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Fresh blood for Administrative Appeals

Fresh blood for Administrative Appeals

EIGHT NEW people have been appointed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal by Attorney-General Philip Ruddock, with four existing members having their tenure renewed.Naida Isenberg and Peter…

EIGHT NEW people have been appointed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal by Attorney-General Philip Ruddock, with four existing members having their tenure renewed.

Naida Isenberg and Peter Taylor SC will serve the Tribunal as part-time senior members. Dr Teresa Baker, David Connolly AM, Air Vice Marshal Franklin Cox (Retd), Stephen Frost, Dr Saw Hooi Toh and Peter Wilkins MBE are all new part-time members.

“These new appointees are well-respected members of their chosen professions, in fields as diverse as law, medicine, taxation, superannuation and pharmaceutical science,” Ruddock said.

“I am delighted that people of such calibre are willing to make further valuable contributions to the community by bringing their experience and expertise to the Tribunal.”

Taylor, Baker, Connolly, Frost and Toh will join the New South Wales Tribunal, where Isenberg will continue in her new role as senior member. Both Cox and Wilkins will be based in the Australian Capital Territory.

Ruddock also acknowledged Mason Allen RFD for his re-appointment as a full-time senior member, and Rear Admiral Anthony Horton AO RAN (Retd), Dr Michael Miller AO and Dr Maxwell Thorpe on their re-appointment as part-time members of the Tribunal.

Allen, Horton and Thorpe will continue to be based in NSW, with Miller continuing at the Tribunal’s ACT registry.

“These members represent a wealth of experience and knowledge and have demonstrated a deep commitment to the importance of administrative review and to the performance and good reputation of the Tribunal,” Ruddock said.

The Tribunal exists to provide independent review of a range of administrative decisions made by the Australian Government. The new appointments and the re-appointment of Allen commenced on 24 August. Horton, Miller and Thorpe will begin in their roles on 1 October.

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