Bikies association law changes to be delayed a year
ONCE the pomp and ceremony of the first parliamentary sitting week finishes, the Palaszczuk Government isn't wasting any time getting down to business, as it seeks to begin the process of putting its election commitments into action.
The government plans on introducing five bills in its first week, most likely on Friday, the first real day of business, following the completion of the ceremonies which accompany a new government into parliament.
Labor plans on introducing legislation it brought up during the election campaign, with lowering the donation declaration threshold back to $1000 to be the first cab off the rank. It will also introduce legislation to 'restore autonomy of the Speaker', allow a crossbencher onto the Committee of the Legislative Assembly, the parliamentary committee which looks after the parliament, and link politician pay rises to the public sector increases.
Following up on a key promise of the campaign, tradespeople with criminal bikie gang associations will have their year-long reprieve made official, with the government planning on putting its 2016 review of the anti-association laws and VLAD into legislation.
The Newman Government laws would have put the licences of about 500,000 electricians, plumbers and other trade professionals into doubt, with its plan to strip named professions of their licences, if they were found to have criminal gang associations.