Making better laws and good policy
The development of better laws and good policy are hallmarks of a healthy and successful democracy. These reforms will support Parliament and governments to ensure laws are enacted following effective consultation and that the resulting laws reflect the principles which underpin the rule of law.
QLS calls for a commitment to:
- Increasing Parliamentary committee reporting timeframes so that standard timeframes are 8 weeks between introduction of the bill and committee reporting date, with a view to facilitating a standard public consultation process of 6 weeks between introduction of the bill and public submission due dates.
- The establishment of a dedicated Parliamentary committee to evaluate the consistency of all bills with the Human Rights Act 2019.
- Prepare and invite public comment on draft privacy impact assessments on all proposed technology-enabled initiatives which may have material use or disclosure impacts on an individual’s personal information.
- An independent review of the accessibility of government information in Queensland. The review should assess the administration of the Right to Information Act 2009 and other legislation, including the Environmental Protection Act 1994, under which public sector agencies are obliged to make government information publicly available, with a view to determining whether the objectives are being met and evaluating the transparency and accountability of government administration in Queensland.
- Commissioning an academic review of existing legislation to assess the powers of entry, investigation and seizure of evidence conferred on authorised persons by a myriad of Queensland legislation, including local governments, statutory agencies and Departmental officers, with a view to:
- assessing whether the powers in each act are proportionate, reasonable and appropriate for the particular circumstances; and
- drafting revised model provisions for entry and investigative powers which are consistent with the fundamental legislative principle that entry to premises is not without a warrant as provided for in section 4(3)(e) of the Legislative Standards Act 1992.