The Retail Shop Leases Act 1984 (Qld) (RSLA) was assented to on March 12 1984. The Act grew from a report of the Committee of Inquiry into Shopping Complex Leasing Practices in November 1981 (the Cooper Report). This was then followed by joint Parliamentary Committee report in January 1983. The Act was amended in 1985 after the issue of a green paper. Further amendments were made in 1988, 1989 and 1990.
The Act thus has a substantial amount of material upon which it was based. This paper aims to examine the circumstances surrounding the passing of the legislation and in particular to compare and contrast the initial Cooper Report recommendations and other materials with the provisions of the Act as at the present. In so doing an evaluation is made of the extent to which the Act remedies the mischief it aims to correct.