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

    Attorney-General announces new Queensland Ombudsman

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

    Thursday, December 02, 2010

    Attorney-General announces new Queensland Ombudsman

    A high-level administrator with more than 25 years’ experience in the public sector has been appointed as Queensland’s new Ombudsman.

    Attorney-General Cameron Dick said Phil Clarke, a deputy director-general in the Queensland public service, had been appointed as Ombudsman today by the Governor-in-Council.

    Mr Dick said Mr Clarke would take over from David Bevan, who retired in September after nine years in the role.

    “Mr Clarke brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new role, including high-level experience in a number of Queensland Government departments,” he said.

    “He has more than 25 years experience in the Queensland public sector across a range of portfolios, giving him an excellent insight into public administration in this state.

    “His past appointments have included senior roles such as director of several TAFE institutes, general manager in the Department of Employment, Training and Industrial Relations, and executive director in the Department of Emergency Services.

    “More recently, he has served as a deputy director-general in the Department of Local Government, Planning and Sport and in the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.

    “Mr Clarke will now fulfill an important role in providing an independent and fair investigative service to improve the quality of administration in Queensland public sector agencies.

    “The Ombudsman’s duties include investigating complaints about the actions and decisions of Queensland public agencies, including local government, and their staff that may be improper, discriminatory, unlawful or unreasonable.

    “I congratulate Mr Clarke on his appointment and look forward to continue working with him in ensuring public agencies act fairly and make the right decisions for all Queenslanders.”

    Mr Clarke’s appointment was recommended by a selection panel headed by the Public Service Commission chief executive officer and endorsed by the parliamentary Law, Justice and Safety Committee.

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