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Proposed changes to the Anti Discrimination Act

Request for submissions by the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee, Parliament House
Letter recieved by Respect Inc Management Committee on the 2nd November 2012 Dear Stakeholder, Youth Justice (Boot Camp Orders) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 The Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee (the Committee) is a committee of the Legislative Assembly. The Committee has esponsibilities in the portfolio areas of Attorney-General and Justice, Police and Community Safety. Part of the Committee’s role is to examine Bills introduced into the Parliament and referred to the Committee. On 1 November 2012, the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Hon Jarrod Bleijie MP, introduced the Youth Justice (Boot Camp Orders) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 into Parliament and referred the Bill to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee for consideration. The Committee is required to report to the House by Thursday, 22 November 2012. Objective of the Bill The primary objectives of the Bill, as set out in the Explanatory Notes, are to amend the: 1. Youth Justice Act 1992 to: • introduce a Boot Camp Order as an option instead of detention for young offenders; and • remove the option of court referred youth justice conferencing. 2. Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 to introduce new exemptions in relation to: • accommodation used in connection with work as a sex worker; and • the imposition of eligibility requirements based on citizenship or visa status in government policies for the provision of assistance, services or support; and 3. Fiscal Repair Amendment Act 2012 to bring forward the commencement date (from 1 July 2013 to 1 January 2013) of sections that transfer the powers of the Queensland Liquor and Gaming Commission and chief executive under the Gaming Machine Act 1991 and Liquor Act 1992 to a Queensland Liquor and Gaming Commissioner. Reasons for the Bill Reasons for the Bill appear on pages 1-5 of the Explanatory Notes which can be accessed from the Committee’s website. Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee Call for Submissions The Committee is seeking submissions from the public and identified stakeholders and invites you to make a written submission. An information sheet which provides guidelines on making a submission can be found at: www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/committees/guidelines/Guide_MakingASubmission_WebVersion.pdf. We would appreciate you passing our call for submissions on to anyone you believe might be interested in this issue. Written submissions should be emailed to lacsc@parliament.qld.gov.au or sent to: Research Director Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee Parliament House George Street Brisbane Qld 4000 The closing date for submissions has been set at Thursday, 8 November 2012. The Bill, Explanatory Notes, and Hansard transcript of the Explanatory Speech are available from the Committee’s website at: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/en/work-ofcommittees/committees/LACSC/inquiries/current-inquiries/YouthJustice If you have any queries regarding this matter, please contact the Committee Secretariat on (07) 3406 7307. Further information about the Committee and its work is available at www.parliament.qld.gov.au/lacsc.