Past Inquiries

Inquiry Report By Submissions Closed

Committee Secretariat Contact

Parliament House
George Street


Committee Membership

Mrs Carryn Sullivan MP, Chair, Member for Pumicestone
Mr Andrew Cripps MP, Deputy Chair, Member for Hinchinbrook
Mr Jack Dempsey MP, Member for Bundaberg
Ms Di Farmer MP, Member for Bulimba
Mr Peter Lawlor MP, Member for Southport
Mr Andrew Powell MP, Member for Glass House

Change in membership
On 4 August 2011, the House resolved that Mr Andrew Powell MP, Member for Glass House, be appointed to the Environment, Agriculture, Resources and Energy Committee in place of Mr Steve Dickson MP, Member for Buderim.

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 Environment, Agriculture, Resources and Energy Committee was established by the Queensland Legislative Assembly on 16 June 2011 as a portfolio committee with responsibility for the following portfolios:

  • Minister for Energy and Water Utilities;
  • Minister for Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure;
  • Minister for Agriculture, Food and Regional Economies;
  • Minister for Employment, Skills and Mining;
  • Minister for Environment; and
  • Minister for Finance, Natural Resources and The Arts.

The committee's areas of responsibility were:

  • Food;
  • Agriculture;
  • Regional economies;
  • Mines;
  • Energy;
  • Water;
  • Natural Resource Management;
  • Environment; and
  • Fisheries.

In relation to its areas of responsibility, the committee's role was to:

  • examine bills to consider the policy to be enacted;
  • examine the budget estimates for the portfolios within its responsibility;
  • examine bills for the application of the fundamental legislative principles set out in s.4 of the Legislative Standards Act 1992 (Qld);
  • consider the lawfulness of subordinate legislation;
  • assess the public accounts of each portfolio unit 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; and
  • consider portfolio 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 was also required to 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.