Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie
Queensland Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie
No Queensland Courthouses Will Close In Cost Cuts
Victor P Taffa
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Jarrod Bleijie has confirmed that no Queensland courthouses will be closed as part of the Newman Government’s cost saving measures in the September budget.
Mr. Bleijie said incorrect reports in the media over the past few weeks had created unnecessary anxiety for a number of suburban and regional communities.
“It was disappointing to see speculation fuelling reports that the Government was looking to close 30 Queensland courthouses, which was simply untrue.” Mr. Bleijie said.
“As the Premier indicated last week, we had hoped to make an announcement as part of the budget next month.”
“However, we had to allay the fears of Queenslanders who had very real concerns that their local courthouse would be closed.”
“We understand the important role courthouses play in providing a range of necessary services to local residents particularly in regional parts of the State.” Mr. Bleijie said.
“All Ministers have been directed to find savings across our respective portfolios and as part of this process we must consider all options available to us.”
“The Newman Government is working to get the state’s finances back on track and unfortunately as part of this process, difficult decisions must be made.”
“We are committed to providing all Queenslanders with access to justice regardless of whether they live in the Brisbane CBD or the most remote areas of the State.” Mr. Bleijie said.