Kerry Shine

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The Honourable
Kerry Shine
Attorney-General of Queensland
In office
1 November 2006 – 26 March 2009
Premier Peter Beattie
Anna Bligh
Preceded by Linda Lavarch
Succeeded by Cameron Dick
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Toowoomba North
In office
17 February 2001 – 24 March 2012
Preceded by Graham Healy
Succeeded by Trevor Watts
Personal details
Political party Australian Labor Party
Profession Lawyer

Kerry Gerard Shine (born 5 October 1948) is an Australian Labor Party politician who was member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for Toowoomba North from 2001 to 2012.

Career prior to politics[edit]

Prior to his election to Parliament, Shine was admitted as a solicitor and in 1972 founded Shine Lawyers (then known as Shine Murdoch Lawyers), a litigation firm that has grown into a nationwide company with over 40 offices providing personalised legal assistance to tens of thousands of Australians.[1] In 1999 he co-founded Gouldson Legal (then known as Shine Gouldson Lawyers) alongside Faran Gouldson. Gouldson Legal is a plaintiff personal injury litigation firm specialising in Queensland personal injury compensation claims.[2]

Political life[edit]

Shine first ran for election in the seat of Toowoomba North in the 1998 state election. Shine was first elected in the landslide 2001 state election that saw the re-election of Peter Beattie as Premier of Queensland, and Shine retained his seat in 2004.[3]

In July 2005 as part of a ministerial reshuffle, Shine was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to Warren Pitt (the Minister for Communities, Disability Services and Seniors) and Premier's Advisor on Western Queensland. On 1 November 2006, Shine was appointed as Queensland's Attorney-General and Minister for Justice.

Shine was sworn in as Minister for Natural Resources and Water in September 2006 and subsequently became the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister Assisting the Premier in Western Queensland in November 2006.

While Attorney-General, Shine oversaw many legislative reforms including a massive review of the Queensland Criminal Code, a review into the defence of Accident and Provocation and a review into the Queensland Courts. Shine was responsible for the establishment of the new Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, (QCAT) and for the introduction of reform for the benefit of victims of crime. His appointment of the sister of a close friend to the president of the Land Court was widely criticised.[4]

The 2009 state election saw Shine retain the seat of Toowoomba North with a reduced margin and subsequently made the decision to dedicate more time in the electorate, thus relinquishing his position in Cabinet.[5]

Shine was the Chair of the new Industry, Education, Training and Industrial Relations Committee and a member of several Ministerial Legislative Committees including: the Attorney-General and Minster for Industrial Relations, Police, Corrective and Emergency Services, Transport and Main Roads, and Infrastructure and Planning.

At the 2012 election, Shine lost his seat.[6]

In November 2013, Shine confirmed he would be running as the Australian Labor Party's candidate for his old seat of Toowoomba North in the next Queensland State Election, expected to be held in late 2014.[7][8]

Community involvement[edit]

Shine is a Member of the Downs and South West Law Association, a Life Member of Queensland Law Society and a member of the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce. He has previously served on the Council of the University of Southern Queensland and as a member of Toowoomba City Council.[9]

Sporting associations include previous service as Secretary of the Rangers Rugby Union Football Club, Honorary Solicitor of the Queensland Country Cricket Association, President of the Toowoomba Cricket Association, Honorary Solicitor of the Darling Downs Rugby Union Club and membership of the Toowoomba Turf Club and Brisbane Racing Club. He is a member of the Australian Services Union.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Shine has three adult children.[10]

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