Contentious bills could test minority Palaszczuk Government numbers in Queensland Parliament

The minority Palaszczuk Government's numbers in Queensland Parliament could be tested this week by several contentious pieces of legislation, including a bill to ensure taxpayers do not pay to clean up Clive Palmer's nickel refinery in Townsville.

Key points:

  • Palaszczuk Government's Environmental Protection Bill called a 'dog's breakfast' by Opposition
  • Katter's Australian Party to vote against the Racing Integrity Bill, independent MP Rob Pyne has misgivings
  • KAP has a controversial bill up for debate that would impose demerit points on Uber drivers

The Environmental Protection (Chain of Responsibility) Amendment Bill, which would force company owners to meet the cost of environmental reparations, has been slammed by the Opposition as a "dog's breakfast".

However, the amendments would not make it on to the debating list before the House had dealt with at least four other bills.

The Racing Integrity Bill establishes the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission to end self-regulation of the industry.

Katter's Australian Party (KAP) would vote against it and independent MP Rob Pyne said he had misgivings too.

"Many areas of concern in the racing industry are not addressed by this bill, and horse racing has been unfairly treated because of what happened in greyhound racing," Mr Pyne said.

He said he would consider the arguments put forward by Queensland Racing Minister Grace Grace.

However Mr Pyne said he would back the State Government's Crime and Corruption Amendment Bill, which removes the requirement of a statutory declaration when allegations are made to the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).

KAP has a controversial bill of its own up for debate this week.

Its Transport Legislation (Taxi Services) Amendment Bill would impose demerit points on Uber drivers.

But the State Government is still considering the future of the taxi industry and will offer amendments to the KAP proposal.

Before that, the House will debate tougher penalties for domestic violence criminal offences, as well as laws to pave the way for the Queen's Wharf Casino development in Brisbane.

The State Government will also introduce the National Injury Insurance Scheme Bill, which if passed at a later sitting, would increase the cost of motor vehicle registration by up to $76 a year.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt has chosen to bring in a hybrid model that sets up a new no-fault component of Compulsory Third Party insurance but retains people's access to common law rights.

Mr Pitt said he was still working with Queensland Treasury to reduce the expected cost to drivers.

Meanwhile, Speaker Peter Wellington is expected to make a formal response to a letter from the Opposition that asked him to abstain from any future vote on replacing the previous LNP Government's anti-gang laws.

Parliamentary sittings begin on Tuesday.

Source: ABC News

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