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    Police Service Administration and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2008
    The Queensland Police Service (QPS) currently operates a number of different databases to store its policing information. These databases are progressively being amalgamated into a single database known as QPRIME. QPRIME is due to be fully operational before the end of 2008 at which time the majority of other databases will be decommissioned or no longer updated. There are a number of organisat

    Criminal Proceeds Confiscation and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2008
    The Criminal Proceeds Confiscation and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2008 contains amendments to the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002, the Security Providers Act 1993, the Fair Trading Act 1989 and the Trusts Act 1973. The amendments to the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act aim to improve the Act’s ability to achieve its objectives, which are primarily aimed at removing financial gain and incr

    Increase to the penalty unit value
    Cabinet considered an increase to the penalty unit value from $75 to $100. Cabinet approved an increase in the penalty unit amount from $75 to $100 to reflect movements in the Consumer Price Index, commencing 1 January 2009. Cabinet approved the penalty unit increase be reviewed every three years to take account of CPI increases. Cabinet approved amendments to the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992

    Review of the domestic discipline defence
    Section 280 of the Criminal Code makes it lawful for a parent or carer to use such force to a child as is reasonable in the circumstances for the purposes of correction, discipline, management or control. In order to examine whether the existence of this defence is impacting on the prosecution of abusive parents, the Department of Justice and Attorney-General reviewed 198 cases accused of parent/c

    Summary Offences and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2008
    The Crime and Misconduct Commission report on the public nuisance offence, Policing Public Order: A review of the public nuisance offence was tabled in Parliament on 23 May 2008. The report concluded that the new public nuisance offence did not appear to have a significant impact on public nuisance offending or on the police and courts response to it. The report also found that marginalised gro

    Police Powers and Responsibilities (Gold Coast Nikon Indy 300) Regulation 2008
    The 2008 Indy 300 will be held from 23 to 26 October 2008 on the Gold Coast. The policing commitment for the event will commence on Sunday, 19 October 2008 and conclude on Monday, 27 October 2008. The Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 contains a legislative scheme which enables the Queensland Police Service (QPS) to be provided with special powers to address safety and security issues

    Review of the Criminal and Civil Justice System in Queensland - Terms of Reference
    Criminal offences are divided into two main classes: indictable offences, which are more serious crimes, and summary offences of a more minor nature. An indictable offence is ordinarily prosecuted before a judge and jury. In some circumstances, offences declared to be indictable may be dealt with summarily in a Magistrates Court, generally at the election of the accused. Former Senior Judge Ad

    Criminal Code and Misconduct Amendment Bill
    The Crime and Misconduct and Summary Offences Amendment Bill 2009 contains amendments to the Crime and Misconduct Act 2001 and the Summary Offences Act 2005. The Bill amends the Crime and Misconduct Act 2001 to validate past and future use of general ‘umbrella’ referrals of major crime to the Crime and Misconduct Commission and to subject general referrals to periodic review to ensure they remain

    Criminal Code Amendment Bill 2009
    Cabinet – August 2009 Criminal Code Amendment Bill 2009 Attorney General and Minister for Industrial Relations On 1 October 2008, the Queensland Law Reform Commission (QLRC) Report, The Excuse of Accident and the Defence of Provocation (the QLRC Report) was tabled in Parliament. The QLRC’s report made a number of recommendations regarding accident and provocation, but also made note of the diffi

    Victims of Crime Assistance Bill
    The Victims of Crime Assistance Bill 2009 repeals the Criminal Offence Victims Act 1995. The Bill provides for a new victims financial assistance scheme. The new scheme will focus on victim recovery by paying for, or reimbursing the costs of goods and services that the victim requires to help them recover from the physical and psychological effects of an act of violence. It aims to provide a tailo

    Criminal History Screening Legislation Amendment Bill 2009
    The Criminal History Screening Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 proposes to streamline criminal history screening for Queenslanders. These arrangements will reduce duplication of screening and achieve consistency in screening for persons providing services to children and young people or working in a place where the Department of Communities funds or provides disability services, while maintaining

