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Thursday 20 August 2020

This afternoon, at Government House, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, received the Deputy Clerk of the Queensland Parliament, Mr Michael Ries for the presentation of the following six Bills, to which the Governor granted Assent:

Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020: A bill for an Act to amend the Acquisition of Land Act 1967, the Environmental Protection Act 1994, the Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Act 2018 and the legislation mentioned in schedule 1 for particular purposes; 

Biodiscovery and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020: A bill for an Act to amend the Biodiscovery Act 2004 and the Right to Information Act 2009 for particular purposes;

Forest Wind Farm Development Bill 2020: A bill for an Act to enable the establishment and operation of a wind farm in certain State forests, and to amend this Act, the Forestry Act 1959, the Land Act 1994 and the Planning Act 2016 for particular purposes;

Queensland Future Fund Bill 2020: A bill for an Act to establish a fund for reducing the State’s debt, and to amend this Act, the Financial Accountability Act 2009 and the Superannuation (State Public Sector) Act 1990 for particular purposes;

Royalty Legislation Amendment Bill 2020: A bill for an Act to amend the Betting Tax Act 2018, the Duties Act 2001, the First Home Owner Grant Act 2000, the Judicial Review Act 1991, the Mineral Resources Act 1989, the Mineral Resources Regulation 2013, the Payroll Tax Act 1971, the Petroleum Act 1923, the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004, the Petroleum and Gas (Royalty) Regulation 2004, the Taxation Administration Act 2001, the Taxation Administration Regulation 2012 and the legislation mentioned in schedule 1 for particular purposes;

Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2020: A bill for an Act to amend the Ambulance Service Act 1991, the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011, the Medicines and Poisons Act 2019, the Private Health Facilities Act 1999, the Public Health Act 2005, the Queensland Mental Health Commission Act 2013 and the legislation mentioned in schedule 1 for particular purposes.

The granting of Royal Assent to bills passed by the Legislative Assembly is one of the Governor's key constitutional duties, and is an integral part of an Act of Parliament becoming the law of the land.