Queensland Law Society

Legal policy submissions and public hearings

QLS consults with policy committees, members and other stakeholders on law reform. We regularly invite these stakeholders to provide comment for submissions to parliamentary committees.

Recent policy submissions include:

Criminal law
On 11 September 2018, the QLS Criminal Law Committee wrote a response to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee about the Criminal Code (Non-consensual Sharing of Intimate Images) Amendment Bill 2018.

On 19 September 2018, the QLS Criminal Law Committee wrote a letter to the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice about a lack of consultation between parliamentary committees and QLS in recent legislative reforms.

General advocacy
On 14 September 2018, QLS, with the assistance of various legal policy committees, wrote a response to the inquiries into the My Health Record system & My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018.

Parliamentary Committee Public Hearings

On 17 September 2018, QLS President Ken Taylor, Chair of the QLS Not-for-Profit Law Committee Andrew Lind, member of the QLS Reconciliation and First Nations Advancement Committee Ivan Ingram, and Principal Policy Solicitor Wendy Devine appeared before the Economics and Governance Committee on the Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018.

QLS raised concerns about proposed amendments and their practical effects on charities in Queensland. We also recommended further consultation ahead of significant amendments to the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 and the Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003. QLS supported the proposed amendments to expand the transfer duty framework for econveyancing in Queensland. Our submission on the Bill is available here.