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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Justice budget delivers on infrastructure, jobs and services

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Tuesday, June 16, 2009

    Justice budget delivers on infrastructure, jobs and services

    The Bligh Government’s investment in the $600 million Supreme and District Court complex will form a major part of the state’s $18.2 billion infrastructure program, Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations Cameron Dick said.

    Treasurer Andrew Fraser’s 2009-10 State Budget, handed down today, had capital works and job generation as its key focus.

    “Our $18.2 billion infrastructure program, including vital investments in justice facilities, will stimulate growth and provide job opportunities for thousands of Queenslanders,” Mr Fraser said.

    “The global recession has forced us to make some tough choices and the Bligh Government has chosen to protect jobs and deliver the key services Queenslanders rely on.”

    “The $600 million Supreme and District Court precinct will provide Queenslanders with the modern court facilities which reflect our modern justice system.”

    Mr Dick said $152 million is being invested this year in the ongoing construction of Queensland’s new Supreme and District Court complex.

    The project is the centrepiece of today’s $884 million Department of Justice and Attorney-General total budget.

    “The project will deliver greatly enhanced facilities for victims of crime, witnesses, jurors, lawyers, judges and members of the public,” Mr Dick said.

    “What’s more, while unemployment is on the rise, this project is helping provide jobs for up to 5000 Queenslanders.”

    Mr Dick said the 2009-10 State Budget also includes $27.2 million for the completion of the new $91.5 million Ipswich Courts complex, and $3.8 million to complete stage 2 of the $10 million refurbishment of the Toowoomba Courthouse.

    “These capital works projects are creating much needed jobs in local communities, while also ensuring our regional court facilities continue to meet the needs of Queenslanders,” he said.

    Mr Dick said the budget also includes $1.9 million as part of a five-year $20.8 million project to digitalise the historical records of the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

    “The introduction of cutting-edge data management systems will improve client service, enhance identity security and help reduce fraud,” Mr Dick said.

    “This will bring us up-to-date with modern technology, allowing families to obtain certificates quicker, and it will also safeguard a vital slice of Queensland history that provides a very personal link with our past.”

    Mr Dick said the Bligh Government's ongoing commitment to boosting funding for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is demonstrated with $4.3 million for the office this year.

    "This commitment will ensure our state's crown prosecutors can continue to keep pace with population growth and the increasing number of cases coming before the courts," he said.

    Mr Dick said the Bligh Government will continue to support and improve the rights and safety of Queenslanders at work and at home, with more than $126 million in this year’s budget for industrial relations services, electrical and workplace safety.

    “This government is committed to making Queensland workplaces among the healthiest and safest in the country,” Mr Dick said.

    “We know a safe and healthy worker is a productive one, and that is why we are continuing to invest in workplace health and safety initiatives throughout Queensland.

    “In these tough economic times we will continue to support workers and invest in their safety, to secure Queensland jobs and keep our economy strong.”

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