Who we are

Basic Rights Queensland is a state-wide specialist community legal centre, providing advice, advocacy and free legal services to people having problems with Centrelink or Disability Discrimination.

BRQ has been operating for over thirty years with the support of volunteers, sponsors, donors and pro-bono assistance.

BRQ is an Incorporated Association, governed by a voluntary Management Committee, elected from the membership, while paid staff and volunteers carry out the day-to-day activities.

Our people

Management Committee members:

  • Lurline Comerford, President
  • Paul Henman, Vice-President
  • Cale Fryer, Secretary
  • Stuart McDowall, Treasurer
  • Paul Freeburn, Member
  • Mike Dee, Member
  • Neisha Traill, Member
  • Georgina Warrington, Member


BRQ’s small staff team of seven full-time-equivalent workers has expertise in social security and discrimination law, social work, psychology, administration and financial administration.

Staff members

  • Georgina Warrington – Director
  • Patrick Cranitch – Senior Solicitor
  • Andrew Davison – Social Security Solicitor
  • Teresa Grahame – Senior Social Worker
  • Leisa Higgins – Administration and Intake Manager
  • Steve Irvine – Social Security Solicitor, CLE Co-ordinator
  • Ellen Jones – Social Security Solicitor
  • Caitlin Collins - Social Worker
  • Andrew Kennedy – Disability Discrimination and Social Security Solicitor
  • Mark McKeon – Finance Administrator


Volunteers make a valuable contribution to the work of BRQ.  Our volunteers assist with intake, administration, telephone advice, case work and project work.

Many of our volunteers are students for whom volunteering at BRQ provides opportunities to learn and to develop essential professional skills, such as client interviewing, record keeping and research. 

Interested in volunteering?  We'd love to hear from you.  Find out more about our volunteer program here.