’s commitments to pursue efforts to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees (above pre-industrial levels) by 2100, by preventing any coal mining in the Galilee Basin.

To achieve its policy objectives, the Bill will amend the Mineral Resources Act 1989 to stop all coal mining in the Galilee Basin. The Bill:

  • prohibits the grant of a coal mining lease for land in the Galilee Basin
  • terminates any existing coal mining leases for land in the Galilee Basin
  • amends any existing coal mining leases which overlap with land in the Galilee Basin to exclude that land
  • confirms that no compensation is payable to the mining lease holders affected by the Bill
  • requires the mines minister to table a report in the Legislative Assembly summarising the actions taken under the provisions of the Bill.

Please provide your feedback before COB Friday 25 January 2019.