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Mr Geoffrey Innis Walsh

Solicitor, Melbourne; partner, Messrs Walsh, Spriggs, Nolan and Finney.

Age 50; married, 3 daughters.

War service: RAAF

Educated Scotch College, University of


Admitted to practice 1952; currently

practises exclusively in family law.

Chairman, Executive of Law institute Council; Vice-President of Law Institute.

Past Chairman, joint working committee of Law

Institute and Family Court of Australia.

Canberra 23 December 1976 88/76


The Attorney-General, Mr R.J. Ellicott today announced the Commonwealth Government’s decision not to re-appoint the National Literature Board of Review when current appointments expire on 31 December 1976.

The Board was first appointed in 1968 under the

terms of the Commonwealth/States Agreement on uniform

literature censorship.


Its function was to review and. make

recommendations on works of literary or artistic merit referred to it by Commonwealth or State Ministers responsible for censorship.

The decision not to re-appoint the Board was

reached in consultation with State Ministers. It was

agreed that there was no longer a role for the Board as provided for in the 1968 Agreement.

Mr Ellicott commended the Board for the

valuable work it had done over the last eight years.

Canberra 30 December 1976 89/76


The Attorney-General, Mr R.J. Ellicott, Q.C., announced today that the Commonwealth Government had decided

to establish a « Human » « Rights » « Commission » . . '

The Attorney-General said that citizens who felt

they had been discriminated against under specific Commonwealth laws such as laws relating to discrimination on

grounds of race or sex (but excluding laws in the employment

area) would be able to have their complaints examined by the new « Human » « Rights » « Commission . Complaints regarding discrimination in employment and occupation would continue to

be handled by the National and State Committees on Discrimination in Employment and Occupation.