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Opposition still yet to get briefing

Mr Newman previously said other legislation should go through parliamentary committees unless there was a great urgency about it.
Mr Newman previously said other legislation should go through parliamentary committees unless there was a great urgency about it. Chris Ison

THE Queensland Opposition could go into their first debate of this year's parliament under prepared with the minority side still yet to get a briefing from the LNP.

On Thursday, the 78-seat strong LNP will introduce its first bills into parliament that address cost of living and an overhaul of the parliamentary committee structure.

Alongside these bills being pushed through without a once over from a parliamentary committee - established under the last government to look at bills more closely and invite public submissions - it's understood the Opposition has not had ample time to assess the essential legislation they will be asked to debate.

It is understood Opposition members were meant to be briefed on the bills on Wednesday night, after the official opening of Parliament House and the lavish tea party on the Speakers Green.

But the briefing was pushed back until Thursday morning, hours before the bill is scheduled to be introduced.

A spokesman for Premier Campbell Newman was attempting to gather a response on Wednesday night but did not respond by deadline.

On Tuesday, Opposition leader Anna Palaszczuk said her party members were waiting to see what the order of business was for Parliament's first full sitting day.

"We are still in the dark about what we are expected to debate on Thursday, including what are likely to be massive changes to the way our current bi-partisan committee system operates...," she said.

The committee shake-up involves six out of eight positions on each panel belonging to the LNP.

Mr Newman previously said other legislation should go through parliamentary committees unless there was a great urgency about it.

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