Reflection Time: Member for Rockhampton Rob Schwarten looks over photographs from early in his career from the files of The Morning Bulletin.
Reflection Time: Member for Rockhampton Rob Schwarten looks over photographs from early in his career from the files of The Morning Bulletin. Sharyn O'Neill

Schwarten looks back on 22 years

AS the clock ticks closer to another year, state politician Robert Schwarten is not only reflecting on last year - but the past 22 years.

Mr Schwarten, the Member for Rockhampton, will retire at the upcoming state election, and during a speech at a leaders forum earlier this month he looked back over his political career.

"I read my maiden speech the other day," he said.

"I can tick every box on it."

Mr Schwarten's maiden address, given to State Parliament on March 7, 1990, highlighted a number of regional issues, including low policing levels, police equipment and station conditions.

"The North Rockhampton Station is sited in the old police house, which was renovated at goodness knows what cost," he said 22 years ago.

"The building has no air-conditioning, nor does it have interviewing rooms for suspects."

Mr Schwarten also addressed the state of the Rockhampton court house at the time, saying there was only one Magistrate's Court, delays in obtaining hearing dates, no interview rooms so discussions were held in Fitzroy St between clients and lawyers, in front of passerbys. He said Supreme Court judges were left shouting so people in the courtroom could hear.



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