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

    Attorney-General directs State Coroner to re-open Arnold-Leahy case

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

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010

    Attorney-General directs State Coroner to re-open Arnold-Leahy case

    Statement below can be attributed to Attorney-General Cameron Dick:

    I have today written to the Queensland State Coroner to direct that the inquest be re-opened into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Vicki Arnold and Julie-Anne Leahy, who were found dead near Atherton in 1991.

    This has been a complex case spanning almost two decades, and has been the subject of two inquests and a number of other inquiries.

    The Member for Mulgrave, Curtis Pitt, has made detailed representations to me on behalf of the Arnold family. I also met with family members at the Innisfail Community Cabinet in February this year to hear their concerns first-hand.

    This has been a complex case that has required significant deliberation on my part, as I assessed the public interest in directing the State Coroner to re-open a coronial inquiry.

    After giving proper consideration to all relevant matters, I have decided to refer the case to the State Coroner.

    While the coronial inquiry may not deliver a conclusive finding, it may provide clarity for family members.

    The timing of the inquest will be a matter for the State Coroner.

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