The Parliament of Queensland enacts—
This Act may be cited as the Constitution of Queensland and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2016 .
This part amends the Constitution of Queensland 2001 .
After section 4—
4AParticular amendments of this Act(1)This section applies to a Bill for an Act to amend this Act respecting the constitution, powers or procedure of the Parliament.See the Australia Act 1986 (Cwlth), section 6.(2)The Bill must not be presented to the Governor for assent unless the Bill has been passed by an absolute majority of the Legislative Assembly.(3) The Bill has no effect as an Act if assented to after presentation in contravention of subsection (2).(4) For deciding whether the Bill has been passed by an absolute majority of the Legislative Assembly—(a)if the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly or Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly presiding exercises a casting vote in favour of the ‘ayes’, the casting vote is counted; and(b)if an absent member of the Legislative Assembly votes by proxy or another method allowed under an Act and the vote cast is in favour of the ‘ayes’, the vote is counted.(5) In this section—absolute majority, of the Legislative Assembly, means a majority of the number of members of the Legislative Assembly under section 11.
26AEstablishment of portfolio committees(1)The Legislative Assembly must, at the beginning of every session of the Legislative Assembly, establish at least 6 committees of the Legislative Assembly (portfolio committees).(2)The Legislative Assembly must allocate areas of responsibility to each portfolio committee that collectively cover all areas of government activity.See also the Parliament of Queensland Act 2001 for provisions about the membership and operation of portfolio committees.(3)This section does not limit the Legislative Assembly’s power to establish committees and confer functions and powers on committees.
26BRequirement for proposed legislation to be considered by committees(1)The Legislative Assembly must ensure each Bill for an Act that is proposed for enactment is referred to a portfolio committee, or another committee of the Legislative Assembly, for examination by the committee.(2)The period of the referral must be at least 6 weeks from the date of the referral.(3)This section does not prevent the Legislative Assembly, by ordinary majority, doing any of the following under the standing rules and orders of the Legislative Assembly—(a)declaring a Bill to be an urgent Bill;(b)referring an urgent Bill to a committee for less than 6 weeks;(c)for a Bill declared to be an urgent Bill after it is referred to a committee—discharging the Bill from the committee less than 6 weeks after the referral;(d)deciding not to refer an urgent Bill to a committee before the Bill is passed by the Legislative Assembly.
26CSpecial provision for annual appropriation Bills(1)The Legislative Assembly must ensure each Bill for an annual appropriation Act is referred to the portfolio committees for examination in a public hearing.(2)The referred Bill must be accompanied by any associated documentation tabled in the Legislative Assembly that—(a)explains the appropriation the subject of the Bill; and(b)includes estimates of the expenditure for the financial year of the departments of government to which the Bill relates, or the Legislative Assembly and parliamentary service, whichever is relevant.(3)In this section—annual appropriation Act means an Act that appropriates an amount from the consolidated fund for departments of government, or the Legislative Assembly and parliamentary service, for a financial year.
This part amends the Parliament of Queensland Act 2001 .
5Amendment of s 11 (Standing rules and orders may be made)
Section 11(2), note—
6Amendment of s 78 (Main object of ch 5 and its achievement)
omit, insert—(b)providing for the membership and operation of portfolio committees; and
7Amendment of s 88 (Establishment)
omit, insert—(1)The Assembly must, by standing rules and orders, establish committees as required under the Constitution of Queensland 2001 , section 26A (portfolio committees).
8Amendment of s 92 (Role generally)
insert—(d)initiate an inquiry into any other matter it considers appropriate.
179Continuation of existing portfolio committees(1)This section applies to a portfolio committee established under section 88 immediately before the commencement.(2)On the commencement, the portfolio committee is taken to be established as a committee of the Assembly under the Constitution of Queensland 2001 , section 26A.
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