Queensland Law Society

Parliamentary wrap-up 44/2016

Last week was a big one in Queensland Parliament, with some historic legislation passed amidst the usual political shenanigans.

Most notably, the Youth Justice and Other Legislation (Inclusion of 17-year-old Persons) Amendment Bill 2016 was passed in a vote which split the two members of the Katter’s Australian Party (Robbie Katter backing the Bill and Shane Knuth siding with the Opposition opposing).

QLS president Bill Potts celebrated the passage of the Bill after welcoming its introduction and supporting its passage in submissions. QLS had raised this issue in its 2015 State Election Call to Parties and has been actively calling for this reform for some time.

Also notable was the passing of the Adoption and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, which made a number of changes to the scope and procedures in the adoption framework. QLS was actively involved in the review that led to the reforms and supported the Bill in submissions.

The Major Sports Facilities and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 was also passed with amendments and a debate about renaming Suncorp Stadium as Lang Park or Brisbane Stadium (Lang Park).

The Stock Route Network Management Bill 2016 was introduced to Parliament.

Last week the Parliamentary Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee tabled:

More detailed information on the Bills passed and introduced into Parliament, along with other legislative news, is available in this week's Legislation Update.