Committee encourages public to have its say on extension of COVID-19 response laws

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The Economics and Governance Committee of the Queensland Parliament is calling for members of the public to have their say on proposals to extend the operation of a series of temporary COVID-19 response laws.

The extension of the proposed laws would be effected by the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021, which was introduced in Parliament last week, and would ensure the various response measures remain in place through to 30 September 2021, unless an earlier expiry date is specified.

The measures include a range of temporary provisions relating to the planning framework and environmental approvals, the operation of bodies corporate, rights and obligations under negotiated lease agreements (including rent relief arrangements), the operation of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner, takeaway liquor sales, and various public health related provisions governing the care of adults with a cognitive or intellectual disability, the delivery of mental health services, and the operation of prisons and youth detention centres.

The bill also makes provision for local governments to adjust rates and charges over the course of 2021-22, and includes various measures to facilitate the holding of local government by-elections and fresh elections in a way that helps minimise health and safety risks associated with COVID-19, should any such elections be required.

The Economics and Governance Committee, which has been tasked with examining the bill, is inviting interested organisations, businesses and members of the public to make a written submission sharing any issues, concerns or suggestions in relation to extension and operation of the response measures, by 12pm midday this Friday 19 March 2021.

The committee will also receive a public briefing on the bill from government officials from 9.45am to 10.30am on Monday 22 March 2021 at Parliament House in Brisbane, with the proceedings to be live streamed on ParliamentTV.

Further committee activities, including a possible public hearing with stakeholders on Monday 29 March 2021, will be confirmed by the committee in due course.

More information about the committee's inquiry into the bill, including information on the affected measures and how to make a submission to the committee, is available on the inquiry webpage.

Inquiry timeline

Close of submissions:

12.00pm midday, Friday 19 March 2021

Public briefing:

9.45am-10.30am, Monday 22 March 2021 (Parliament House, broadcast live on ParliamentTV)

Public hearing (TBC):

Monday 29 March 2021

Committee report to Parliament on the bill:

Wednesday 14 April 2021

 

For further information: please contact the Economics and Governance Committee secretariat on (07) 3553 6637 or by email to egc@parliament.qld.gov.au or visit the committee's inquiry webpage.

Committee Members

Mr Linus Power MP, Member for Logan (Chair)

Mr Ray Stevens MP, Member for Mermaid Beach (Deputy Chair)

Mrs Melissa McMahon MP, Member for Macalister

Mr Michael Crandon MP, Member for Coomera

Mr Adrian Tantari MP, Member for Hervey Bay

Mr Dan Purdie MP, Member for Ninderry

 
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