Peter Wellington MP

Independent Member for Nicklin

Your Opportunity To Have Your Say

Taboo Subject Must Be Aired

It is time Queensland Parliament consulted with Queenslanders on the topic of end of life choices for adults including the case of people experiencing unbearable and hopeless suffering as a criteria for requesting help to die.


Once our Governor approves recent changes to the Parliament of Queensland Act so that our parliamentary committees can conduct enquiries on their own initiative, I will ask our Health Committee to hold an enquiry into this i...mportant topic.


There is no certainty that the committee will support my request and it is important that people who share my views write to the committee, the particulars are as follows:

Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee


 Parliament House
George Street
BRISBANE QLD 4000

Phone: 07 3553 6626
Email: [email protected]


My proposed terms of reference for the committee inquiry, is that the committee consider and report on the need for laws in Queensland, to allow citizens to make informed decisions regarding their own end of life choices and in particular-


(1) assess the practices currently being utilised within the medical community to assist a person to exercise their preferences for the way they want to manage their end of life, including the role of palliative care;

(2) review the current framework of legislation, proposed legislation and other relevant reports and materials in other Australian states and territories and overseas jurisdictions; and

(3) consider what type of legislative change may be required, including an examination of any federal laws that may impact such legislation.


These terms of reference are similar to the Victorian Legislative Council inquiry conducted last year.

 

I believe there is overwhelming support for adults who are experiencing unbearable and hopeless suffering, to be able to request assistance to die.

Voluntary euthanasia has been a taboo subject for too long and I believe Queenslanders should have their say on this matter.

Councillor complaints are Caesar Judging Caesar – it must stop


Under the current legislation the CEOs of Local Government Councils are tasked with sitting in judgment against councillors who have had complaints made against them.

This is ridiculous because the CEO has been employed by and is answerable to the councillors who he is charged with investigating. This current arrangement calls into question the independence of the CEOs in this matter.


Last week in Parliament Deputy Premier Jackie Trad tabled, the Councillor Conduct Discussion Paper which seeks feedback from you by Friday, September 23. One of the options put forward in the discussion paper is that the investigations be taken out of the hands of the CEOs and undertaken by an independent tribunal. I support this change and urge everyone who wants the investigation of complaints about their local government councillors taken out of the hands of the CEO, to make a submission either via email or in writing to the addresses below.


This is a very serious matter and the current arrangement must be changed.


A copy of the discussion paper is available at: www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au and written submissions can be emailed to: [email protected] or posted to: Councillor Complaints Review Panel c/o The Project Manager PO Box 15000 City East, Queensland 4002

Bills before the House

Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

On 13 September 2016 the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills, the Hon Yvette D’Ath MP, introduced the Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment Bill 2016.


Click on link to see the Attorney-General's speech: Attorney-General’s speech introducing the Bill into the Queensland Parliament

Click on link to view the Bill: Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

Click on link to view the Explanatory Notes: Explanatory notes to the Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

 

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 (the committee) for detailed consideration. The committee is required to report by Tuesday, 1 November 2016.


The Bill

The objectives of the Bill, as set out in the explanatory notes, are to:

  •  implement a new Organised Crime Regime to tackle serious and organised crime in all its forms, drawing on the recommendations of the Queensland Organised Crime Commission of Inquiry, Taskforce on Organised Crime Legislation and statutory review of the Criminal Organisation Act 2009, and
  • improve the clarity, administration and operation of particular occupational and industry licensing Acts.

 

Some of the key matters provided for in the Bill are outlined below. This is not a complete list of all matters addressed in the Bill, and is not a substitute for reading the Bill and the explanatory notes (see links above):


