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Tuesday, 21 August 1973
Page: 12

Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (Prime Minister) by leave- I am sure that honourable members would want me to express the appreciation of the House of the services which the former member for Parramatta, Mr Nigel Bowen, rendered to the Parliament, and particularly while he was a Minister, to the nation. Mr Nigel Bowen brought to the Parliament and his Party great distinction. He served them both with great distinction. He was admitted to the New South Wales bar in 1936. He took silk in 1953 and was the distinguished editor of the Australian Law Journal 'for 12years, from 1946 to 1958. From 1957 to 1960 he was VicePresident of the Law Council of Australia and from 1959 to 1961 he was President of the Bar Council of New South Wales. I might add that some 35 years ago he was my first tutor in law. I hesitate to say this because I must acknowledge that he took every care but does not accept any responsibility for my subsequent career.

Nigel Bowen came to this Parliament as an outstanding legal practitioner among practising barristers before the courts. His services were eagerly sought by clients in many States and in all the most important cases before the courts. I need not recount his career in the Parliament and in government because they are still fresh in the minds of honourable members. Last year he could have been appointed to the High Court. With remarkable selflessness and typical loyalty he declined. Earlier this year he was almost elected leader of his Party. He has now returned to his first love, the law. He is a very fitting appointment as a judge of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. He will bring great distinction and dedication to his new field of service.

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