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What is ‘subordinate legislation’

Subordinate legislation (sometimes called ‘delegated’ legislation) is a category of statutory instrument made by an entity acting under the authority of an Act. Subordinate legislation includes: regulations (the majority of instruments of subordinate legislation are regulations) proclamations (these instruments are mainly used to fix the commencement of provisions of an Act) rules (the most common examples are the rules of court) standards notices orders by-laws. With the exception of a special category of subordinate legislation (called exempt subordinate legislation)

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What is an ‘Act’

A Bill that has been passed by the Legislative Assembly and presented to the Governor for royal assent becomes an Act on receiving that assent. At that point, the Act becomes a law of the State but whether or not its provisions start to operate depends on whether they have ‘commenced’. Acts are sometimes called primary or principal legislation. Each Act of the Queensland Parliament can be uniquely identified by its short title and number

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What is the Record of Proceedings

The Record of Proceedings—commonly referred to as Hansard—is the official record of the Legislative Assembly. Among other things, it includes details of the: sponsoring Minister’s or member’s explanatory speech when introducing a Bill debate about a Bill stage of progression a Bill has reached in the Legislative Assembly text of all amendments to a Bill and whether they were agreed to date of assent of a Bill. Hansard is published daily on Parliament’s website www.parliament.qld.gov.au when Parliament is sitting

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What are ‘Bills’

Bills are proposed laws introduced into the Legislative Assembly. If agreed to by the Parliament, they become Acts. In Queensland all Government Bills are drafted by the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel (OQPC) on receipt of a specific Cabinet authority which justifies the need for legislation. This is an important step in the process as not everything the Government seeks to achieve needs to be implemented by legislation. Most Bills are Government Bills and are introduced into Parliament by the Minister whose responsibilities cover the Bill’s subject matter. However, OQPC also [...]

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Legislation in Queensland

Laws are the formal rules that regulate our behaviour. The law in Queensland is made by or under the authority of our Parliament or the Parliament of the Commonwealth (statute law) and by the courts (common law). Queensland’s principal law-making body is the Parliament of Queensland. The Parliament comprises the Queen (whose representative in Queensland is the Governor) and the Legislative Assembly which consists of our elected Members of the Parliament. Unlike other Australian States, Queensland has a unicameral (or single chamber) Parliament. Other States have both a Lower House and an [...]

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