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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Attorney-General will challenge QCAT decisions

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Thursday, August 09, 2012

    Attorney-General will challenge QCAT decisions

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Jarrod Bleijie has today announced he will attempt to overturn two recent decisions of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT).

    Mr Bleijie said the Government would not allow Queensland taxpayers to foot the bill for a woman to travel overseas to receive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

    “In July, QCAT considered the request of indigenous Canadian Ruth Schaefer to fly to a spiritual healing reserve for treatment as reasonable,” he said.

    “QCAT was told the healing programs for indigenous people in Australia were ineffective.

    “I understand the importance of Ms Schaefer’s rehabilitation as a victim of crime, however it is inconceivable to suggest treatment can’t be found here in Queensland.

    “QCAT ordered the Government to pay Ms Schaefer $20,480 which included $4,000 for a 35-day treatment program and $16,480 for airfares.

    “Victims Assist Queensland filed an appeal last month and I have decided to intervene and support this appeal.”

    Mr Bleijie said the Government also had concerns about a recent QCAT decision allowing a sex worker to operate out of a Queensland motel.

    “QCAT ruled the owners of a motel in Moranbah breached the Anti-Discrimination Act by denying a legal sex worker a room,” he said.

    “The Government stands on the side of business owners and supports their ability to make decisions about what does or does not occur on their premises.

    “If a conflict exists between the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 and the Liquor Act 1992, the Government will change the laws to ensure this inconsistency is resolved.

    “This will also give certainty to our business owners that they are in control of their establishments.

    “In the interim, I have requested immediate advice from Crown Law about whether I can intervene in any appeal the motel owner may wish to make or appeal the decision directly.”

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