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Reappointments to the national Native Title Tribunal.

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Minister for Justice and Customs Manager of Government Business in the Senate Senator for Western Australia

E135/05 24 October 2005


Acting Attorney-General Senator Chris Ellison today announced the re-appointments of Mr Christopher Doepel as Registrar and Mr Daniel O’Dea as a full-time member of the National Native Title Tribunal.

Senator Ellison said these appointments are important in helping the Tribunal continue to play an important role in the resolution of native title issues and the development of an understanding within the Australian community of those issues.

“The Registrar of the Tribunal assists the President in the management of the administrative affairs of the Tribunal, in addition to performing various statutory functions under the Native Title Act 1993. I am pleased that Mr Doepel will be continuing on in this role,” Senator Ellison said.

Mr Doepel was first appointed as Registrar of the Tribunal in 1998 and was re-appointed in 2002. Prior to joining the Tribunal, Mr Doepel was State Director of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs in Western Australia. He has held a variety of senior appointments during his career including with the Departments of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Social Security and AusAid.

Senator Ellison said the re-appointment of Mr O’Dea will mean the Tribunal continues to benefit from his breadth of experience and expertise.

Mr O’Dea has been a full-time member of the Tribunal since December 2002. Prior to his appointment, Mr O’Dea was Principal Legal Officer in the Native Title Unit of the Ngaanyatjarra Council where he was responsible for the preparation, negotiation and litigation of all native title claims in the Ngaanyatjarra Council’s Central Desert Region. Between 1991 and 1996, Mr O’Dea was a Senior Associate in Perth, first with Bennet & Co and then with Corser & Corser.

The reappointments will come into effect following the expiry of the current appointments of Mr Doepel on 31 December 2005 and Mr O’Dea on 8 December 2005.

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