Queensland Law Society

Latest parliamentary wrap-up

Last week was a busy week in Queensland Parliament with a swathe of legislation coming and going from the House. Debate turned to a number of Government Bills which were passed:

Parliament also considered competing Bills from the Government and Opposition on the topic of smoke alarms. The Government Fire and Emergency Services (Domestic Smoke Alarms) Amendment Bill 2016 was subsequently passed with amendment, while the Opposition’s earlier Fire and Emergency Services (Smoke Alarms) Amendment Bill 2015 was discharged by the Parliament.

The Government also used the session to introduce three new Bills:

  • The Farm Business Debt Mediation Bill 2016, which includes amendments to the Biosecurity Act 2014 to provide a framework for third-party biosecurity accreditation systems and amendments to the Drugs Misuse Act 1986 to allow Queensland growers and researchers to supply certain cannabis seed to persons licensed to cultivate medicinal cannabis under the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 (Cth).
  • The Major Sports Facilities and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, which includes amendments to the Land Act 1994 to provide for the leasing of a functioning non-tidal boundary watercourse or lake.
  • The Industrial Relations Bill 2016, which is to replace the Industrial Relations Act 1999 with a new framework to cover the Queensland and local government sectors and other employment-related matters such as long service leave. Additionally, the Bill amends the Holidays Act 1983 to provide that, from 2017, Easter Sunday will be a public holiday.