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

    Detailed review of guardianship laws released

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

    Friday, November 12, 2010

    Detailed review of guardianship laws released

    The Queensland Government has released the results of a very detailed review of the state’s guardianship laws.

    Attorney-General Cameron Dick tabled in Parliament today the four-volume, 1680-page report by the Queensland Law Reform Commission.

    Mr Dick said the government would now consider the report’s findings and prepare a response for public release next year.

    He said the report, titled ‘A review of Queensland’s guardianship laws’, provided the government with recommendations about how to improve the accountability and transparency of Queensland’s guardianship system.

    “The Bligh Government is committed to safeguarding the rights and interests of adults with impaired decision-making capacity,” Mr Dick said.

    “This report, which comprises four volumes, outlines the Law Reform Commission’s detailed examination of Queensland’s guardianship legislation, particularly the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 and the Powers of Attorney Act 1998.”

    Mr Dick said the Law Reform Commission had issued two discussion papers and received 245 submission as part of the review, which was the second and final stage of a two-part investigation into the guardianship system.

    “This stage-two report contains recommendations about various issues including: the appointment of guardians and administrators; enduring powers of attorney; decisions about health care; the roles of the Guardianship and Administration Tribunal and the Adult Guardian; and appeals from tribunal decisions,” he said.

    “The report makes several recommendations such as having a stronger human rights focus, as well as developing guidelines for making capacity assessments under the guardianship legislation.

    “This is a very long and detailed report and it will take some time to consider its contents. The government will provide a detailed response in due course.”

    Media contact: Office of Attorney-General and Industrial Relations Minister 3239 3487