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Transcript 7056


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Hawke, Robert

Period of Service: 11/03/1983 to 20/12/1991

More information about Hawke, Robert on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 08/12/1986

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 7056

The Government will tomorrow be recommending to the
Governor-General in Council the appointment of the new Chief
Justice of the High Court to succeed Sir Harry Gibbs and two
other appointments as Justices of the High Court.
The new Chief Justice is to be Sir Anthony Mason, at present
a Justice of the High Court. The other appointees are Mr
Justice John Toohey of the Federal Court of Australia,
Perth, and Ms Mary Gaudron QC, Solicitor-General for New
South Wales, who will be the first woman appointed to the
High Court.
Sir Anthony Mason was appointed to the High Court in 1972
after serving as Judge of the NSW Court of Appeal from 1969
to 1972. Prior to that he was Solicitor-General for the
Commonwealth from 1964 to 1969. Sir Anthony Mason is the
senior Justice on the High Court after Sir Harry Gibbs.
Mr Justice Toohey was appointed to the Federal Court in
Perth in 1977. He is also a Judge of the Supreme Court of
the Northern Territory. He was an Aboriginal Land
Commissioner in the Northern Territory from 1977 to 1982,
and before his appointment to the bench he served in the
Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia.
Ms Mary Gaudron has been Solicitor-General for New South
Wales since 1981. She was the first woman appointed to that
position. She was a Deputy President of the Commonwealth
Conciliation and Arbitration Commission from 1974 to 1979,
and Chair of the NSW Legal Services Commission from 1979 to
1980. Her practice as Solicitor-General has included a
number of appearances before the High Court of Australia in
major constitutional and other cases.
The appointments are to take effect on Friday, 6 February
next, the day immediately following on the retirement of the
present Chief Justice, Sir Harry Gibbs.

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