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New administrator for the Northern Territory



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The Hon Wendy Fatin MR Minister for the Arts and Territories Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women

September 18 1992

NEW ADMINISTRATOR FOR THE NORTHERN TERRITORY

The Minister for the Arts and Territories, Wendy Fatin, and the Chief Minister for the Northern Territory, Marshall Perron, announced today that the Governor-General had appointed the Hon Mr Justice Asche QC as the next Administrator of the Northern Territory. .

The appointment will take effect on March 1 1993. The term of the present Administrator, the Hon James Muirhead QC, will end on December 4 1992.

Mr Justice Asche will be Acting Administrator from December 5 until his assumption of duties as Administrator next March.

Mr Justice Asche, 66, was educated in Darwin and Melbourne. He has held senior judicial and academic positions in Victoria and the Territory. A former Chancellor of Deakin University and Chairman of the University College of the NT, and Chancellor of the Northern Territory University since its creation in

1989, Justice Asche was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory in 1987.

The retiring Administrator, Mr James Muirhead, has held office since July 1 1989. Ms Fatin and Mr Perron noted the high esteem in which Mr Muirhead is held and expressed their appreciation of his valuable contribution to the government of the Territory over the past three years.

Contact: Ruth Dewsbury (06) 277 7240

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