A landmark achievement in the campaign to criminalise coercive control, and a milestone legislation passes in parliament as we kick off our journey to the 2032 Olympics.
The legislation establishing the Brisbane Organising Committee and governance for the 2032 Olympics – the Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games Arrangements Bill 2021, has passed the Parliament in a first of many key milestones in the lead-up to the Olympic Games. We have already seen organisations such as the Council of Mayors of SEQ launching their campaign ‘Let’s Get Moving!’ earlier this month. The campaign is aimed at the three levels of government to work together in delivering the critical transport and other infrastructure required to deliver a successful Olympic Games and a legacy in better getting around our growing region.
The Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman tabled a report in how to best legislate against coercive control and the necessary stages involved in education frontline responders and the general public. This is a huge milestone, particularly for Queensland's Australians of the Year Sue and Lloyd Clarke and our client - the Small Steps 4 Hanna Foundation, who have been campaigning for this change and to raise awareness.
As foreshadowed a few months ago the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Commission has, after its inquiry into the sacked Logan councillors, handed down a damning report into the CCC and it’s culture. The report has recommended an inquiry be launched into the CCC more broadly and how it decides to lay charges. There have also been calls for the resignation of the CCC Chair, Alan MacSporran. While the report didn’t make this specific recommendation, his future as the chair will be something the government will have to deal with early next year if the storm surrounding the CCC doesn’t subside.
Pictured: Queensland's Australians of the Year Sue and Lloyd Clarke and Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman