find the latest legal job
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Full time · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
Legal Inhouse / Lawyer / Company Secretary
Category: Other | Location: Brisbane QLD 4000
· Fantastic Company · Potential to be Part Time / Flexible Work Pattern
View details
Part Time Risk & Compliance Officer
Category: Other | Location: Brisbane QLD 4000
· Brisbane City · Flexible Part Time Hours
View details
Branson retires as head of Commission

Branson retires as head of Commission

The president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Catherine Branson QC, has announced she will be stepping down from the position at the end of July 2012.

Branson took up the role in October 2008 and was expected to serve a five-year term. She said she wishes to spend more time with her family.

Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon thanked Branson for her service, saying she was a passionate advocate who fought for “the rights of all Australians, particularly those most vulnerable in our society”.

“President Branson has led the Commission’s increased role in building greater understanding and respect for human rights in our community, a key plank of Australia’s Human Rights Framework,” she said.

In addition to her role as president, Branson has been the Human Rights Commissioner since July 2009.

“As a committed advocate for strengthening human rights in our region, President Branson has also been instrumental in cementing the Australian Human Rights Commission as a leading National Human Rights Institution in our region and beyond,” said Roxon.

Former Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland also thanked Branson for her service.

“President Branson presided over a period of great collaboration between the Commission and the Government on the development of Australia’s Human Rights Framework,” he said.

“I thank her for constructive input into a range of key reforms.”

Branson began her career in private practice in the 1970s before landing a role in the public sector in 1976. In 1978, Branson began working as a solicitor in the Office of the Crown Solicitor of South Australia. Working with Crown Solicitor Graham Prior QC, Branson’s career blossomed and, in 1984, the Attorney-General of South Australia, Chris Sumner, appointed Branson – then only 35 years of age – to the dual positions of Crown Solicitor of South Australia and Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department.

Branson’s later career would include an appointment as Queen’s Counsel in 1992 and her ascension to the bench of the Federal Court in 1994.

Despite a career with many highlights, Branson felt privileged to work in the human rights field.

“There is great joy in meeting people who, in some way or another, feel that their life is better because of the work of the Commission,” she told Lawyers Weekly last year.

“These things give me enormous joy. We hear an awful lot of sad – if not desperate – stories, and mix with a lot of people who are vulnerable, who are marginalised, and who are not having their rights respected. So it’s wonderful to have the joy of meeting someone on whose life we have had a positive impact.”

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Branson retires as head of Commission
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Crowd
Nov 23 2017
Anti-radicalisation programs playing ‘second fiddle’ to terrorism laws
Several academics have questioned the balance between Australia’s counterterrorism legislation and...
 William Ah Ket
Nov 23 2017
‘Bamboo ceiling’ thought piece wins inaugural law prize
A paper that explores the idea of affirmative action to achieve greater diversity among members of A...
Nov 22 2017
Reduced investment protections will make robust commercial arbitration mechanisms all the more critical for investors
Promoted by Maxwell Chambers. This article discusses the current trend away from investor protect...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...