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(generated from captions) but possible. Jane Cowan, ABC News, Melbourne. election will see Tasmania lose

one of its longest serving Labor's Duncan Kerr has held Denison for 23 years. The former Attorney-General has

decided to return to legal

practice. He's one of more

than 20 parliament tearance who

have decided to call it quits

at this election. Duncan Kerr

looks back on the highs looks back on the highs and

lows of public life with our

political correspondent Melissa

Clarke. How come you've decided Clarke. How come you've

now is the time to end public life? There has to at some stage and I think the

brutal reality is that if I were not to make this decision

now, I would be too old to have

returning a further career and I'm

returning to the bar. One of

the things that I am proudest

of in my time in office is the

advocacy I under took in a case

That I took in plaintiff S 157.

That was a case I took up

because I remained a barrister

in my time in parliament. I

took it because it was against the Howard's the Howard's Government's

remove legislation that it sought to

refugee cases. I refugee cases. I thought not

only was this wrong and cruel,

but I also thought it was an

affront to the rule of law. The result in plaintiff S 157

and the cases that have

followed and have restored principle of the rule followed and have restored the

principle of the rule of law

and the principle that no executive decision is executive decision is immune

from scrutiny. I think in many

ways that may be remembered as

my greatest legacy. I'm going

back to the law now and I'm

looking forward to that third that stands out that you wish career. Is there

hadn't happened or wished there had been a different outcome?

government. That was an The defeat of the Keating

extraordinary time for Australia and I Australia and I believe that

Keating gave an enormous Keating gave an enormous drive

and energy to commitments on indigenous affairs and on a range of other social range of other social issues

seeing Australia transformed in that was well on the way of

a way which would have been

extraordinarily beneficial. We

them went into 11 years of

opposition. It cut short my doing extraordinary things in

the legal areas. I think it

was from my perspective a tragedy for Australia that that occurred, but

career point of view, to go

from ministerial office with

aspirations upwards to 11 bleak

years of opposition, it is a

tough thing. Are there any of

those reforms in particular

that you regret haven't made this far? For instance,

to indigenous people, reconciliation and reaching out

background in especially given your

that gone as far as you would

have liked to have seen it

Kevin Rudd gave after the gone? I think the apology that

government was a watershed, election of this Labor

breakthrough. I do believe

that the 11 years are hard to undo. From my perspective, the

unravelling of ATSIC which unravelling of ATSIC which was

an elective representative body

for those of indigenous descent is something that I is something that I really

regret. I understand that the internal management of

ATSIC, but we don't abolish

State Governments when premiers or leading ministers or members or police forces are subject to

corruption allegations. deal with them by establishing corruption allegations. We

commissions to root that

corruption out and to corruption out and to ensure

that the wrong people aren't

able to occupy offices. there were things of that able to occupy offices. If

nature that were said to affect

have preferred it to be ATSIC that's the way I would

have preferred it to be dealt

elective representative with, rather than abolishing an with, rather