Cameron Dick

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The Honourable
Cameron Dick
MP
Minister for Health of Queensland
Incumbent
Assumed office
16 February 2015
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded by Lawrence Springborg
Minister for Ambulance Services of Queensland
Incumbent
Assumed office
16 February 2015
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
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 Desley Scott
Succeeded by Ian Kaye
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Woodridge
Incumbent
Assumed office
31 January 2015
Personal details
Political party Australian Labor Party

Cameron Robert Dick is an Australian politician and member of the Australian Labor Party. He is the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services in the Palaszczuk Ministry and a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, representing the seat of Woodridge. Previously he was Attorney-General, Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations in the Bligh government representing the electorate of Greenslopes.

Family history and early life[edit]

Dick's family arrived in Queensland from Scotland in 1862 aboard the sailing ship Conway. His father, a veteran of the Second World War serving in the Royal Australian Navy (1941-1945), was a butcher and later an owner and operator of taxi cabs. His mother was a nurse.

He grew up in the suburb of Holland Park and 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]

Dick was educated at the Anglican Church Grammar School, formerly known as the Church of England Grammar School. He studied at the University of Queensland, and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws, and later, a Bachelor of Arts. He gained a Master of Law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.[1]

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

Legal career[edit]

Tuvalu[edit]

Following practice as a solicitor in Brisbane, Dick worked as an international development volunteer in the South Pacific island nation of Tuvalu from 1993 to 1996, 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. Dick assisted 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]

Queensland[edit]

Dick was a solicitor at Crown Law, the Queensland Government’s legal office, and a senior advisor in the Queensland Government, before becoming a barrister in 2006. He practised law prior to his election to the Queensland Parliament.[3]

Political career[edit]

Dick was elected as the Member for Greenslopes in the Queensland Parliament in the 21 March 2009 Queensland state election. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh asked him to serve as the Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations. He 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. He lost his seat in the 2012 state election.

On 16 February 2015, Dick was sworn in as Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services in the Palaszczuk Ministry.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Dick is married and has two sons.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Gary Fenlon
Member for Greenslopes
2009–2012
Succeeded by
Ian Kaye
Preceded by
Desley Scott
Member for Woodridge
2015–present
Incumbent