Historic Rockhampton Sitting to Welcome First Permanent Federal Court Circuit Judge


Today's historical, ceremonial sitting of the Federal Circuit Court in Rockhampton has been hailed a landmark moment for both Northern Australia and the legal system, according to Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald.

Senator Macdonald, who was present at the event to welcome Judge Anne Demack to the Rockhampton Registry of the Court, said the region's first ever permanent appointment was a milestone moment for regional Australia.

"I am so pleased to be able to be here today to see the results of the hard work and lobbying of my parliamentary colleague, the member for Capricornia Michelle Landry, who has been advocating for this valuable resource for the people of Central Queensland for some time," Senator Macdonald said.

"In my capacity as Chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee which, during Senate Estimates, heard of the absolutely desperate need of families across Central Queensland for this dedicated service, and also as a former lawyer, I am well aware of the importance today's ceremony represents for families right throughout this region."

"The Federal Coalition Government has recognised that this region is on the precipice of a major period of growth and development, and has responded by ensuring vital services are in place to ensure the livelihoods of these communities are not only maintained, but allowed to thrive and prosper in the same way as their metropolitan counterparts."

Senator Macdonald said he was pleased to see respected Judge Anne Demack in the inaugural role.

"Judge Demack's experience and professionalism is highly regarded in the legal fraternity, and Central Queenslanders should take great comfort knowing they can access some of the best legal services in the country."

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