    Qld Govt sub to CMC re alleged misuse of public money
    On 23 November 2009, the Crime and Misconduct commenced public hearings in relation to the allegations of official misconduct involving a former Ministerial adviser involving alleged misuse of public money. During the hearing, the CMC Chairperson stated that he would invite submissions from any interested party on the wider issues of what recommendations should be made with respect to the way the

    Response to Private Member's Bill - Juvenile Justice (Sentencing Principles) Amendment Bill 2009
    The member for Southern Downs, Mr Lawrence Springborg MP, introduced the Juvenile Justice (Sentencing Principles) Amendment Bill 2009 as a Private Member’s Bill on 3 June 2009. The Explanatory Notes to the Bill state the purpose of the Bill is to amend the Juvenile Justice Act 1992 to remove reference to detention as a last resort. Cabinet considered that the removal of the principle of detenti

    Government Response to the Review of the civil and criminal justice system in Qld Report
    On 28 July 2008, a review of the civil and criminal justice system in Queensland was launched by the Queensland Government. Former Senior Judge Administrator, the Honourable Martin Moynihan AO QC, was appointed to conduct the review and report on the working of Queensland courts in the civil and criminal jurisdictions with a view to making more effective use of public resources. The Terms of Ref

    Government Response to the Review of the civil and criminal justice system in Qld Report
    On 28 July 2008, a review of the civil and criminal justice system in Queensland was launched by the Queensland Government. Former Senior Judge Administrator, the Honourable Martin Moynihan AO QC, was appointed to conduct the review and report on the working of Queensland courts in the civil and criminal jurisdictions with a view to making more effective use of public resources. The Terms of Ref

    Organised Crime Control Bill 2009
    In May 2009 the Queensland Government publicly committed to introducing legislative measures aimed at preventing, detecting and disrupting organised criminal activity in Queensland. In April 2009 the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) also agreed to develop a comprehensive national response to combat organised crime. The preparation of this bill will deliver on the Government’s commit

    Criminal Code Amendment Bill 2009
    On 1 October 2008, the Queensland Law Reform Commission (QLRC) Report, The Excuse of Accident and the Defence of Provocation (the QLRC Report) was tabled in Parliament. The QLRC’s report made a number of recommendations regarding accident and provocation, but also made note of the difficulties sometimes encountered by battered spouses who kill their abusers to rely on existing defences. In this r

    Criminal Code (Honesty and Integrity in Parliament)
    The Member for Surfers Paradise and then Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for the Arts, Mr John-Paul Langbroek MP, introduced the Criminal Code (Honesty and Integrity in Parliament) Amendment Bill 2009 on 19 August 2009. The Explanatory Notes to the Bill state the purpose of the Bill is to amend the Criminal Code to introduce the offence of giving false evidence to Parliament and the

    Criminal Organisation Bill 2009
    The Criminal Organisation Bill 2009 allows for criminal organisations to be “declared” by the Supreme Court upon application by the Police Commissioner and for members and associates of declared organisations, on application of the Police Commissioner, to be liable to have control orders imposed on them. Activities that may be controlled by an order include: associating with other persons; posses

    Govt Response to PCMC Report 79
    The Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee is required to review the activities of the Crime and Misconduct Commission and report to the Legislative Assembly as near as possible to the end of each parliamentary term on any further action that should be taken in relation to the Crime and Misconduct Act 2001 or the functions, powers and operations of the Crime and Misconduct Commission. On 20

    Civil and Criminal Jursidiction Reform and Modernisation Amendment Bill 2010
    On 28 July 2008, a review of the civil and criminal justice system in Queensland was launched by the Queensland Government. Former Senior Judge Administrator, the Honourable Martin Moynihan AO QC, was appointed to conduct the review and report on the working of Queensland courts in the civil and criminal jurisdictions with a view to making more effective use of public resources. The report on th

