Dean Wells

Interviewed by
Robin Sullivan & Rodney Sullivan
Feb 01 2012
Dean Wells
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Dean Wells discusses his main objectives and achievements from his time as Attorney-General. He highlights the importance of ending the gerrymander, legalising homosexuality and freedom of information legislation among other reforms.

electoral redistribution, Fitzgerald Inquiry, gerrymander, homosexuality, law reform, Police

Dean Wells discusses law reform in Queensland.

Freedom of Information, law reform

Dean Wells reflects on his relationship with the department during his time as Attorney-General. He notes the enthusiasm within the public service about the possibility for reform. He was the first Attorney-General to introduce legislation banning discrimination against breast feeding mothers.

Equal Opportunity Policies, equity, law reform

Dean Wells reflects on the failure to introduce a Simple Offences Act and to proclaim the new criminal code. He discusses the changes introduced to the criminal code by the Borbidge government.

1995 election, Borbidge Government 1996-98, Goss Government 1989-96, law reform

Dean Wells describes his passion for education and becoming education minister in the first Beattie government.

Education Department

Dean Wells provides his opinion on the Borbidge government's Leading Schools program. Wells discusses realigning spending priorities to supply teacher aides to improve literary standards. He also discusses his support for the state school system and the introduction of a prep year.

Anna Bligh, Borbidge Government 1996-98, Education Department, education reform, schools

Dean Wells explains his support for the anti-bullying taskforce. He discusses further the dismantling of the Leading Schools program and reallocating the funds.

Education Department, education reform

Dean Wells discribes his interaction with interest groups as Education Minister. He also highlights his high regard for the profession of teaching and comments on non government schools.

Education Department, Teachers Union

Dean Wells discusses the origins of the Smart State agenda. He states that the Smart State was more to do with technology and innovation than education.

Peter Beattie, Smart State

Dean Wells explains how he became the Environment Minister. He describes the importance of coastal legislation and the process and challenges of negotiating with developers. He describes how an original cause regarding canal development was a sticking point and the amendments that were made to circumvent this issue.

Brian Littleproud, canal estates, development, Environment, Molly Robson, Pat Comben, Rod Welford

Dean Wells discusses the management of dingoes on Fraser Island. He explains the cull of dingoes after the death of a young boy on the island.

Environment, Fraser Island

Dean Wells discusses the policy positions he pursued after he moved to the backbench. He discusses his concerns about Section 280 of the Criminal Code and his aims to reform this part of the code.

backbench, law reform

Dean Wells reflects on the declining membership of the ALP and the decline of volunteerism in Queensland. He discusses the problems associated with declining party membership, in particular the impact on policy initiatives.


Dean Wells discusses his greatest achievements and the reforms he would like to see implemented. He describes his children as his greatest achievements.

human rights

Interview ends.