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Ex-local student appointed as our next Justice of the High Court of Australia



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MEDIA RELEASE THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP MEMBER FOR HUNTER CHIEF GOVERNMENT WHIP ___________________________________________________________

21 August 2012

EX-LOCAL STUDENT APPOINTED AS OUR NEXT JUSTICE OF THE HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA

I welcome the appointment of Mr Stephen Gageler SC as Australia’s new Justice of the High Court of Australia.

Mr Gageler was born and brought up in the Upper Hunter, where he and his family lived on a four-hectare property that also housed his father and grandfather’s sawmill business C. Gageler and Son. He attended Giants Creek Primary School and Muswellbrook High School.

Mr Gageler will be the 49th person appointed to the High Court since Federation.

Mr Gageler has served as the Commonwealth Solicitor General since September 2008. He is a highly distinguished barrister and specialised in constitutional, administrative, revenue and commercial law in Sydney.

Mr Gageler is a person of very high talents and enormous integrity.

It’s great to see one of our ex-students from the Hunter electorate being appointed to such high office.

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Joel Fitzgibbon “Fitzhunter”

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