‘Parliament, Government and Reform in Queensland, 2001-2013’
Public Forum  –  Parliament House, Brisbane
10 February 2014        10:00 am – 12:00 noon       The Premiers Room

This Forum is the first of a series of public events to discuss the Constitutional obligation on the Parliaments and Governments of Queensland ‘to foster peace, welfare and good government of Queensland’, in the context of the many reforms and reviews instigated by various governments since 2001.

There is no charge for admission.
An overview of Queensland’s developing ‘Integrity System’ and the key institutions of public governance, from 2001 to 2013.
Assessing the Parliament’s capacity to ensure accountability on the part of the Executive Government.
The functions of Parliamentary Committees and processes of the Parliament.
An analysis of the Crime and Misconduct Commission’s status, powers, and role, and the process of reform.
Chair:    David Muir KSJ
Speakers:  The Hon Stephen Charles QC  –  The Hon John Mickel  –  Mr Howard Whitton

Notes on the Speakers
The Hon Stephen Charles QC is a former Judge of the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria. He lectures at the Melbourne University Law School on the Law of Royal Commissions and other Public Inquiries.
The Hon John Mickel was the 36th Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, and a Member of the Legislative Assembly from 1998.  He has represented Australia on the Executive of the  Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and is currently a member of a number of Advisory Boards for private organisations, and university lecturer.
Mr Howard Whitton is a member of the National Institute for Governance in the University of Canberra. He has worked as a senior adviser on ethics and integrity matters for the OECD’s Public Governance Directorate and various UN agencies and international organisations, and for Queensland’s Electoral and Administrative Review Commission (EARC).
Mr David Muir KSJ is a partner in the national law firm HWL Ebsworth. He is currently the Chair of  Real Republic Limited and former chair of Crime Stoppers Queensland Limited and Amnesty  International Queensland Inc

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Further Information about the Forum:
Media and other enquiries: Howard Whitton  ( 0424 766 622 ) or Beryce Nelson  ( 0412 121 158  )

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