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

    New Anti-Discrimination Commissioner a respected human rights advocate

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

    Thursday, December 09, 2010

    New Anti-Discrimination Commissioner a respected human rights advocate

    A highly respected human rights and disabilities advocate has been appointed as Queensland’s new Anti-Discrimination Commissioner.

    Attorney-General Cameron Dick said Kevin Cocks, director of Queensland Advocacy Incorporated, had been appointed as commissioner today by Executive Council.

    “Kevin Cocks is a well-respected champion of human rights who brings a wealth of experience to the role of Anti-Discrimination Commissioner,” Mr Dick said.

    “With his background at Queensland Advocacy Incorporated, he has broad knowledge of the human rights and disability landscape, both internationally and nationally, and received a Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Medal in 2005.

    “He was also recently appointed as a member of the inaugural sentencing advisory council.

    “Mr Cocks will now fulfil an important role in Queensland by protecting the principles of dignity and equality for everyone.

    “The commissioner’s duties include resolving complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, public vilification and victimisation, and promoting human rights throughout Queensland.”

    Queensland Advocacy Incorporated is a statewide legal advocacy organisation protecting the human rights and fundamental needs of vulnerable people with a disability in Queensland.

    Mr Cocks, who has been appointed for four years, will take up his duties on 7 February 2011.

    His appointment has been finalised along with several other appointments to the Queensland Law Reform Commission and the Queensland Law Society Council.

    Mr Dick announced the reappointment of the Honourable Justice Roslyn Atkinson as chair of the Queensland Law Reform Commission.

    “Justice Atkinson has headed the Queensland Law Reform Commission since 2002, and has performed an outstanding job,” he said.

    “Her reappointment means that Justice Atkinson will continue to lead the Law Reform Commission until December 2013.

    “I am also pleased to announce that law lecturer Dr Terry Hutchinson has been appointed as a full-time member of the commission and will take up duty from 1 February 2011.

    “Current part-time members Brian Herd and John Bond have been reappointed while QUT Law School’s Professor Brian Fitzgerald and Brisbane barrister Mrs Soraya Ryan are new part-time appointees and will start their three-year appointments this month.”

    Mr Dick said Deborah Awyzio had also been appointed, as his nominee to the Queensland Law Society Council.

    “Ms Awyzio is an experienced family law practitioner with DA Family Lawyers and I am confident she will make a valuable contribution to the council,” he said.

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