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

    Rockhampton students to cross-examine Attorney-General

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

    Friday, May 28, 2010

    Rockhampton students to cross-examine Attorney-General

    Students from two Rockhampton high schools will get the chance to cross-examine Queensland’s top law officer, Attorney-General Cameron Dick, when he visits the region next week for the Bligh Government’s Community Cabinet meeting.

    Mr Dick will be in Rockhampton and Emu Park on 30-31 May with Premier Anna Bligh and fellow Cabinet ministers and senior public servants to meet with locals and discuss issues.

    Mr Dick will join Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten to speak to legal studies students from Rockhampton High School and The Cathedral College about Queensland’s courts and important changes underway in the state’s legal system.

    Mr Dick will also talk to them about careers in the law.

    “I expect some tough, well-informed questions from student legal eagles on all sorts of issues,” Mr Dick said.

    “In the next few years, these students will leave school and take on responsibilities as members of the community.

    “The law will affect most aspects of their lives, so they should have a good understanding of the legal structure of our society.

    “This ranges from laws that will help keep them safe once they join the workforce, in criminal law, how courts work and alternative ways of solving disputes such as mediation.”

    Mr Schwarten said it was an important time to talk about the law and the justice system in Queensland.

    “The Queensland Government is implementing some of the most significant reforms to the state’s justice system in 50 years,” Mr Schwarten said.

    “The government has introduced the first round of legislation paving the way for changes to ensure the state’s justice system is modern, responsive and accessible to the community.

    “These changes will affect how criminal matters and civil disputes are handled across the justice system.”

    Mr Schwarten said some of the most innovative court programs in Queensland were operating at the Rockhampton Courthouse.

    “The Rockhampton domestic violence pilot program is the only one of its kind in Queensland, linking community support, legal and court services and addressing the behaviour of offenders,” he said.

    “The city also has a Murri Court for Indigenous offenders, the Queensland Indigenous Alcohol Diversion Program and new Victim Assist Queensland staff.”

    Mr Dick is visiting the school to raise the interest of students in the law.

    “I hope some of the students may consider a career in the law, and the very diverse and interesting areas that legal training can open up,” he said.

    “One of them may be a future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court or a Director of Public Prosecutions.

    “It is important for students who want to become solicitors, barristers, Justices of the Peace, court staff or other legal workers to take an early interest in the law.”

    Mr Dick and Mr Schwarten will meet with the students at Rockhampton High School on Monday, 31 May.

    Media contact:
    Office of the Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations 3239 3487
    Office of the Member for Rockhampton 4927 5299