JSB178 Week Five Lecture Notes
Interests are generally tied to the main political parties (ALP and the Coalition).
HOWEVER, independent and minor parties are outside this loop.
Parliamentarians are not consulted by public officials.
They are a prime target of community organisations.
The primary target of public officials in both consultation and purpose.
Communication between officials and cabinet happen through established protocols and documentation.
Contacts are made with ministerial staff and, on rare occasions, with the minister.
Community organisations have a better chance of dealing directly with the minister or cabinet (e.g.
community cabinet meetings).
Most community organisations end up dealing with the departmental officers.
Queensland Parliamentary Committees
A number of committees are established to examine specific areas.
Key committees include, for example, the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee; Scrutiny of
Legislation Committee; and Estimates Committee.
Committees are made up of members from all parties.
They are often conducted on party lines but occasionally independently.
Public officials may appear as witnesses or advisors.
Community organisations will provide submissions and appear as witnesses.
Queensland Political Parties
Operate their own administrations with the intention of getting their party into power.
Key contacts are the policy formulation mechanisms within the party, which are formulated by researchers
and senior parliamentarians and finalised at party conventions.
Never contacted by public officials.
May be a target of community organisations that can end up contributing to policy formulation.
Queensland Justice Sector
Who interacts with the justice sector?
Queensland Police Service (Law enforcement)
Judicial determinations (QLD Department of Justice and Attorney-General)
o Prosecutions, Legal Aid, Courts, Crown Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Administration.
Corrections – Department of Corrective Services
o Policy support service, program support services, health and medical