    Criminal Code (Images of Violence Against Children)
    The Member for Moggill and Shadow Minister for Education and Training, Dr Bruce Flegg, introduced the Criminal Code (Filming or Possessing Images of Violence Against Schoolchildren) Amendment Bill 2010 as a Private Member’s Bill in March 2010. The Bill replaced the Criminal Code (Filming or Possessing Images of Violence Against Children) Amendment Bill 2009, which Dr Flegg withdrew. The Explanator

    Criminal Code (Serious Assaults on Police)
    The Member for Southern Downs and Deputy Leader for the Opposition, Mr Lawrence Springborg MP introduced the Criminal Code (Serious Assaults on Police and Particular Other Persons) Amendment Bill 2010 as a Private Member’s Bill in February 2010. The Bill proposed amendments to section 340 of the Criminal Code, which contains the offence of serious assault. The Bill aims to introduce mandatory mini

    Govt response to CMC Report Restoring Order
    The CMC report Restoring order: Crime prevention and local justice in Queensland’s Indigenous communities was released on 20 November 2009, in response to the Queensland Government’s 2007 request for a review of policing in Indigenous communities. Cabinet broadly supported all six recommendations of the CMC. Five of the CMC recommendations were supported in full, including: a focus on crime preven

    Child Protection (Offender Reporting) and other Legislation Amendment Bill 2010
    In June 2009 the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management – Police (MCPEMP) endorsed a set of recommendations to establish national consistency in the approach to management of reportable offenders in Australian police jurisdictions. In observation of the MCPEMP recommendations, the Queensland Police Service (QPS) also conducted a review of the Child Protection (Offender Reporting)

    Penalties and Sentences (Sent Advis Council Amend Bill 2010
    The criminal justice system plays an important role in creating a safe community for Queenslanders. It is vital that the community has confidence in the sentencing process. The Queensland Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 sets out the purposes of sentencing and the guidelines to be followed. It also contains the sentencing options available to the court. The Penalties and Sentences (Sentencing

    Penalties and Sentences (Sent Advis Council Amend Bill 2010
    The criminal justice system plays an important role in creating a safe community for Queenslanders. It is vital that the community has confidence in the sentencing process. The Queensland Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 sets out the purposes of sentencing and the guidelines to be followed. It also contains the sentencing options available to the court. The Penalties and Sentences (Sentencing

    Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 1989
    Cabinet previously endorsed the ‘Queensland Government Strategy to Reduce Domestic and Family Violence 2009-2014’ (the Strategy) and approved the Terms of Reference for a review of the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 1989 (DFVPA). The Department of Communities is leading the review of the DFVPA to ensure that the Act supports the implementation of the Strategy and is effective and e

    Strengthening Adult Sentencing Regime
    The criminal justice system plays an important role in creating a safe community for Queenslanders. Equally as important is the need to ensure that people within the community also enjoy a sense of safety. The task of sentencing is complex and is one of the most difficult functions performed by the courts. It is vital that the Queensland community has confidence in the criminal sentencing process

    Criminal Code (Images of Violence Against Children)
    The Member for Moggill and Shadow Minister for Education and Training, Dr Bruce Flegg, introduced the Criminal Code (Filming or Possessing Images of Violence Against Children) Amendment Bill 2009 as a Private Member’s Bill in October 2009. The Explanatory Notes to the Bill state the objective of the Bill is to amend the Criminal Code to provide protection for children who are the targets of cyber

    Guidelines for post-coviction DNA testing
    The Griffith University Innocence Project has suggested law reform in Queensland to assist convicted persons in establishing their innocence through testing of DNA post-appeal. A convicted offender must be required to meet certain criteria to request post-conviction DNA testing. For example, the application must relate to a conviction for an offence carrying a maximum or mandatory penalty of life

