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New HREOC president appointed


Cite as: (2003) 77(7) LIJ, p.15

Federal Court Justice John William von Doussa has been appointed president of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC).

Justice von Doussa, who retired from the Federal Court to begin his appointment on 10 June, took over the position from retiring president Professor Alice Tay.

He said he was honoured to be chosen as Professor Tay’s successor.

However, he refused to be drawn on the federal government’s proposed changes to the structure of HREOC. The changes include a curtailing of its ability to intervene in court cases, which will need in most instances the approval of the federal Attorney-General.

“It is the role of the president to work within the parameters of the Act and I shall endeavour to do so,” he said.

Justice von Doussa was a judge of the South Australian Supreme Court for two years before being appointed to the Federal Court in 1988. He has been South Australian Law Society president, Law Council of Australia vice-president, Australian Competition Tribunal president and a member of the Australian Law Reform Commission.


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