Energy and Water Ombudsman Amendment Act 2015 (QLD)
The Bill has been assented to and is currently awaiting legislative introduction from January 2016. The Bill proposes changes to energy consumer dispute resolution services. The Act can be read here.
Queensland Productivity Commission Act 2015 (QLD)
This Bill has been assented to and is awaiting legislative introduction. The Act establishes a Queensland Productivity Commission with the objectives of promoting the economic growth of the state. The Act can be read here.
Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015 (QLD)
This Bill has been assented to and is awaiting legislative introduction. The Act seeks to protect the Great Barrier Reef, as a World Heritage Site, by managing port development and minimising consequential effects on the reef. Dredging will be limited and the disposal of dredged material, if unable to be reused, will be restricted to environmentally approved land sites. The Act is in keeping with the Government’s election promises and the gradual implementation of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan. The Act can be read here.
Liquid Fuel Supply (Ethanol and Other Biofuels Mandate) Amendment Bill 2015 (QLD)
Queensland’s Utilities, Science and Innovation Committee has tanled a report on the Bill, supporting its introduction. The Bill will introduce reforms in the area of biofuels by amending the Liquid Fuels Supply Act 1984 (QLD). The Bill seeks to promote the growth of the biofuel industry in Queensland by attaching bio-fuel minimum percentage mandates to certain fuel sellers. The government hopes such mandates will encourage stability and investment in the State’s biofuel industry. The Committee’s Report can be read here.
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