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Appointments to Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

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12 September 2007 199/2007


Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today announced two new appointments and two re-appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Mr Ruddock welcomed the Hon Dr Bruce McPherson CBE and the Hon Mr Robert Nicholson AO as part-time Deputy Presidents to the Tribunal.

“Both appointments will bring considerable legal experience to the Tribunal,” Mr Ruddock said.

Dr McPherson is a recently retired judge of the Queensland Court of Appeal and his extensive judicial experience includes service as a Judge of Appeal on the High Court of Solomon Islands and the Fiji Court of Appeal.

Mr Nicholson was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Western Australia. He was a Deputy President of the Tribunal from 1986-88.

Mr Ruddock also congratulated Mr Julian Block on his re-appointment as a part time Deputy President and Professor Graham Johnston AM as a part-time member of the Tribunal.

“The Tribunal is fortunate to retain Mr Block and Professor Johnston as they have demonstrated their ability to bring experience and dedication to the review of administrative decisions.”

Mr Block, who was first appointed to the Tribunal in 1995, is a part-time judicial member of the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal and an acting judge of the NSW District Court.

Professor Johnston has been a member of the Tribunal since 1991 and brings considerable expertise in chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology to the Tribunal.

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal provides independent review of a wide range of administrative decisions made by the Australian Government. The new appointments and re-appointments will enhance the Tribunal’s ability to provide a mechanism of review that is fair, just, economical and quick.

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