Committee Work

Mark Furner MP is the Chair of the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee.

The Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee was established by the Queensland Legislative Assembly on 27 March 2015 as a portfolio committee with responsibility for the following areas: 

  • Justice and Attorney-General, Training and Skills, and
  • Police, Fire and Emergency Services

In relation to its areas of responsibility, the Committee:

  • examines Bills to consider the policy to be enacted;
  • examines the estimates of each department;
  • examines Bills for the application of the fundamental legislative principles set out in section 4 of the Legislative Standards Act 1992;
  • considers the lawfulness of subordinate legislation;
  • assesses the public accounts of each department in regard to the integrity, economy, efficiency and effectiveness of financial management by:
  • examining government financial documents, and
  • considering the annual and other reports of the auditor-general.
  • considers Departments’ public works in light of matters including, but not limited to the:
  • suitability of the works for the purpose,
  • necessity for the works,
  • value for money of the works,
  • revenue produced by, and recurrent costs of, the works, or estimates of revenue and costs,
  • present and prospective public value of the works,
  • procurement methods used for the works, and
  • actual suitability of the works in meeting the needs in and achieving the stated purpose of the works.

The Committee also has a monitor and review function in relation to the performance of the functions of the Criminal Organisation Public Interest Monitor, the Ombudsman and the Information Commissioner, and must be consulted regarding senior appointments to the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

The Committee must also investigate any issue referred to it by the Legislative Assembly or under an Act, whether or not the issue is within the Committee’s areas of responsibility.