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Constitution of Queensland 2001 – 23 September 2016

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Members of the Legislative Assembly (Parliament) are elected by inhabitants of the State. An adult Australian citizen living in Queensland is eligible to be elected as a member.

  • Sections 10, 11, 21

The Legislative Assembly must ensure each Bill for an Act that is proposed for enactment is referred to a portfolio committee, or another committee of the Legislative Assembly, for examination by the committee.

  • Section 26B

There is a Governor of Queensland. The main functions of the Governor are to appoint Ministers of the State and to preside over meetings of the Executive Council.

  • Sections 29, 33, 34, 37, 43, 44, 48, 50

The Governor may grant an offender a reduction in the sentence or fine imposed.

  • Section 36

There is a Supreme Court of Queensland and a District Court of Queensland.

  • Sections 57, 58

The Governor may appoint a barrister or solicitor of at least 5 years standing as a judge.

  • Section 59

There is a system of local governments established in Queensland. Each local government is elected and charged with the good rule and government of a part of Queensland.

  • Sections 70, 71
Reason for law

To declare, consolidate and modernise the Constitution of Queensland. (Section 3)

Relevant links

The Executive Government of Queensland



Assistant Ministers

Government House Queensland

Council of Australian Governments (COAG)

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Westminster Foundation for Democracy

Inter-Parliamentary Union
PARLINE Database on National Parliaments

Democracy [Council of Europe]

The Samuel Griffith Society

Queensland Contracts Directory

Suggested links

Sydney Democracy Network

Quotes from the Christian Bible
  • Romans 13:1-5: Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.

An Assistant’s Minister’s appointment should not be validly ended for ‘no reason’. The wording of subsection 26(3) can be improved.

In the interests of our free modern society, section 39 should be repealed so that the Queen cannot exercise statutory powers when personally present in Queensland.

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