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Appointment of Public Advocate for Queensland

In August 2012, the Newman Government announced the appointment of Ms Jodie Cook as the Public Advocate for Queensland.
In welcoming Ms Cook to the role, Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie stated that 17 years in the human services sector made Ms Cook the ideal candidate to take on the important role of Public Advocate.

“As a Director for Disability Services Queensland, Ms Cook led the charge on the implementation of number of significant reforms to the disability sector,” he said.

“Ms Cook’s extensive background will ensure her success in a role that influences policies, programs and practices and promotes improved life opportunities.”

Legislative amendments were passed in November 2012 increasing the powers of the Public Advocate and strengthening its independence.

The new powers authorise the Public Advocate to access information or documents to inform their systems advocacy work.
Ms Cook officially began in her role on 13 August 2012.

Last reviewed
13 August 2012
Last updated
22 February 2013

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