Cameron Dick

Cameron Robert Dick is an Australian politician and member of the Labor Party. He is currently the Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning[1] and previously was Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services[2] 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[2] in the Bligh government representing the electorate of Greenslopes.

Cameron Dick

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
Assumed office
12 December 2017
PremierAnnastacia Palaszczuk
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
In office
16 February 2015  12 December 2017
PremierAnnastacia Palaszczuk
Minister for Industrial Relations of Queensland
In office
26 March 2009  26 March 2012
PremierAnna Bligh
Preceded byJohn Mickel
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Minister for Education of Queensland
In office
21 February 2011  26 March 2012
PremierAnna Bligh
Preceded byGeoff Wilson
Succeeded byJohn-Paul Langbroek
Attorney-General of Queensland
In office
26 March 2009  21 February 2011
PremierAnna Bligh
Preceded byKerry Shine
Succeeded byPaul Lucas
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Greenslopes
In office
21 March 2009  24 March 2012
Preceded byGary Fenlon
Succeeded byIan Kaye
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Woodridge
Assumed office
31 January 2015
Preceded byDesley Scott
Personal details
BornBrisbane, Queensland
Political partyLabor
Alma materTrinity Hall, Cambridge
University of Queensland

Family history and early life

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 Milton Dick, member of the Australian House of Representatives for Oxley and former Brisbane City Council Labor leader.


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.[3]

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.[3]


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.[4]


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.[5]

Political career

Dick was elected as the Member for Greenslopes in the Queensland Parliament at the 2009 Queensland state election. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh asked him to serve as the Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations.[2] 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 at the 2012 state election. He gained a new seat, Woodridge, at the 2015 state election, and did so with the largest two-party preferred vote (75.95 per cent) of any party in any electorate of Queensland.

On 16 February 2015, Dick was sworn in as Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services in the Palaszczuk Ministry.[6]

On 12 December 2017, Dick was sworn in as Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning in the second Palaszczuk Ministry.[7]

Alongside Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and representatives from the Australian Government, including then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Dick was part of the announcement on 14 March 2018 that Rheinmetall Defence Australia would be awarded the $5 billion LAND 400 contract to build and service up to 5000 military vehicles in Queensland.[8][9] Regarding the decision, Dick called the "landmark project" an "economic game-changer" that will create "450 advanced manufacturing and engineering jobs for Queenslanders" and "pump $1 billion into the state’s economy" in its first ten years of operation.[10] Following this, Rheinmetall selected Redbank, near Ipswich, as the location for its $170 million Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE).[11] The first sod was turned at the facility 16 November 2018, with Queensland referenced as "Australia's khaki state".[12]

Dick was in attendance to press the launch button for Australia's first commercial payload rocket flight on 21 November 2018.[13] The five-metre rocket was developed by Queensland-based BlackSky Aerospace and successfully launched into the sky from a farm in Tarawara, west of Goondiwindi. Dick said that the launch – which saw the rocket reach roughly the same height of Mount Everest – showed the possibilities for developing a space industry in Queensland. He added that the state wanted to promote its aerospace capabilities to national and international markets, and that this launch was a substantial step forward in achieving that aim.[14]

Personal life

Dick is married and has two sons.


  1. "Minister". Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  2. Queensland, c=AU; o=The State of Queensland; ou=Parliament of. "Member Details". Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  3. Member Biography Archived 23 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Queensland Parliament. Retrieved on 27 February 2012.
  4. "Cameron Dick – MP for Woodridge". Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  5. Bar Association of Queensland Directory Archived 12 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. "Queensland's new Labor Cabinet sworn in at Government House". Australian Broadcasting Corporation 16 February 2015. Archived from the original on 22 February 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  7. Queensland. "Hon Cameron Dick". Former Members Register. Queensland Parliament. Archived from the original on 13 August 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  8. "Rheinmetall wins $5bn contract, jobs on the way - Manufacturers' Monthly". Manufacturers' Monthly. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  9. Branco, Jorge. "Queensland wins $5 billion Defence contract". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  10. Content editor, CIM (14 March 2018). "Federal government awards QLD $5b defence manufacturing contract". Retrieved 14 March 2018.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  11. "Rheinmetall selects Redbank as location for its centre of military excellence | Australian Manufacturing". Australian Manufacturing. 18 March 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  12. Johnson, Hayden. "New build has Ipswich at centre of 'Australia's khaki state'". Queensland Times. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  13. Jones, Ian (21 November 2018). "'Cape' Funny Farm: Rocket launches in our area today". Goondiwindi Argus. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  14. "Queensland sets sights on space industry with outback rocket launch". ABC News. 21 November 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Gary Fenlon
Member for Greenslopes
Succeeded by
Ian Kaye
Preceded by
Desley Scott
Member for Woodridge
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