Qld Environment Laws Might Face Delays

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New laws aimed at holding businessmen like Clive Palmer to account over their environmental responsibilities might not have time to be passed in Queensland parliament this week.

The government has a packed legislative agenda for the only parliamentary sitting week this month, meaning the Environmental Protection (Chain of Responsibility) Amendment Bill 2016 might not have time to be debated.

That’s despite Environment Minister Steven Miles saying he’d like the laws to be passed by the end of the week.

They aim to stop taxpayers footing the bill if businesses go under but leave environmental clean-up to the government.

Dr Miles used Palmer-owned Queensland Nickel and Linc Energy, which last week went into voluntary administration, as examples.

However, the parliament will debate four other pieces of legislation before that one is considered, including changes to domestic violence laws and a bill aimed at restoring the Crime and Corruption Commission’s “independence and integrity”.

Wednesday night will also be spent debating laws introduced by Katter’s Australian Party to punish Uber drivers with penalties like demerit points.

Meanwhile, the government plans to introduce four pieces of legislation during the sitting week.

They include laws to strengthen parliament’s committee system, the introduction of the National Injury Insurance Scheme, changes to youth justice laws and new counter-terrorism measures.

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