Act Of Parliament : The Queensland Minister For Consumer Affairs

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Question 2
As the Queensland Minister for Consumer Affairs, Anne introduced a bill into Parliament to outlaw some real estate scams that have been exposed by TV journalists. Yet during its first reading, Anne realised that the bill has serious defects when answering an Opposition question. Before discussing whether it is too late for Anne to fix this problem, I will first give a brief introduction of the law making in Australia, specifically, the bills.

Main concepts of bills
According to Davenport and Parker (2012), there are two basic sources of law in Australia, statute law (Acts of Parliament) and judge-made law (decisions of judges). Statute law is the Acts or legislation passed by parliaments. In Parliament, a bill is a proposal for a new law or a change to an existing one. It is a formal document prepared in the form of a draft Act. If it is passed by the Parliament, it becomes a law and is known as an Act of Parliament. A bill is usually created to address an important issue facing the Australian community (Parliamentary Education Office, 2014).

As demonstrated by Davenport and Parker (2012), A bill becomes an Act—a law—only after it has been passed in identical form by both Houses of the Parliament (there are three “readings” of a Bill in its progress through each House) and has been assented to by the Governor-General or State Governor. However, Queensland is an exclusion. It does not have an upper house, which suggests that the bill might only need to seek the…
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