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Parliamentary update: 25 to 27 May 2021

Queensland Parliament sat from 25 to 27 May 2021 (inclusive).

Bills introduced

The following Bills were introduced into the Legislative Assembly

  • Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021
  • Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (Tenants’ Rights) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 was introduced by the Premier and Minister for Trade, Annastacia Palaszczuk, on 25 May 2021.

The Bill has been referred to the Health and Environment Committee. Submissions on this Bill are due by Friday 2 July 2021 at 9am.

The Bill seeks to amend the:

  • Coroners Act 2003
  • Guardianship and Administration Act 2000
  • Medicines and Poisons Act 2019
  • Powers of Attorney Act 1998.

As outlined in the explanatory notes, the objective of the Bill is to establish a voluntary assisted dying scheme in Queensland based on the recommendations of the Queensland Law Reform Commission’s report, ‘A legal framework for voluntary assisted dying’ (Report No.79) and draft QLRC legislation.

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Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (Tenants’ Rights) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

The Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (Tenants’ Rights) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 was introduced by the Member for South Brisbane, Dr Amy McMahon MP, on 26 May 2021.

The Bill has been referred to the Community Support and Services Committee.

The Bill seeks to amend the:

  • Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000, and
  • Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008.

As outlined in the explanatory notes, the objective of the Bill is to improve rights for renters in Queensland, address rental affordability concerns and improve access to safe and secure housing.

The Bill amends the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 by removing the provision that permits a police officer to enter and stay in a person’s room in rental premises while the provider removes the tenant and/or their property.

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Legislation passed this Parliament

The following legislation was passed by the Legislative Assembly:

Debt Reduction and Savings Bill 2021

The Debt Reduction and Savings Bill 2021 was introduced into the Legislative Assembly on 25 March 2021 by the Treasurer and Minister for Investment, Cameron Dick MP, and was passed with amendment on 27 May 2021.

The Bill amends the:

  • Acts Interpretation Act 1954
  • Building Units and Group Titles Act 1980
  • City of Brisbane Regulation 2012
  • Financial Accountability Act 2009
  • Foreign Ownership of Land Register Act 1988
  • Forestry Act 1959
  • Land Act 1994
  • Land Title Act 1994
  • Local Government Regulation 2012
  • Medicines and Poisons Act 2019
  • National Injury Insurance Scheme (Queensland) Act 2016
  • Police Service Administration Act 1990
  • Property Law Act 1974
  • Queensland Competition Authority Act 1997
  • Queensland Industry Participation Policy Act 2011
  • South Bank Corporation Act 1989
  • Statutory Instruments Act 1992, and
  • Water Act 2000.

The Bill repeals the:

  • Building Queensland Act 2015
  • Foreign Ownership of Land Register Regulation 2013
  • Land Title Regulation 2015
  • Public Safety Business Agency Act 2014, and
  • Queensland Productivity Commission Act 2015.

As outlined in the explanatory notes, the objectives of the Bill are to:

  • Support the state’s contribution to the Queensland Future (Debt Retirement) Fund established under the Queensland Future Fund Act 2020
  • introduce a fee unit model to streamline the annual process of indexing regulatory fees
  • abolish Building Queensland (BQ) and the BQ board, and integrate BQ’s staff, assets, records, resources and liabilities into the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
  • change the governance structure of the National Injury Insurance Agency, Queensland
  • repeal the Public Safety Business Agency Act 2014 so that machinery of government changes may reintegrate the Public Safety Business Agency into public safety entities
  • abolish the Queensland Productivity Commission and integrate its functions into Queensland Treasury  and the Queensland Competition Authority
  • mandate that legislation which requires or authorises print advertising or publication by government agencies shall be satisfied by digital/electronic advertising or publication, subject to appropriate exemptions, and
  • make technical amendments to the Medicines and Poisons Act 2019.

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Subordinate legislation

Subordinate Queensland legislation notified in 2021 is available online.

Subordinate legislation notified on the Queensland Legislation website from 15 May 2021 to 28 May 2021:

Queensland Government Gazette

The Queensland Government Gazettes for 2021 are available online.

Parliamentary sitting dates

As indicated on the parliamentary website, the Queensland Parliament is currently scheduled to next sit on 15 to 18 June 2021.

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