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Federal judge named as Law Reform Commission president

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Australia as the new president of the Australian Law Reform Commission for a term of five years.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 20 June 2023 The Bar
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Justice Mordecai “Mordy” Bromberg has been chosen as the new ALRC president and will serve a five-year term commencing on 10 July.

Bromberg J has been a judge of the Federal Court of Australia since 2009. He became the founding president of the Australian Institute of Employment Rights in 2005 and currently serves as the chair of the advisory board of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law at the University of Melbourne.

His Honour has worked as a solicitor in Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong and London. He joined the Victorian Bar in 1988 and was appointed as a silk in 2003.


In a statement, the A-G’s Department detailed that His Honour has “significant experience” in the leadership of legal research and expertise across a broad range of practice areas, including industrial law, personal injuries, commercial law, product liability, constitutional law, administrative law, and trade practices.

A-G Dreyfus (pictured) said: “On behalf of the Australian government, I congratulate Justice Bromberg on his appointment, and look forward to his contribution to the ALRC.”

“Justice Bromberg’s appointment follows a merit-based process. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all applicants who indicated an interest in this very important role,” the A-G said.

“The government would also like to thank the Honourable Justice Mark Moshinsky for his service as acting president of the ALRC and looks forward to his continued contribution to the work of the ALRC as a part-time commissioner.”

The ALRC, the A-G’s Department outlined, “plays an important role in ensuring our laws continue to work in the best interest of the Australia people”, with its recommendations to the government helping to simplify the law, promote new or better ways to administer the law, and improve access to justice.

In November of last year, the ALRC tabled its Financial Services Legislation: Interim Report B report in Parliament, recommending that the Corporations Act be cut down significantly, in a move that will simplify and shorten corporations and financial services legislation.

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