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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Palaszczuk Government re-commits to reform agenda

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    Palaszczuk Government re-commits to reform agenda

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath has reinforced the Palaszczuk Government’s reform agenda by re-introducing key outstanding bills in the first sitting week of the 56th parliament.

    The Crime and Corruption and Other Legislation Amendment Bill widens the definition of corrupt conduct and provides the Crime and Corruption Commission with broader investigative powers.

    The Guardianship and Administration and Other Legislation Bill reforms Guardianship laws to deliver a stronger, safer and simpler system to protect Queensland’s most vulnerable.

    “These are vital reforms, illustrating our commitment to open, transparent government, and to social reforms that meet the community’s needs,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    Both bills were introduced into parliament in 2017 but lapsed when the Queensland election was called.

    “It gives me great pleasure to reintroduce these bills to the house in the first parliamentary sitting week of the re-elected Palaszczuk Government,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “The Guardianship Bill will enhance safeguards for adults with impaired capacity, and improve the efficiency and clarity of our guardianship system.”

    Specifically, it will:

    • Improve the financial remedies available to adults whose administrators, guardians or attorneys have failed to comply with their duties under guardianship legislation 
    • Create a new criminal offence prohibiting any reprisals against whistleblowers who disclose information in the guardianship context 
    • Introduce a statutory exception to ademption to stop gifts of specific property or items in wills from failing – that is, if a property is sold or disposed of before a person’s death, the intended beneficiary will still benefit from the residual estate 
    • Allow QCAT to appoint an administrator to exercise financial decision-making powers on behalf of a missing person 
    • Strengthen the eligibility requirements for an attorney under an enduring power of attorney, so that they must have capacity for a matter and must not have been a paid carer for the principal (the adult) in the previous three years; and 
    • Clarify the capacity needed for an adult to execute an advance health directive or an enduring power of attorney

     

    Meanwhile, the CCC Billre-introduced today will widen the definition of “corrupt conduct” to capture people outside the public sector who impair public confidence in public administration.

    “The Bill also increases the CCC’s investigatory powers, to investigate conduct liable to allow, encourage or cause corrupt conduct,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “This change will enable the Commission to investigate and proactively address corruption risks and reaffirms the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to the highest standards of integrity.”

    Both Bills will now return to committee for further consideration.

     

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