Queensland Law Society

Public hearings

On Monday 25 March 2019, QLS representatives and committee members appeared at two public hearings.

The first was before the parliamentary Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee on the Criminal Code and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 and Criminal Code and Other Legislation (Mason Jett Lee) Amendment Bill 2019.

The Society raised concerns with both the first Government Bill and the second Private Member’s Bill. Concerns included widening the definition of murder to include death caused by reckless indifference to human life, including a failure to provide the necessaries of life, in the sentencing framework for the serious violent offender regime, the creation of the new child homicide offence and the proposed mandatory sentencing for child homicide.

The second was before the parliamentary State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee on the Natural Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019. The Society recommended that the proposed dispute resolution processes for Land Act 1994 disputes reflect, as far as possible, the Commercial Arbitration Act 2013 framework. The Society also raised concerns about amendments to the resources Acts, which would allow the Minister to unilaterally amend or remove certain conditions of an existing permit as a result of an exceptional event.

Read more about the issues raised in each submission.