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Qld swears in new attorney-general

Qld swears in new attorney-general

Yvette D’Ath Queensland attorney-general

Former lawyer Yvette D’Ath has been appointed as Queensland’s attorney-general.

Ms D’Ath was sworn in on Monday 16 February after Labor’s victory in the Queensland state election.

She replaces Liberal MP Jarrod Bleijie.

Ms D’Ath was admitted after completing her bachelor of laws at Queensland University of Technology. She worked as a lawyer at the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission and as a senior industrial advocate for the Australian Workers’ Union in Queensland before entering federal politics.

Last year, Ms D’Ath won the state seat of Redcliffe at the February by-election.

She was given the shadow ministries of Attorney-General, Justice, and Training, Disability Services and Housing in August 2014 after a reshuffle prompted by the Labor victory in the Stafford by-election.

Queensland Law Society president Michael Fitzgerald said Labor’s pledge to commit to evidence-based policy making, ongoing consultation and increases to legal aid funding will positively impact the legal profession and the wider community.

Labor has also pledged to review the process of appointment of judicial officers in Queensland, repeal anti-association legislation and repeal the impairment threshold for access to common-law claims arising out of workplace injuries.

“We look forward to working with the new attorney-general in achieving these goals,” said Mr Fitzgerald.

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