Australia: Queensland Government Bulletin - 15 December 2015

Last Updated: 21 December 2015
Article by Paul Venus, Stephen Burton and Suzy Cairney

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In the media

CCC public report on transparency and accountability in local government tabled in Parliament
The report tabled in State Parliament today contains six recommendations aimed at improving the compliance and reporting framework for local government officials, especially in the treatment of campaign funds or other gifts and benefits (11 December 2015). More...

Appointment of Queensland's Privacy Commissioner
Information Commissioner Rachael Rangihaeata has announced that Mr Phillip Green has been appointed to the role of Queensland Privacy Commissioner by the Governor in Council (11 December 2015). More...

Bikies threaten Queensland Government with costly legal battles
Queensland's bikies are threatening further expensive legal challenges to the state's controversial organised crime laws as they lobby the Government for their repeal (10 December 2015). More...

Court finds judicial error led to conviction
A Queensland District Court Judge set aside the record of the 18-year-old's conviction after finding the magistrate made an error when deciding "the default position is that convictions are recorded" (08 December 2015). More...

Statement by Acting Attorney-General Cameron Dick
The Attorney-General has requested legal advice today about the prospects of success on an appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal involving Gerard Baden-Clay (08 December 2015). More...

Queensland Law Society welcomes changes to Penalties and Sentences Act and Youth Justice Act
Queensland Law Society welcomes proposed amendments to the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 and the Youth Justice Act 1992, which will address complications created by the High Court of Australia decision in Barbaro v The Queen and Zirilli v The Queen. (03 December 2015). More...

New legislation to remove domestic violence perpetrators from family home
It will be mandatory for Magistrates to consider 'ouster conditions' allowing domestic violence victims to remain in the home, while forcing the perpetrator to leave, as part of new laws passed by State Parliament today (03 December 3015). More...

Improving integrity and welfare outcomes in Queensland racing industry
A new Bill has been introduced into the Queensland Parliament today aimed at restoring public confidence in the state's racing industry (03 December 2015). More...

Civil partnership ceremonies restored in Queensland
The Palaszczuk Government has restored civil partnership ceremonies in Queensland (03 December 2015). More...

All Queenslanders can have a say on possible Human Rights Act
Queenslanders will be given the opportunity to have a say on the possible implementation of a Human Rights Act in Queensland, with the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee of State Parliament to hold an inquiry into whether there should be a Human Rights Act for Queensland (03 December 2015). More...

Parliamentary inquiry to investigate rogue labour hire operators
A Queensland parliamentary inquiry will investigate allegations labour hire companies operating in Queensland are flouting the law and avoiding their obligations to workers (03 December 2015). More...

Palaszczuk Government announces youth justice reforms
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice introduced a Bill to the Queensland Parliament that will repeal previous amendments to the Youth Justice Act 1992 and Childrens Court Act 1992. The amendments remove the provisions that allow for the identification of young offenders and for childhood offences to be admitted in adult sentencing proceedings (01 December 2015). More... More...

In practice and courts

CCC Prosecutions

CCC determines not to investigate approval of Acland Stage 3 - 4.12.2015

CCC charges police officer with assault - 4.12.2015

More charges in boiler room fraud investigation - 3.12.2015

OIC QLD: Camera surveillance and privacy – follow-up review report
Queensland's Office of the Information Commissioner's (OIC) camera surveillance and privacy – follow-up review report was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, 2 December 2015. More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

The Fine Art of Giving and Taking Offence
Chief Justice French AC; Birkenhead Lecture, Gray's Inn, London, 18 November 2015. More...


Subordinate legislation as made – 03 December 2015

No 171 Proclamation commencing remaining provisions of the Coroners (Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board) Amendment Act 2015 effective from 04 December 2015.

No 172 Child Protection (Offender Reporting) Regulation 2015
Amends the Child Protection (Offender Reporting) Act 2004 and Statutory Instruments Act 1992.


Relationships (Civil Partnerships) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2015
Introduced on 17/09/2015 Passed with amendment on 3/12/2015. More...

Domestic and Family Violence Protection and Another Act Amendment Bill 2015
Introduced on 29/10/2015 Passed on 3/12/2015. More...

Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
Introduced Legislative Assembly on 01/12/2015. The objectives of the Bill are to: prohibit the publication of identifying information about a child dealt with under the Youth Justice Act 1992 No. 44 (Qld); reinstate the principle that a detention order should be imposed only as a last resort and for the shortest appropriate period when sentencing a child and he Children's Court of Queensland's sentence review jurisdiction.

Criminal Law (Domestic Violence) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2015
Introduced on 02 December 2015;02/12/2015 Referred to Committee on 2 December 2015. This Bill will make provision for domestic and family violence to be an aggravating factor on sentence, create an offence of choking, suffocation or strangulation in a domestic setting and allow a court to receive submissions on the appropriate sentence or sentence range. Specifically, the Bill would make various amendments including to amend the PS Act and the YJ Act to allow a court to receive a submission from a party on what they consider to be the appropriate sentence or sentence range for the court to impose.

Crime and Corruption Amendment Bill 2015
Introduced on 01 December 2015; Referred to Committee on 1 December 2015
The main objective of this Bill is to implement a number of Government election commitments to restore the Crime and Corruption Commission's independence and integrity.

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