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Parliamentary update: 16 to 18 August 2022

Queensland Parliament sat from 16 to 18 August 2022.

Bills introduced

The following Bill was introduced into the Legislative Assembly:

  • Major Sports Facilities Amendment Bill 2022

Major Sports Facilities Amendment Bill 2022

On 17 August 2022, Stirling Hinchliffe, Minister for Tourism Innovation and Sport and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement, introduced the Major Sports Facilities Amendment Bill 2022.

The objectives of the Bill are to:

  • Implement all outstanding Stadium Taskforce recommendations arising from its Interim and Final Reports that require legislative amendments to the Major Sports Facilities Act 2001.
  • Improve the governance, commercial agility and performance of Stadiums Queensland.
  • Meet public and government expectations on the management of a significant portfolio of publicly owned assets.

The Bill amends the Major Sports Facilities Act 2001.

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The Bill has been referred to the Economics and Governance Committee for inquiry.

Legislation passed this Parliament

The following legislation was passed by the Legislative Assembly:

  • Trading (Allowable Hours) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022
  • Appropriation (Parliament) Bill 2022
  • Appropriation Bill 2022

Trading (Allowable Hours) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022

The Trading (Allowable Hours) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 was introduced on 25 May 2022 by the Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing, Grace Grace.

The Bill was referred to the Education, Employment and Training Committee for detailed consideration.

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The Bill was passed without amendment on 18 August 2022

The Bill’s primary objective is to implement recommendations of the Education, Employment and Training Committee following its recent inquiry into the operation of the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990. The committee made the following recommendations:

  • streamlining the categories of core trading hours for non-exempt shops by reducing the number of categories from five to four and re-categorising the Mossman and Port Douglas Tourist Area to support the local tourism industry
  • clarifying special event declarations made by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) which exempt all shops in a stated area from trading hours restrictions, including to provide clear guidance on the matters the QIRC must have regard to
  • clarifying that the power of the QIRC to make orders for non-exempt shops is limited to determining the category of core trading hours that should apply to a particular location and to determining definitions and boundaries of such locations
  • ensuring consistent voluntary work protections for employees from working extended hours, including where extended hours arise due to an order or special declaration of the QIRC, unless the employee has freely elected to work extended hours
  • extending two existing moratoriums for a further 12 months until 31 August 2023 to ensure ongoing stability for the retail industry and community, and
  • retaining previous reforms that have been found to be working effectively.

The Bill amends the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990 to implement each of the committee’s recommendations listed above.

The Bill also modernises particular provisions in the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 and Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005 in relation to using technology for attendance at meetings of the Queensland College of Teachers and parents and citizens’ association meetings. The amendments make permanent the temporary arrangements that were put in place during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The Bill amends the:

  • Education (General Provisions) Act 2006
  • Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005
  • Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990

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Appropriation (Parliament) Bill 2022

The Appropriation (Parliament) Bill 2022 was introduced on 21 June 2022 by the Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment, Cameron Dick.

The Bill provides for:

  • Appropriation for 2022-23 to fund the cost of providing the services, equity adjustment and administered items of the Legislative Assembly and parliamentary service in that year, and
  • Supply for 2023-24 to allow the normal operations of the Legislative Assembly and parliamentary service to continue until the 2023-24 Appropriation (Parliament) Bill receives assent.

The Bill was passed without amendment on 17 August 2022

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Appropriation Bill 2022

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The Appropriation Bill 2022 was introduced on 21 June 2022 by the Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment, Cameron Dick.

The Bill provides for:

  • Appropriation for 2022-23 to fund the cost of delivering departmental services, administered items and equity adjustment in that year, and
  • Supply for 2023-24 to allow normal operations of government to continue until the 2023-24 Appropriation Bill receives assent

The Bill was passed without amendment on 17 August 2022

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Second reading

Motions for the second reading of a number of Bills were moved during this sitting week.

Criminal Law (Raising the Age of Responsibility) Amendment Bill 2021

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On 16 August 2022, it was moved that the Criminal Law (Raising the Age of Responsibility) Amendment Bill 2021 be read a second time. However, this motion was resolved in the negative and the Bill failed to progress.

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Inspector of Detention Services Bill 2021

On 18 August 2022, the second reading for the Inspector of Detention Services Bill 2021 was adjourned.

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Subordinate legislation

Subordinate Queensland Legislation notified in 2022 is also available online.

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Subordinate Legislation notified on the Queensland Legislation website from 1 June 2022 to 19 August 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 30 August to 1 September 2022.

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