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Sir Kenneth Bailey due to retire on November 3



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The Commonwealth Attorney-General, Sir Garfield

Barwick, said today that, for some years in the Department

of the Attorney-General, the two offices of Solicitor-General

and Secretary of the Department have been held by the same

person, latterly by Sir Kenneth Bailey. Sir Kenneth is due

to retire on the 3rd of .Novagiber-next» - .

Sir Garfield said that it had been decided that,

on Sir Kenneth's retirement from the Public Service, it was .

not intended that the two offices should be filled by the

same person. The responsible ities of both offices have

greatly extended since the office of Solicitor-General was

created in 1916. The need for the Solicitor-General to

appear in the Courts, particularly the High Court, in cases

involving the Commonwealth and to devote any necessary

amount of time to top level advising, made the task of

administering at the same time a Department of State unduly

onerous.

Sir Kenneth Bailey was due to attend the General

Assembly of the United Nations as a member of the Australian

delegation and v/as likely to be absent from Australia for

about tv/o months. '

It has been decided, in the circumstances, to

extend Sir Kenneth's term of office as Secretary of the

Department for a period of three months from November 3rd

and that, following his retirement as Secretary, at the end

of that period, he should continue for a short period to

serve as Solicitor-General under .the new system.

Sir Kenneth would be succeeded as Secretary by

Mr. E.J. Hook, now First Assistant Secretary (Executive) of

the Department. Mr. Hook will act in Sir Kenneth's stead

during his absence at the United Nations.