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Appointment of two Commonwealth Queen's Counsel.



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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON PHILIP RUDDOCK MP

NEWS RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 • Telephone (02) 6277 7300 • Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.ag.gov.au/ag

1 March 2007 039/2007

APPOINTMENT OF TWO COMMONWEALTH QUEEN’S COUNSEL

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today announced the appointment of David Charles Bennett and Thomas Michael Howe as Commonwealth Queen’s Counsel.

Mr Bennett is the Deputy Government Solicitor, Constitutional Litigation Unit, with the Australian Government Solicitor.

“Mr Bennett has been directly involved in over 300 constitutional cases for the Commonwealth including many significant constitutional cases in the High Court and other superior courts since 1992,’’ Mr Ruddock said.

Mr Howe is the Chief Counsel, Litigation, with the Australian Government Solicitor.

“In representing the Commonwealth for almost 20 years Mr Howe has established a reputation as an outstanding advocate and adviser,’’ said the Attorney-General.

“He has extensive experience in representing the Commonwealth and its agencies in many fields of Commonwealth and public law before a wide range of courts and tribunals, including the High Court and Federal Court.’’

Mr Ruddock said he was pleased to announce the appointments.

“Mr Bennett and Mr Howe are continuing to make a substantial contribution in the field of Commonwealth legal work,’’ he said.

“Their appointment as Commonwealth Queen’s Counsel is an appropriate recognition of their outstanding abilities and expertise in their respective fields of Commonwealth law.”

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