Police Powers and Responsibilities and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

About the Bill 

On 15 September 2021 the Hon Mark Ryan MP, Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services introduced the Police Powers and Responsibilities and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 into the Queensland Parliament. The Bill was referred to the Legal Affairs and Safety Committee for detailed consideration. 

The purpose of the Bill is to:

  • reduce knife crime by expanding the police banning notice regime to apply to a person (adult) who unlawfully possesses a knife in a relevant public place
  • limit re-traumatisation of victims’ families and friends by introducing a new framework for parole decisions about a life sentenced prisoner who has committed multiple murders or who has murdered a child
  • strengthen the ‘No Body, No Parole’ (NBNP) framework to incentivise earlier prisoner co-operation to locate a homicide victim’s remains,
  • provide the Parole Board Queensland (the Board) with greater flexibility to respond to increased workload and the risks different prisoners pose to community safety,
  • create administrative and operational efficiencies for the Queensland Police Service (QPS), enhance intelligence gathering about dangerous drugs and ensure Commonwealth child sexual abuse offences are updated in Queensland legislation
  • create indictable offences for wilfully and unlawfully killing or seriously injuring a Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) dog, or QPS dog or horse, reflecting the seriousness of the offences in line with community expectations.

View: Introductory speech
View: Bill
View: Explanatory Notes
View: Statement of compatibility

Call for submissions 

Submissions closed on Friday 8 October 2021.

Public hearing 

The committee will hold a public hearing for the inquiry on Friday 15 October 2021. Further information will be provided in due course.

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Committee’s report

The committee is due to table its report on 1 November 2021. The report will be published here.

Once the committee’s report has been tabled, the Government has three months to respond to the report’s recommendations (if any). At that time, the Government Response will be published here.

Timeline

Submissions closed:12:00 noon, Friday 8 October 2021
Public briefing:1:30pm – 2:30pm, Wednesday 29 September 2021 - program - broadcast - transcript
Public hearing:1.25pm to 2.20pm, Friday 15 October 2021 - program
Report due date:1 November 2021
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