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Electoral Amendment Bill 2008
In April 2008, the Premier announced that the Queensland Government would make the following amendments to the Electoral Act 1992: reduce the electoral donation disclosure threshold from the current $1,500 to $1,000; increase public scrutiny of donations by reducing disclosure timeframes for donations from 12 months to six months; tie election funding to reported and verified electoral expendit

Electoral Reform and Accountability Bill 2011
The Electoral Reform and Accountability Bill 2011 proposes reforms to Queensland’s electoral system to increase the transparency of relationships between political parties, candidates and donors. The Bill builds on the integrity and accountability reforms introduced by the State Government. The Government committed in 2009 to introduce a cap on political donations if the Commonwealth Government

Response to Private Members Bill Electoral Reform Bill
The Member for Beaudesert, Aidan McLindon MP, introduced the Electoral Reform Bill 2010 as a Private Member’s Bill in November 2010. The Explanatory Notes to the Bill state that the objective of the Bill is to amend the Electoral Act 1992 to: introduce a compulsory preferential method of voting; introduce a voluntary voting system; prohibit the distribution of how-to-vote cards; and prohibit the

Guardianship and Administration and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012
As part of the Queensland Government’s 100 day action plan, the Government committed to ‘commence drafting legislative amendments to install the Independent Public Advocate as a statutory authority’, within the first 30 days. The Public Advocate is established under the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 as an integral part of Queensland’s guardianship system, which protects and promotes th

Reappointment to Local Government Change Commission
The Local Government Act 2009 provides for the Local Government Change Commission to assess proposed local government changes including changes to a local government’s area, name or representation. The Commission is constituted by the Electoral Commissioner of Queensland or any combination of the Electoral Commissioner, deputy electoral commissioner or casual commissioner, as required and as nomi

Electoral Reform Amendment Bill 2013
The Electoral Reform Amendment Bill 2013 amends the Electoral Act 1992, which governs parliamentary elections in Queensland, to: remove the caps on political donations and electoral expenditure; introduce a new public electoral funding model, including a Policy Development Payment to registered political parties with an elected member; introduce monthly disclosure of political donations of $12 400

Appointment Electoral Commissioner
Section 20 of the Electoral Act 1992 provides that there is to be an Electoral Commissioner. The role of the Electoral Commissioner is to administer the electoral laws of Queensland, conduct free and democratic parliamentary and industrial elections and review local government boundaries. The Electoral Commissioner is also responsible for the management of the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
The Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 proposes amendments to the Local Government Electoral Act 2011 and the Queensland Reconstruction Authority Act 2011. To ensure local government elections are run to the same high standards of independence and efficiency as state and federal elections, the Bill amends the Local Government Electoral Act 2011 to ensure a local government

Appointment to the Electoral Commission of Queensland
Section 6 of the Electoral Act 1992 (the Act) provides for the establishment of the Electoral Commission of Queensland and for the appointment of commissioners. When performing its functions under Part 3 of the Act, the Electoral Commission of Queensland is to be comprised of a chairperson, the Electoral Commissioner and one other commissioner and the Electoral Commission of Queensland is known a

Local Government Electoral (Transparency and Accountability in Local Government) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016)
The Local Government Electoral (Transparency and Accountability in Local Government) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 proposes amendments to the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (AI Act), the Building Act 1975 (Building Act), the Local Government Electoral Act 2011 (LGEA), the Planning Act 2016 (Planning Act), the Planning and Environment Court Act 2016 (PECA), the Planning (Consequent

Panel report review of referendum on four year fixed terms and Toowoomba South byelection
Following the holding of the referendum on four-year fixed parliamentary terms (referendum) in conjunction with local government elections on 9 March 2016, various sources reported a number of voter concerns. On 21 July 2016, the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills (Attorney-General) announced that a panel would be appointed to conduct an independent ex

Appointments of Casual Commissioners to Local Government Change Commission
The Local Government Act 2009 (LGA) provides for the Local Government Change Commission to assess whether a proposed local government change is in the public interest. Local Government changes include changes to a Local Government area, representation, name or classification. Similarly for Brisbane City Council, the City of Brisbane Act 2010 chapter 2, part 4 provides for the Local Government Chan

Appointment of Electoral Commissioner
Section 20 of the Electoral Act 1992 (the Act) provides that there is to be an Electoral Commissioner. The role of the Electoral Commissioner is to administer the electoral laws of Queensland, conduct free and democratic parliamentary and industrial elections and review local government boundaries. The Electoral Commissioner is also responsible for the management of the Electoral Commission of Qu

Local Government (Integrity) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
The Local Government (Integrity) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (the Bill) continues the Government’s rolling program of reforms to improve accountability, transparency and integrity in the Local Government system and Local Government elections. The program of reforms includes: the passage of the Local Government Electoral (Implementing Stage 1 of Belcarra) and Other Legislation Amendme

Electoral and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
The Electoral and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (the Bill) is proposed to: implement the further legislative stage of the Government’s response to certain recommendations in the Report of the Crime and Corruption Commission titled Operation Belcarra: A blueprint for integrity and addressing corruption risk in local government; facilitate operational improvements and support efficiencies in

Electoral (Accountability, Integrity and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2019
The Electoral and Other Legislation (Accountability, Integrity and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2019 (the Bill) provides for reforms to the State electoral system, including: introduction of electoral expenditure caps and donations caps for registered political parties and their associated entities, candidates and third parties involved in electoral campaigning; increases to public election fun

Publicising Crime and Corruption Commission allegations - Local and State elections
In December 2016, the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) released a report titled Publicising allegations of corrupt conduct: Is it in the Public Interest. This report recommended the government consider making it an offence for a person to publicise allegations of corrupt conduct or CCC complaints about a councillor or candidate in a local government election period. In July 2020, the CCC repo

Parliamentary Committee Report into electoral expenditure caps at Local Government elections
On 28 November 2019, the Electoral and Other Legislation (Accountability, Integrity and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2019 was introduced into the Legislative Assembly and referred to the Economics and Governance Committee for consideration and report. The Bill included proposed amendments relating to State elections and the conduct of Ministers and Local Government Councillors in managing conflic