Top posts filled at FWC, tribunals and courts

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Top posts filled at FWC, tribunals and courts

As the federal election looms the government has filled senior posts at discrimination tribunals, the Fair Work Commission, federal courts and other agencies.

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As the federal election looms the government has filled senior posts at discrimination tribunals, the Fair Work Commission, federal courts and other agencies.

Discrimination tribunals


The federal Attorney-General has appointed Dr Kay Patterson as Age Discrimination Commissioner, Alastair McEwin as Disability Discrimination Commissioner and Edward Santow as Human Rights Commissioner.

The A-G, Senator Brandis, said the appointments would be for five years and would ensure the Australian Human Rights Commission had its full complement of commissioners.

Dr Patterson is a psychologist with expertise in gerontology and has had extensive experience advocating for older Australians. She is a current commissioner of the National Mental Health Commission.

Mr McEwin has been a longstanding advocate for the rights of people with disability, and has represented the interests of people with disability at all levels. He is a former chief executive officer of People with Disability Australia and a former manager of the Australian Centre for Disability Law.

Mr Santow is the chief executive officer of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. He is a senior visiting fellow at the University of New South Wales and a former senior lecturer. Mr Santow is currently a director of the Australian Pro Bono Centre and the University of Sydney Law School Foundation.

FWC new appointment


Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has appointed Lyndall Dean, an employment lawyer, as a deputy president of the Fair Work Commission. She is the fourth female appointee by Senator Cash to the FWC.

Commissioner Michael Roberts has retired after 13 years on the FWC.

Federal Circuit Court


The Attorney-General has appointed Melbourne IR barrister Alister McNab to the Federal Circuit Court.

Also appointed to the same court was another IR lawyer, Brana Obradovic from Sydney.

Other appointments


One of the counsel assisting the Heydon Royal Commission, Sarah McNaughton SC, has been appointed Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions – a five-year term.

Numerous appointments have been made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Details of the appointments by the A-G can be found here

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