    Criminal Code and Other Legislation Amendment Bill
    The primary objectives of the Criminal Code and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 are to: amend the excuse of accident (section 23(1)(b), Criminal Code) to omit the term ‘accident’ and substitute the term with a phrase which better reflects the ‘reasonably foreseeable consequence’ test; recast the partial defence of provocation (section 304, Criminal Code) to address its bias and flaws, as r

    Police Legislation Amendment Bill 2010
    In June 2010, the Premier and Minister for the Arts announced that legislation to allow for the statewide roll-out of public nuisance ticketing would be introduced into the Parliament later this year, following an evaluation of a 12-month trial. The Police Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 (the Bill) amends the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 to remove provisions which currently limit th

    Referral NonParole Periods Sentencing advisory council
    The Sentencing Advisory Council for Queensland was established under changes to the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (Qld), to help bridge any gap between community expectations, the courts and government on the complex issue of sentencing criminal offenders. The aims behind the Sentencing Advisory Council will be to promote greater consistency in sentencing; stimulate balanced public debate and

    Government Response to Sexual Offender Treatment Programs report
    In 2009, Queensland Corrective Services engaged the services of Professor Stephen Smallbone, from Griffith University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, to independently evaluate the effectiveness of its sex offender treatment programs with particular reference to their impact on recidivism rates. The evaluation considered the recidivism data of 409 adult males who had served a term of

    Response to Private Member s Bill - Criminal Proceeds Confiscation (Serious and Organised Crime Unexplained Wealth) Amendment Bill 2010
    The Member for Southern Downs and Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Mr Lawrence Springborg MP, introduced the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation (Serious and Organised Crime Unexplained Wealth) Amendment Bill 2010 as a Private Member’s Bill on 24 November 2010. The Bill amends the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002 (CPC Act) and the Drugs Misuse Act 1986 and allows the State to seek an unexplain

    Weapons Amendment Bill 2011
    In 2006, the then Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Sport announced a review of the Weapons Act 1990 and subordinate legislation and established the Weapons Review Committee that considered submissions from the public, the weapons industry and the Queensland Police Service. The Committee identified over 440 proposals for legislative change to the Act, the Weapons Categories Regulation 1

    Police Powers and Responsibilities (Motor Vehicle Impoundment) Amendment Bill 2011
    Between 2007 and 2009 the Queensland Police Service (QPS) evaluated the vehicle impoundment scheme under the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 (the Act). While the type 2 vehicle impoundment scheme was initially the subject of the evaluation, amendments are also made to the type 1 vehicle impoundment scheme where analogous provisions exist. Eight recommendations were made by the QPS t

    Penalties and Sentences and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012
    As part of its election commitments, the Government pledged to increase the penalty unit value from $100 to $110; and introduce a nominal administration fee on all criminal justice related outcomes in the Supreme and District ($300) and Magistrates ($100) Courts where an offender is found guilty.  The Penalties and Sentences and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 delivers on these commitments b

    Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2012
    As part of its election commitments the Queensland Government undertook to introduce amendments within its first 100 days of forming Government to toughen the sentences for evade police, murder (including the murder of a police officer) and serious assaults committed upon police officers. The Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2012 delivers on these pre-election commitments by: amending the Criminal Co

    Criminal Law Amendment Bill No.2 2012
    As part of its pre-election commitments, the Government committed to: ensuring that victim impact statements be read out in court if the victim wishes; toughening the sentencing laws for drug traffickers who target children; requiring drug traffickers to serve at least 80 percent of their sentence before parole eligibility; and requiring all graffiti offenders to remove graffiti and to strengthen

    Criminal Law Child Exploitation and Dangerous Drugs Amendment Bill 2012
    As part of its Six Month Action Plan the Queensland Government committed to amend laws to address: “synthetic drugs, penalties for child pornography and some child sex offences, including a new child grooming offence”. Key provisions of the Criminal Law (Child Exploitation and Dangerous Drugs) Amendment Bill 2012 deliver on these commitments by: amending the Criminal Code to: amend the definit

    Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Unexplained Wealth Serious Drug Offender Amendment Bill 2012
    In a pre-election commitment, the Government committed to ‘introduce tough new unexplained wealth and drug trafficker declarations to target the ill-gotten gains of drug criminals’. The Criminal Proceeds Confiscation (Unexplained Wealth and Serious Drug Offender Confiscation Order) Amendment Bill 2012: amends the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002 and the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 to i

    Weapons and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012
    In April 2012, the Government announced that it would introduce mandatory minimum penalties for weapons offences to address the illegal use of firearms. The Bill provides for mandatory minimum periods of imprisonment for the following offences under Weapons Act 1990 (the Act): unlawful trafficking (s 65), unlawful supply (s 50B) and unlawful possession of firearms (s 50). The Bill also provides fo

    Criminal Law Amendment (Public Interest Declaration) Amendment Bill 2013
    The Criminal Law Amendment (Public Interest Declarations) Amendment Bill 2013 amended the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1945 to empower the Governor in Council to declare that a relevant person must be detained under that Act. The Governor in Council may make a ‘public interest declaration’ if satisfied it is in the public interest to make the declaration. A ‘relevant person’ is a person who is subj

    Criminal Law Criminal Organisations Disruptions Bill 2013
    To deliver on the commitment to implement tougher laws to tackle criminal gangs, the Government has implemented a comprehensive package of legislative reforms contained in three Acts: the Tattoo Parlours Act 2013, the Vicious and Lawless Association Disestablishment Act 2013 and the Criminal Law (Criminal Organisations Disruption) Amendment Act 2013. As foreshadowed in Parliament during the Octob

    Penalties and Sentences Indexation Amendment Bill 2013
    The penalty unit is the basic monetary value for most fines and penalty infringement notices (PINs, commonly called ‘tickets’). When an offence is created by legislation, the legislation also prescribes the penalty. In most cases the penalty is prescribed as a multiple of the penalty unit. The value of the penalty unit is prescribed in section 5 of the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 and is $110

    Response to Private Members Bill Criminal Code Looting in Declared Areas
    The Member for Yeerongpilly introduced the Criminal Code (Looting in Declared Areas) Amendment Bill 2013 as a Private Member’s Bill in March 2013. The Explanatory Notes to the Bill indicate that the primary objective of the Bill is to amend Queensland’s Criminal Code to insert new item 13A (Stealing by looting in a declared area) into existing section 398, which sets the punishment regime for the

    Tattoo Parlours, Vicious Lawless Disestablishment and Criminal Organisations Disruption Bills
    On 28 September 2013, in the wake of violence at Broadbeach involving criminal motorcycle gangs, the Queensland Government announced its commitment to: adopt a zero tolerance crackdown on criminal gangs; provide whatever additional resources are necessary for the Queensland Police Service to carry out this crackdown; introduce a range of tougher laws to tackle criminal gangs; and support any move

    Appointment Criminal Organisation Public Interest Monitor
    The Criminal Organisation Act 2009 (the Act) seeks to disrupt and restrict the activities of organisations involved in serious criminal activity and to disrupt and restrict the activities of the members and associates of such organisations who are involved in serious criminal activity. Section 83 of the Act provides for the appointment of the Criminal Organisation Public Interest Monitor (COPIM)

    Crime and Misconduct and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014
    On 3 July 2013, the Queensland Government tabled its response in the Legislative Assembly to the two recent reviews of the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC): the review by the Independent Advisory Panel of the Crime and Misconduct Act 2001; and the inquiry by the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee (PCMC) into the CMC’s release and destruction of Fitzgerald Commission of Inquiry doc

    Criminal Code and Another Act (Stock) Amendment Bill 2014
    In January 2012, in response to primary industry calls for law reform on stock-related offending, the then Attorney-General approved the formation of a Stock Working Group to review provisions of the Criminal Code and other Acts relating to stock. The Chair of the working group was Mr John Jerrard QC, former Justice of the Queensland Court of Appeal, and the working group was made up of various st

    Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2014
    The main purpose of the Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2014 (the Bill) is to clarify or otherwise improve the operation of criminal law and criminal law related statutes within the portfolio of the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice. The Bill provides miscellaneous criminal law and other amendments to a number of Acts including: Acts Interpretation Act 1954; Bail Act 1980; Criminal Code; Dange

    Statutory review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 2009
    The Victims of Crime Assistance Act 2009 (VOCA Act) commenced in December 2009. The purposes of the Act are to declare the fundamental principles of justice to underlie the treatment of victims; implement the principles of justice and set out processes to make complaints about conduct inconsistent with the principles; and establish a financial assistance scheme for victims who have suffered from a

    Payroll Tax Rebate Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
    The Payroll Tax Rebate, Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 gives effect to a 2015 election commitment by the Government, funded for three years, in relation to a payroll tax rebate on the wages of apprentices and trainees (the Rebate). The Bill also proposed to amend the following: Payroll Tax Act 1971 – to give effect to the Rebate by extending the application of existing provis

    Criminal Law (Domestic Violence) Amendment Bill (No 2) 2015
    In February 2015, the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence provided its report, Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic Violence in Queensland (the report) to the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier and Minister for the Arts. The report contains 140 recommendations on how the Government and the Queensland community can better address and reduce domestic and family viole

    Australian Crime Commission (Queensland) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016
    CrimTrac is a national information management system which enables Australia’s law enforcement agencies to share information. In November 2015, all jurisdictions agreed that CrimTrac should be merged into the Australian Crime Commission (ACC). This will bring together Australia’s national criminal intelligence and information capabilities. The Australian Crime Commission (Queensland) and Other Leg

    Child Protection (Offender Reporting) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016
    The Government will introduce new legislation to give effect to recommendations made by the Crime and Corruption Commission through its review of the Child Protection (Offender Prohibition Order) Act 2008 (CPOPOA). The Child Protection (Offender Reporting) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 introduces a holistic response to reportable offender management, streamlines the administration of t

    Queensland Organised Crime Commission of Inquiry - Government Response
    The Queensland Organised Crime Commission of Inquiry commenced on 1 May 2015 by the Commissions of Inquiry Order (No. 1) 2015. Mr Michael Byrne QC was appointed as Commissioner to lead the Inquiry. The terms of reference required the Commission of Inquiry to focus on four key areas: major illicit drug and illicit drug precursor markets; online child sexual offending, including the child exploitat

    Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment Bill 2016
    The Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment Bill (the Bill) implements the Government’s primary legislative response to three reviews commissioned by the Government in relation to organised crime: Queensland Organised Crime Commission of Inquiry; Review of the Criminal Organisation Act 2009; and Taskforce on Organised Crime Legislation. The Bill also introduces the Government’s self-

    Responding to Crystal Methamphetamine in Queensland
    Ice is having a significant adverse impact across many Queensland communities. The increasing prevalence of the drug’s use, the disproportionate levels of harm it can cause, as well as the involvement of organised crime in its production, supply and distribution means that a coordinated whole of government response is needed to tackle this growing problem. Action on Ice is the Queensland Governmen

    Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016
    The Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (the Bill) makes legislative amendments to a range of health portfolio Acts to support the implementation of policy initiatives to protect and improve the health of Queenslanders, and to improve the operation of the Acts. The Bill amends: the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 to facilitate general practitioners having access to the Queensland

    Queensland sentinel events review into homicide and public sector mental health services
    In March 2015, the Queensland Government approved the commencement of a state-wide clinical review of sentinel events involving individuals with a mental illness, to be managed by Queensland Health (the Sentinel Events Review). An independent review committee was appointed to conduct the clinical review pursuant to the provisions of Part 6, Division 3, of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011.

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