Committee encourages public to have its say on extension of COVID-19 response laws
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 submissionsharing any issues, concerns or suggestions in relation to extension and operation of the response measures,by 12pm midday thisFriday 19 March 2021.
The committee will also receive apublic briefingon the bill from government officialsfrom 9.45am to 10.30am on Monday 22 March 2021at Parliament House in Brisbane, with the proceedings to be live streamed onParliamentTV.
Further committee activities, including apossible public hearingwith stakeholders onMonday 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 theinquiry webpage.
Close of submissions:
12.00pm midday, Friday 19 March 2021
9.45am-10.30am, Monday 22 March 2021 (Parliament House, broadcast live onParliamentTV)