Cameron Dick

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The Honourable

Cameron Dick
Minister for Industrial Relations of Queensland
In office
26 March 2009 – 26 March 2012
Premier Anna Bligh
Preceded by John Mickel
Succeeded by Office abolished
Minister for Education of Queensland
In office
21 February 2011 – 26 March 2012
Premier Anna Bligh
Preceded by Geoff Wilson
Succeeded by John-Paul Langbroek
Attorney-General of Queensland
In office
26 March 2009 – 21 February 2011
Premier Anna Bligh
Preceded by Kerry Shine
Succeeded by Paul Lucas
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Greenslopes
In office
21 March 2009 – 24 March 2012
Preceded by Gary Fenlon
Succeeded by Ian Kaye
Personal details
Political party Australian Labor Party

Cameron Robert Dick is an Australian lawyer. He was the Minister for Education and Industrial Relations for the Australian state of Queensland, and was an Australian Labor Party member of the Queensland Parliament representing the state electorate of Greenslopes in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland. He was elected to the seat in the 2009 Queensland state election, but was defeated in the 2012 Queensland state election. In 2014 he was preselected as the ALP candidate for the ALP seat of Woodridge, held by the retiring Desley Scott, for the 2015 election.

Family history and early life[edit]

Cameron's family arrived in Queensland from Scotland in 1862 aboard the sailing ship Conway. His family’s roots on the southside of Brisbane stretch back the best part of 60 years. Cameron's father, a veteran of the Second World War (Royal Australian Navy 1941-1945) was a butcher and later an owner and operator of taxi cabs, and his mother was a nurse.

Cameron grew up in the suburb of Holland Park. He attended a local primary school, Marshall Road State School.

He is the brother of former ALP State Secretary Milton Dick, a Labor councillor and the Opposition Leader in the Brisbane City Council.

Education[edit]

Cameron was educated at the Anglican Church Grammar School, formerly known as the Church of England Grammar School. Following secondary school, Cameron studied at the University of Queensland, and graduated a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws. He later studied for a Bachelor of Arts degree.[1]

After undertaking articles of clerkship at Brisbane law firm Goss Downey Carne, Cameron was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.[1]

Legal career – Tuvalu[edit]

Following practice as a solicitor in Brisbane, Cameron worked as an international development volunteer in the South Pacific island nation of Tuvalu from 1993 to 1996. He worked in Tuvalu under the Australian Volunteers Abroad program operated by the then Overseas Service Bureau (now known as Australian Volunteers International), Australia's oldest international volunteer-sending organisation.

Cameron worked in the Office of the Attorney-General during his time in Tuvalu, initially as Crown Counsel and then as the acting Attorney-General of Tuvalu for one year. He is a former ex officio Attorney-General of the Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu.[2]

University of Cambridge[edit]

Following the completion of his period of service in Tuvalu, Cameron read international law at the University of Cambridge. He was a student at Trinity Hall, the university's fifth oldest college, well known for its long history in legal education. He was awarded a Master of Law degree by the university in 1997.

Career prior to politics[edit]

On his return to Queensland, Cameron worked as a solicitor at Crown Law, the Queensland Government’s legal office, and as a senior advisor in the Queensland Government, before being called to the Queensland Bar in 2006. He practised law as a barrister prior to his election to the Queensland Parliament.[3]

2009 Queensland Election and appointment as Cabinet Minister[edit]

Cameron was elected as the Member for Greenslopes in the Queensland Parliament in the 2009 Queensland State Election held on 21 March 2009.

Immediately after the election, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh asked him to serve in her Cabinet as the Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations for Queensland, a rare honour for a first-term member of parliament. Cameron was sworn in as Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations on 26 March 2009. On 21 February 2011 he was sworn in as Minister for Education and Industrial Relations.

Personal life[edit]

Cameron is married and has two sons.

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