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.

Inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care

On 14 November 2018, the Legislative Assembly referred an inquiry to the committee with the following terms of reference:

  • That the Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee inquire into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care and report to the Legislative Assembly on:
  • the delivery of aged care, end-of-life and palliative care in Queensland across the health and ageing service systems
  • Queensland community and relevant health practitioners’ views on the desirability of supporting voluntary assisted dying, including provisions for it being legislated in Queensland and any necessary safeguards to protect vulnerable persons.
  • That in undertaking the inquiry, the committee should consider:
  • in relation to aged care, the terms of reference and submissions made to the Australian Government’s Royal Commission into the Quality and Safety of Aged Care and, in recognising the commission will occur in parallel, how to proactively work with the commission to ensure an appropriate exchange of information to inform the conduct of the inquiry
  • outcomes of recent reviews and work including Queensland Health’s ‘Palliative Care Services Review’
  • the current legal framework, relevant reports and materials in other Australian states and territories and overseas jurisdictions, including the Victorian Government’s inquiry into end-of-life choices, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic.), and implementation of the associated reforms.

Please provide your feedback to the Legal Policy Team.

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 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.