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High Court Justice appointed to Privy Council



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PRIME MINISTER

FOR MEDIA 28 SEPTEMBER 1979

HIGH COURT JUSTICE APPOINTED TO PRIVY COUNCIL

The Prime Minister, Mr Fraser, announced today that

Sir Ninian Stephen, K.B.E., a Justice of the High Court of Australia, had been appointed as a member of the Privy Council by the Queen. The appointment of Sir Ninian follows similar

appointments of the Chief Justice, Sir Garfield Barwick, in . 1964 and Sir Harry Gibbs in 1972.

The appointment follows the decision announced at.the

conclusion of the Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference in 1962, to recommend the appointment of judges from the

Commonwealth who would then become available to sit on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Mr Fraser's announcement was made at the same time as a

similar announcement by the British. Prime Minister, Mrs Thatcher in London.

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