Queensland Law Society

1. Queensland’s law reform processes

The state government is responsible for making laws for the peace, welfare and good government of Queensland. This mandate extends to the creation of good laws and policies that:

  • Are grounded in cogent evidence
  • Are clearly drafted and provide certainty to affected individuals
  • Are the result of proper consultation processes (such as those employed by the Australian Productivity Commission); and
  • Serve the long-term interests of the Queensland community.

Queensland Law Society calls for a commitment:

  • To evidence-based policy-making
  • To implement a comprehensive consultation process for the formation of legislation. This process should include a one-month stakeholder consultation period prior to the introduction of a bill in Parliament, with any departures from the process documented and tabled in Parliament
  • That all bills are referred to Parliamentary Committees and that Parliamentary Committees are allowed at least two months from the date of referral to provide their report
  • To the provision of complete Explanatory Notes including comprehensive justification for a bill’s deviation from the fundamental legislative principles
  • To the use of justice impact statements upon the introduction of a bill to detail what “cost” will be imposed on the justice system
  • To enact an amendment to the Acts Interpretation Act 1954 (Qld) that any new legislation accord with fundamental legislative principles, common law protections and established rules of international law and custom
  • To provide bills in tracking where bills propose amendments to existing legislation
  • To avoid the use of omnibus bills or to ensure that omnibus bills only contain bills of similar subject matter
  • To reasonable consultation on new subordinate legislation and significant amendment to existing subordinate legislation.

Queensland State Election - 2017 Call to Parties Statement

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