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Archives for 1999

Kevin Newman, Former Fraser Minister, Dies, 65

Kevin Newman, the man who won the Bass by-election in 1975, and a minister in the Fraser Liberal Government of the 1970s, has died, aged 65.

Newman was the husband of Senator Jocelyn Newman, the Minister for Family and Community Services.

He was first elected to the Tasmanian seat of Bass in June 1975, winning the previously safe Labor seat in a by-election following the retirement of Lance Barnard.

The huge swing to the Liberal Party, around 15%, is believed to have been influential in persuading the coalition parties to block the Whitlam Government’s budget a few months later, an action that led to the dismissal of Gough Whitlam.

Whitlam’s Speech At The 175th Anniversary Of The Supreme Court Of NSW

This is Gough Whitlam’s speech at the 175th anniversary of the Supreme Court of NSW.

Gough Whitlam’s speech at the 175th anniversary of the Supreme Court of NSW.

WhitlamMay it please the court, I have the honour and the privilege of speaking today on behalf of the Bar of New South Wales.

At Government House, on the corner of Bridge and Phillip Streets, on the 17 May 1824, Francis Forbes Esquire took the oath of office as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. We are gathered together to remember gratefully that day and its consequences. New South Wales had a Chief Justice before it had a Legislative Council or a Legislative Assembly or a Premier. For 175 years the Supreme Court has been primarily responsible for ensuring that the executive, legislature and judiciary of New South Wales obey the rule of law.

In Australia we do not learn and discuss our history as much as we should. For too many of us history happens in other countries. Except in New York State and a few of the other original States in the United States, no common law court in the world bears a name as old as the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Seven days before Chief Justice Forbes took his oath, John Lewes Pedder took the oath of office as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Van Diemen’s Land. After the colonies of New Zealand, Victoria and Queensland were separated from the colony of New South Wales, Chief Justices of the new Supreme Courts took their oaths of office in January 1842, June 1852 and February 1863. The Supreme Court of Van Diemen’s Land became the Supreme Court of Tasmania in November 1855. [Read more…]