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Parliament House George Street BRISBANE QLD 4000

Phone: 07 3553 6626


Committee Membership

Mr Aaron Harper MP, Member for Thuringowa, Chair
Mr Robert (Rob) Molhoek MP, Member for Southport, Deputy Chair
Mr Stephen (Steve) Andrew MP, Member for Mirani
Mr Craig Crawford MP, Member for Barron River
Mr James Martin MP, Member for Stretton
Mr Samuel (Sam) O'Connor MP, Member for Bonney

Functions of the Committee

The Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee of the 57th Parliament was established by the Queensland Legislative Assembly on 13 February 2024 as a portfolio committee. 

The committee has responsibility for the following portfolio areas:

  • Health, Mental Health, Ambulance Services and Women
  • Agricultural Industry Development, Fisheries and Rural Communities
  • Environment, Great Barrier Reef, Science and Innovation

In relation to its areas of responsibility, the committee:

  • examines Bills and subordinate legislation to consider the policy to be enacted and the application of the fundamental legislative principles set out in section 4 of the Legislative Standards Act 1992 and compatibility with the Human Rights Act 2019.
  • examines the estimates of each department
  • investigates 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
  • assesses public accounts in its portfolio area in regard to integrity, economy, efficiency and effectiveness of financial management
  • assesses public works in its portfolio area in regard to the suitability of the works for the purpose.

The committee may initiate an inquiry into anything it considers appropriate within its portfolio area. 

The committee also has a monitor and review function in relation to the performance of the functions of the operation of the health complaints management system. This includes monitoring and reviewing the performance of the Office of the Health Ombudsman, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the 15 registered health practitioner National Boards. 

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Dr Jodhi Rutherford, Committee Secretary
Ms Rhyll Duncan, Assistant Committee Secretary
Ms Lizzie Nardo, Committee Support Officer


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