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Acting President of Australian law reform commission



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SENATOR THE HON GEORGE BRANDIS QC

ATTORNEY-GENERAL

LEADER OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE SENATE

MEDIA RELEASE

ACTING PRESIDENT OF AUSTRALIAN LAW REFORM COMMISSION

Today, I announce the appointment of Mr Robert Cornall AO as the Acting President of the Australian Law Reform Commission.

Mr Cornall has been appointed for a period of three months, commencing 30 July 2017, while a recruitment process will be undertaken to fill the vacancy left by Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM. This process will be conducted in accordance with Merit and Transparency Guidelines issued by the Australian Public Service Commission.

Mr Cornall brings a wealth of experience in legal practice, government administration and public policy to this position.

He is a former Secretary of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, from 2000 to 2008. He was a Chair of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce from 2014 to its conclusion in 2016. Mr Cornall was the Independent Reviewer of Adverse Security Assessments from 2015 to 2017. He is also an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the community in developing public policy.

The Government acknowledges and thanks Professor Croucher for her long and distinguished service as President of the Australian Law Reform Commission. Professor Croucher will commence as the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission on 30 July 2017.

On behalf of the Government, I congratulate Mr Cornall on his appointment.

28 July 2017

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MR ROBERT CORNALL AO

Mr Cornall has extensive experience in government administration and public policy.

Mr Cornall was Executive Director and Secretary of the Law Institute of Victoria from 1987 to 1995, Managing Director of Victoria Legal Aid from 1995 to 2000, and Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department from 2000 to 2008. In January 2006, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the community in developing public policy. Mr Cornall was also Chair of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce from 2014 to its conclusion in 2016 (formerly Deputy Chair from 2012). Mr Cornall was appointed as the Independent Reviewer of Adverse Security Assessments for two years commencing on 3 September 2015.

Mr Cornall holds a degree in Law from the University of Melbourne and is currently enrolled as a legal practitioner.