Qld parliament gets down to work

Qld parliament gets down to work


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Queensland's 56th parliament is about to get to work on the first proper sitting day of the year.

Queensland's 56th parliament is about to get to work on the first proper sitting day of the year.

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Government set to introduce 16 pieces of legislation on first proper sitting day.

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Queensland's 56th parliament is about to get down to business after two days of formalities to start the term.

All 93 MPs were officially sworn in on Tuesday before parliament was officially opened by Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey on Wednesday.

After the formal first two days, Thursday will see the first proper sitting day, and it's due to be a busy one with the government set to introduce 16 pieces of legislation as well as a number of changes to parliamentary procedures.

The changes include how long parliament will sit each day, with changes to the sessional orders capping the day's proceedings to finish time of 7pm to be debated.

Continuing the "family-friendly" theme, changes could also be made to allow female MPs to breastfeed on the floor of state parliament.

It's been sparked by Labor MP Brittany Lauga bringing her infant daughter Odette into the chamber on Tuesday, which was technically a breach of the rule barring "strangers" from being on the floor of parliament.

The Labor government is planning to re-introduce 12 of the 15 bills which lapsed when the election was called last year, as well as new ones including legislation to crack down on dodgy tow truck operators.

It won't be introducing laws to ban developer donations to political parties, or laws to rein in land-clearing straight away, with both on the agenda within the first half of the year.

The first sitting day will also be a test of new Speaker Curtis Pitt to keep a rein on proceedings, after the Liberal National Party opposition strongly objected to his appointment.

Australian Associated Press

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