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Re-appointment of First Parliamentary Counsel.

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6 July 2000



I am pleased to announce today the re-appointment of Ms Hilary Penfold as the First Parliamentary Counsel.

The First Parliamentary Counsel heads the Office of Parliamentary Counsel, which drafts Commonwealth primary legislation.

Ms Penfold, who has held the position of the First Parliamentary Counsel for the last seven years, has over twenty years experience as a legislative drafter. She was the first woman to have been appointed to the position at the Commonwealth level.

Ms Penfold is also the President of the Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel - an association of legislative drafters working in the British Commonwealth - and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Federal Law Review - a journal of the Faculty of Law in the Australian National University.

Having graduated with First Class Honours in Law from the Australian National University, Ms Penfold was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory in 1977.

In June this year, Ms Penfold was awarded a Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for outstanding public service as First Parliamentary Counsel.

Her new period of appointment is for seven years beginning on 7 July 2000.






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