As always, parliament saw plenty of debate. A range of Bills were discussed and passed including new laws surrounding the employment of Ministerial staff and increasing the transparency of senior government officers such as the Ombudsman and Auditor General. Of greater interest to locals will be the new Land Valuation Act and the finalised swimming pool legislation. I would encourage anyone interested in learning more about how valuations will now be calculated to visit www.dnrm.qld.gov.au/land. Similarly, all pool owners should ensure they are familiar with the requirements of the new laws by checking out www.dilgp.qld.gov.au.