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
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
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 objectives of the Bill, as set out in the explanatory notes, are to:
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):
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]
Public hearings Tuesday, 4 October 2016 – Gold Coast
Wednesday, 12 october 2016 – Brisbane
Report to be tabled Tuesday, 1 November 2016
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:
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.