Past Inquiries

Inquiry Report By Submissions Closed

Committee Secretariat Contact

Parliament House
George Street


Committee Membership

Ms Barbara Stone MP, Chair, Member for Springwood
Mr John-Paul Langbroek MP, Deputy Chair, Member for Surfers Paradise
Mr Jarrod Bleijie MP, Member for Kawana
Mr Chris Foley MP, Member for Maryborough
Mrs Betty Kiernan MP, Member for Mount Isa
Hon Dean Wells MP, Member for Murrumba

Functions of the Committee

The information on this page relates to the committee of the 53rd Parliament, which ended with the dissolution of the Parliament on 19 February 2012. 


The Legal Affairs, Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services Committee was established by the Queensland Legislative Assembly on 16 June 2011.  The committee was a portfolio committee of the Legislative Assembly with the following areas of responsibility:

  • Department of Justice and Attorney-General (excluding Industrial Relations);
  • Department of Police; and
  • Department of Community Safety.

In relation to its areas of responsibility, the committee:

  • examines bills to consider the policy to be enacted;
  • examines the estimates of each department;
  • examines bills for the application of the fundamental legislative principles set out in s.4 of the Legislative Standards Act 1994;
  • considers the lawfulness of subordinate legislation;
  • assesses the public accounts of each department in regard to the integrity, economy, efficiency and effectiveness of financial management by:
    • examining government financial documents; and
    • considering the annual and other reports of the auditor-general;
  • considers departments’ public works in light of matters including, but not limited to the:
    • suitability of the works for the purpose,
    • necessity for the works,
    • value for money of the works,
    • revenue produced by, and recurrent costs of, the works, or estimates of revenue and costs,
    • present and prospective public value of the works,
    • procurement methods used for the works, and
    • actual suitability of the works in meeting the needs in and achieving the stated purpose of the works.

The committee also had a monitor and review function in relation to the performance of the functions of the Criminal Organisation Public Interest Monitor, the Ombudsman and the Information Commissioner, and must be consulted regarding senior appointments to the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

The committee must deal with any issue referred to it by the Legislative Assembly or under an Act, whether or not the issue is within the committee’s areas of responsibility.