Submission to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee: Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Kathrine Galloway

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Lapse of Bill
On 6 January 2015, the Parliament was dissolved by Proclamation issued by the Acting Governor.

The Bill automatically lapsed on dissolution of the Parliament and the Inquiry ceased.

A new Bill may be introduced in the next Parliament. If this occurs, the Committee authorised any successor committee to have access to its documents and evidence received, including correspondence and submissions received by the Committee prior to the Inquiry lapsing.

On 26 November 2014 the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Hon Jarrod Bleijie MP, introduced the Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 into the Queensland Parliament. In accordance with Standing Order 131 of the Standing Rules and Orders of the Legislative Assembly, the Bill was referred to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee for detailed consideration.

By motion of the House, the Committee is required to report to the Parliament by 2 February 2015.

Objective and Reasons for the Bill
The objective of the Bill is to make miscellaneous amendments to over 30 Acts administered by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, including to:

strengthen penalties and sentences for certain offenders and streamline certain processes in criminal hearings;
advance the Government’s red tape reduction, public sector renewal and reducing the regulatory burden agendas;
strengthen and improve provisions concerning the administration of coronial and civil proceedings in the courts;
support the effective administration of justice by ensuring public confidence in the authority of court orders;
support the effective operation of births, deaths and marriages registration in Queensland and the transition to a modern digitised registration service;
strengthen the legal profession regulatory regime;
simplify and clarify the requirements for delegation of the administration of a trust;
amend Queensland laws so that they continue to complement uniform or model Commonwealth laws;
provide greater certainty in property transactions;
strengthen protections for victims of crime; and
make other technical, clarifying, and minor amendments.

The Bill also amends the Tourism and Events Queensland Act 2012, an Act administered by the Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games. The amendment reflects the decision that the Tourism and Events Queensland Employing Office is no longer a national system employer.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherQueensland Parliament
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


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