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New chairman of the Australian Heritage Commission appointed: [Peter King]

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Media Release


Senator the Hon Robert Hill

Leader of the Government in the Senate

Minister for the Environment




Federal Environment Minister, Robert Hill, today announced that the Governor-Ge neral had accepted the government's recommendation to appoint Mr Peter King as the new Chairman of the Australian Heritage Commission for a three-year term.


Mr King is a leading Sydney barrister who has had considerable involvement in planning, heritage a nd environment issues.


"I am delighted Mr King has agreed to take up this appointment," Senator Hill said.


"He will bring to the position not only his own professional experience, but also an extensive on-the ground knowledge of conservation issues gaine d through work in local government and with community groups."


A former Rhodes scholar, Mr King has practiced as a barrister in Sydney for 20 years, and specialises in international, constitutional and admiralty law. Since 1995 he has been a Judicial Memb er of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal of New South Wales.


Senator Hill said that Mr King was a member of Woollahra Council for four years and Mayor for two during which time he dealt extensively with planning and heritage issues.


"Mr King has also had dir ect involvement in conservation issues arising from both his work as a pro bono adviser to Landcare Walcha and as convenor of an urban environmental group in eastern Sydney.


"Mr King will replace the former Chair, Wendy McCarthy AO, whose term concluded a t the end of January 1998."


Senator Hill said that Ms McCarthy had made a major contribution to heritage conservation during her time in office.


"I am confident that, under Mr King's leadership, the Commission will continue to play a key role in conservi ng Australia's heritage while encouraging liaison with all players in the heritage field," Senator Hill said.


5 March 1998 (22/98)

For further information, contact:

Matt Brown,  Minister's Office,  02 6277 7640

Noel Pratt, Australian Heritage Commission 0 2 6217 2117






Queen's Square Chambers

Levels 1 & 2, 235 Macquarie Street


(02) 9232 4671 (W)


Born at Bingara, NSW 29 June 1952 Married with 3 Children





Barrister-at-Law  1979 to Present


(Special isation - admiralty law; law of international trade; constitutional law)


Judicial Member Equal Opportunity Tribunal of NSW  1995 to Present (term renewed in 1998 for three years)


Royal Australian Navy Reserve, Defence Panel, Lieutenant Commander




University of Sydney - College Tutor and Sub-Warden

University of Sydney - BA (Hons) (English Literature)

University of Oxford - MA (Oxon) (Jurisprudence)

Member of Inner Temple, Inns of Court London  1978

Rhodes Scholar  1975


Author of various published articles including topics of law of sea, pollution of the seas, Australian constitutional law; co-author of Australian Maritime Law (1993)




Convenor urban environmental organisation on air, noise

& traffic issues in Sydney; (Road Action Gro up East Inc.)  1996 - 1997


Landcare Walcha - pro bono legal consultant  1996 - 1998


Woollahra Municipal Council

Alderman  1987 - 1991

Mayor  1990 - 1991




Preserving built heritage; indigenous art; sport.