Cheers: Let's all drink to Queensland's new liquor laws

MUMS and dads at school fetes and rotary raffles will from today be able to enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer without jumping through bureaucratic hoops.

Changes to Liquor and Gaming legislation, which come into effect on July 1, scrap the requirement for schools and community groups to apply for liquor permits at fundraising events of eight hours or less.

Under the old legislation, event organisers, such as P&Cs and Rotary Clubs, also needed to ensure they had a Responsible Service of Alcohol-accredited person at the event to secure a liquor permit.

The liquor and gaming changes are part of a raft of legislation amendments that come into effect on July 1.

Unions will now be forced to ballot all members before forking out $10,000 or more on campaigns, following amendments passed in Parliament.

The new laws, introduced by Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie, will apply to 32 employer associations and 34 unions across the state.

The controversial changes did not go through quietly with the union slamming the move as unconstitutional.

Queensland's new Health Ombudsman - to oversee the embattled health complaints system - will be officially effective as of July 1 as will the new Mental Health Commission.

There will be no new legislation coming into effect for some government departments but there will still be a spike in fees, including Transport and Main Roads.

"Heavy vehicle charges will increase by 2.5 per cent," a spokesman for Transport Minister Scott Emerson said.

"Pilotage fees will increase by four per cent. Most other fees and charges administered by TMR will be increasing from July 1, 2013 by 3.5 per cent."

TAFE students could also see a change in their student contribution fees from today.

Changes to the Vocational Education, Training and Employment legislation allow training providers to decide how much a student should pay in contribution fees, depending on demands for skills in the job market.

Before the changes, student contribution fees were fixed.



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