Queensland Law Society

Sustainability, climate and disaster response

QLS calls for a commitment to:

  1. A Queensland Productivity Commission review of laws relating to disaster response in Queensland and the impacts on our community and economy.
  2. An effective, evidence-based legislative framework to respond to climate change that:
    1. is informed by the independent advice of a Productivity Commission-style body, drawing on evidence and research to ensure that the legislative framework:
      1. is clear, consistent and in accordance with the principles of good law; and
      2. sets out the intended policy objectives with clear processes and mechanisms to achieve those objectives;
    2. includes clear pathways, targets and reporting to achieve Queensland’s policy outcomes and contributes to Australia’s international undertakings in response to climate change, including the Paris Agreement;
    3. makes additional funding available to the legal assistance sector in recognition of the ongoing increased legal need of climate impacted vulnerable and disadvantaged communities;
    4. involves meaningful consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People about the impacts of climate change on land that they, as original custodians, have cared for and managed for over 60,000 years;
    5. provides a certain, timely and equitable pathway for the transition of those relying on carbon intensive industries to more sustainable alternatives.