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Parliamentary update: 15 to 17 March 2022

Queensland Parliament sat from 15 to 17 March 2022.

Bills introduced

  • Land and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022
  • State Penalties Enforcement (Modernisation) Amendment Bill 2022

Land and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022

The Land and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 was introduced on 17 March 2022 by the Minister for Resources, Scott Stewart.

The policy objectives of the Bill are to ensure the regulatory frameworks within the Resources portfolio remain efficient, effective, and responsive to change. To that end, the Bill:

  • corrects minor technical errors in the Acquisition of Land Act 1967 that were identified because of a court judgment
  • corrects an outdated definition of landholder of the land in the Cape York Peninsula Heritage Act 2007
  • amends the Central Queensland Coal Associates Agreement Act 1968 to enable a variation of the Central Queensland Coal Associates Agreement
  • amends the Land Act 1994 and Land Regulation 2020 to:
    • introduce an alternative, more efficient pathway to initiate lease conversion, giving the chief executive an opportunity to act proactively in the allocation of state land
    • streamline administrative processes for certain dealings affecting defence land, and
    • simplify, streamline, and clarify policy intent for certain matters about road closures, decisions not to renew leases, right line tidal boundaries, and payment for improvements when a lease has been forfeited, surrendered, or expired
  • modernises outdated requirements in the Land Act 1994, Place Names Act 1994, Stock Route Management Act 2002 and Vegetation Management Act 1999 to publish notices in newspapers, instead allowing this to occur by suitable media channels
  • amends the Stock Route Management Act 2002 to both improve recovery of costs local governments incur managing and administering the stock route network, and overall simplify processes for stock route management
  • amends the Stock Route Management Regulation 2003 to take into account new stock route decision-making and mapping provisions under the Act
  • streamlines the process to commence survey standards and clarifies policy intent and application of the ambulatory water boundary framework in the Survey and Mapping Infrastructure Act 2003 and the Regulations
  • improves the administrative process for listing regional ecosystems and clarifies the policy intent of certain provisions in the Vegetation Management Act 1999
  • Repeals the Foreign Governments (Titles to Land) Act 1948, Starcke Pastoral Holdings Acquisition Act 1994 and the Yeppoon Hospital Acquisition Act 2006.

The Bill amends the:

  • Acquisition of Land Act 1967
  • Cape York Peninsula Heritage Act 2007
  • Central Queensland Coal Associates Agreement Act 1968
  • Forest Wind Farm Development Act 2020
  • Government Owned Corporations Act 1993
  • Land Act 1994
  • Land Regulation 2020
  • Land Sales Act 1984
  • Land Title Act 1994
  • Place Names Act 1994
  • Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Act 2016
  • Stock Route Management Act 2002
  • Stock Route Management Regulation 2003
  • Survey and Mapping Infrastructure Act 2003
  • Survey and Mapping Infrastructure Regulation 2014
  • Vegetation Management Act 1999
  • Water Act 2000.

The Bill repeals the:

  • Foreign Governments (Titles to Land) Act 1948
  • Starcke Pastoral Holdings Acquisition Act 1994
  • Survey and Mapping Infrastructure (Survey Standards) Notice 2021
  • Survey and Mapping Infrastructure (Survey Standards—Requirements for Mining Tenures) Notice (No.1) 2011
  • Yeppoon Hospital Site Acquisition Act 2006.

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State Penalties Enforcement (Modernisation) Amendment Bill 2022

The State Penalties Enforcement (Modernisation) Amendment Bill 2022 was introduced on 17 March 2022 by the Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment, Cameron Dick.

The Bill proposes to amend the State Penalties Enforcement Act 1999, the State Penalties Enforcement Regulation 2014 and the State Penalties Enforcement Amendment Act 2017 to:

  • implement an integrated approach to managing fines for camera-detected offences and tolling offences, with functions centralised in a single agency – the Queensland Revenue Office
  • provide a framework for the earlier registration of unpaid infringement notices with the State Penalties Enforcement Registry for enforcement
  • make miscellaneous amendments to modernise the operation of the State Penalties Enforcement Act 1999 and support the effective administration of SPER.

The Bill also proposes to:

  • make consequential amendments to the  Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 and the Traffic Regulation 1962 on account of the integrated approach to fines management
  • amend the Land Tax Act 2010 to ensure that trustees of Special Disability Trusts are subject to the higher tax-free threshold and lower land tax rates that apply to individuals
  • amend the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 to provide stable funding for the Residential Tenancies Authority and ensure security of residential bonds on behalf of Queensland tenants
  • modernise the confidentiality provisions in the State Penalties Enforcement Act 1999 and the Taxation Administration Act 2001.

The Bill amends the:

  • Land Tax Act 2010
  • Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008
  • State Penalties Enforcement Act 1999
  • State Penalties Enforcement Amendment Act 2017
  • State Penalties Enforcement Regulation 2014
  • Taxation Administration Act 2001
  • Traffic Regulation 1962
  • Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995.

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Legislation passed this Parliament

The Legislative Assembly passed the Police Legislation (Efficiencies and Effectiveness) Amendment Bill 2021.

Police Legislation (Efficiencies and Effectiveness) Amendment Bill 2021

The Police Legislation (Efficiencies and Effectiveness) Amendment Bill 2021 was introduced into the Legislative Assembly on 16 September 2021 by the Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Mark Ryan.

The Bill was referred to the Legal Affairs and Safety Committee for detailed consideration.

The Bill passed without amendment.

The Bill seeks to amend the Oaths Act 1867, the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 (PPRA), the Police Service Administration Act 1990, the Police Service Administration Regulation 2016 and the Weapons Act 1990.

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

  • improve the delivery of policing services
  • reduce administrative processes
  • streamline police operations
  • increase productivity
  • improve the detection, prevention and disruption of crime.

The Bill proposes to authorise senior policy officers to witness specified affidavits made by other police officers in relation to proving the service of documents, certain bail proceedings and certain sworn applications under section 801(4)(a) (Steps after issue of prescribed authority) of the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000. The Bill also includes amendments in relation to access orders to be made for a digital device lawfully seized under the PPRA.

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Royal assent

The following Acts received royal assent:

  • Appropriation (Parliament) Act (No.2) 2021
  • Appropriation Act (No.2) 2022

Appropriation (Parliament) Bill (No.2) 2022

The Appropriation (Parliament) Bill (No.2) 2021 received royal assent on 14 March 2021.

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Appropriation Act (No.2) 2022

The Appropriation Act (No.2) 2022 received royal assent on 14 March 2022.

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Adjournments

The following Bills were adjourned:

  • Small Business Commissioner Bill 2021
  • Environmental and Other Legislation (Reversal of Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) Amendment Bill 2021

Small Business Commissioner Bill 2021

The second reading to the Small Business Commissioner Bill 2021 was adjourned on 17 March 2022.

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Environmental and Other Legislation (Reversal of Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) Amendment Bill 2021

The second reading of the Environmental and Other Legislation (Reversal of Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) Amendment Bill 2021 was adjourned on 15 March 2022.

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Second reading

The second reading of the Criminal Law (Raising the Age of Responsibility) Amendment Bill 2021 was moved on 15 March 2022.

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Subordinate legislation

Subordinate Queensland Legislation notified in 2022 is also available online.

Subordinate Legislation notified on the Queensland Legislation website from 25 January 2022 to 18 March 2022.

Queensland Government Gazette

The Queensland Government Gazettes for 2022 are available online.

Parliamentary sitting dates

As indicated on the parliamentary website, the Queensland Parliament is currently scheduled to next sit on 29 to 31 March 2022.

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