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Committee Secretariat Contact

Parliament House
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Brisbane Qld 4001

Phone: 0735536641


Committee Membership

Mr Peter Russo MP (Chair), Member for Toohey
Mr Mark Boothman MP (Deputy Chair), Member for Theodore
Mr Stephen Andrew MP, Member for Mirani
Ms Jonty Bush MP, Member for Cooper
Mr Jason Hunt MP, Member for Caloundra
Mr Jon Krause MP, Member for Scenic Rim

Functions of the Committee

The Community Safety and Legal Affairs Committee of the 57th Parliament was established by the Queensland Legislative Assembly on 13 February 2024 as a portfolio committee with responsibility for the following portfolio areas:

  • Justice and Attorney General
  • Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
  • Police and Community Safety
  • Fire and Disaster Recovery
  • Corrective Services

In relation to its areas of responsibility, the committee:

  • examines Bills and subordinate legislation to consider the policy to be enacted, the application of the fundamental legislative principles set out in section 4 of the Legislative Standards Act 1992, and the compatibility of the legislation with the Human Rights Act 2019
  • examines the estimates of each department (and relevant statutory agencies)
  • 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 the 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 also initiate an inquiry into anything it considers appropriate within its portfolio area. 

In addition, the committee has a monitor and review function in relation to the performance of the functions of the Information Commissioner, the Ombudsman and the Queensland Family and Child Commission. The committee must also be consulted regarding senior appointments to the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

The committee does not have jurisdiction to investigate individual complaints in relation to those statutory offices. 

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Ms Mary Westcott, Committee Secretary
Mr Robin Pelenyi, Assistant Committee Secretary
Ms Kelli Longworth, Assistant Committee Secretary (Mon-Tue)
Mrs Janette van den Berg, Committee Support Officer


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