  • access to electronic information - allow Crime and Corruption Commission officers and police officers to request an order requiring a person to provide information necessary to gain access to electronic information stored
  • child exploitation material - introduce new offences, create new circumstances of aggravation, and increase maximum penalties in relation to the distribution and promotion of child exploitation material and concealing offences involving child exploitation material
  • financial crimes  - create new circumstances of aggravation and increase maximum penalties for offences in relation to fraud and obtaining or dealing with identification documents
  • drug offences  - increase the maximum penalty for trafficking in certain dangerous drugs and remove the minimum 80 percent non-parole period for trafficking in a dangerous drug
  • wearing or carrying colours  - introduce a new offence prohibiting the wearing or carrying of a prohibited item in a public place, reduce the maximum penalties for offences related to wearing or carrying colours in licensed premises, and create a defence for licensees, permittees and staff in relation to the requirement for them to refuse entry or require a person wearing colours to leave a licensed premises
  • protection and serious organised crime orders - create a scheme of three new public safety protection orders (public safety, restricted premises and fortification removal orders), and introduce a conviction based control order to impose conditions to prevent, restrict or disrupt involvement in serious criminal activity
  • consorting - introduce a new offence of consorting with two recognised offenders after being given an official warning
  • ‘VLAD laws’ - repeal the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act and Criminal Organisation Act, and provisions in other Acts relating to ‘participants in a criminal organisation’ such as anti-association offences, and prisoner segregation orders
  • tattoo industry - adopt a more traditional and transparent approach to licensing of the body-art tattoo industry and improve the administration and operation of the body-art tattoo licensing legislation
  • licensees under the Liquor Act - enable the Commissioner of Police to notify the Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming if a licensee is charged with an offence, ensure consistency in probity tests to hold a licence, and allow approvals to let or sublet licensed premises or enter into franchise or management agreements to be cancelled if a person becomes disqualified or is no longer a fit and proper person.

Call for submissions

The committee invites submissions addressing any aspect of the Bill from all interested parties.

 

Submissions are generally published on the committee’s web page, however the committee may suppress a submitter’s name or may keep a submission confidential. Personal addresses and phone numbers are removed from submissions before they are published.

 

Submissions are published only after the committee considers them and authorises their publication. A committee may decide not to accept a submission or not to publish all or part of it if, for example, the committee considers the submission is not relevant or does not address the legislation.

 

Guidelines for making a submission to a parliamentary committee are available here - Guide to making a submission.


The closing date for submissions is Thursday, 6 October 2016 at 4.00pm. Submissions should be sent to:


Email: [email protected]


Post: Inquiry Secretary
         Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee
         Parliament House
         George Street    
         Brisbane Qld 4000    


Inquiry timeline:

Public departmental briefing    Monday, 26 September 2016
Submissions close                   Thursday, 6 October 2016 at 4.00pm

Public hearings                        Tuesday, 4 October 2016 – Gold Coast

                                                 Wednesday, 12 october 2016 – Brisbane

Report to be tabled                  Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Security of Payment discussion paper

The Queensland Government has released a Security of Payment discussion paper to seek thoughts and suggestions from industry and the community on how best to tackle this issue for subcontractors.

Security of payment is about making sure everyone in the contractual chain gets paid for work done or goods supplied by a subcontractor. Subcontractors are particularly vulnerable because they are generally further down the payment chain.

Security of payment is also important as it is about making sure workers get paid in a fair and timely manner. This is not just important for workers and their families, it is important for Queensland’s economy and productivity.

The discussion paper has a series of options for the public to consider:

  • Option 1—Project Bank Accounts: A project bank account facilities simultaneous payments of a projects head contractor and all participating subcontractors through a trust arrangement.
  • Option 2—Retention Trust Fund Scheme: This option requires subcontractors’ retention money to be held in a separate trust account.
  • Option 3—Insurance schemes: This option includes a range of insurance schemes to safeguard against defects, late completion and insolvency of contractors.
  • Option 4—Federal legislative changes: This option seeks to lobby the Commonwealth government for reform to Commonwealth legislation relating to security of payment.
  • Option 5—Education: This option proposes education for the building and construction industry stakeholders regarding matters such as financial management, contract management and protection of their rights.

Finally, the discussion paper also seeks feedback on the 2014 amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004, as well as the Subcontractors’ Charges Act 1974 and the Queensland Building and Construction Commission’s Minimum Financial Requirements Policy.

We encourage you to let us know your feedback by reviewing the discussion paper and either completing this survey or making a written submission.

Answer an online survey
  • Have your say on the Security of Payment discussion paper

    Please note:

    • The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
    • There is a 45 minute time limit for completing the survey from the time you start filling it out. To save your response, click the 'finish later' button (within the 45 minute time limit) - you will be given an address and a password which you can use later to complete your response.

Written submissions

Written submissions can be sent by:

  • Email: [email protected] 
      Security of Payment discussion paper (as email subject line)
  • Post:
    Security of Payment discussion paper
    GPO Box 2457
    BRISBANE  QLD  4001

If you have any questions regarding the discussion paper, please email  [email protected]