Monday, 1 August 2016

Who is the new female Commissioner? 
The Turnbull Government's move to quickly establish a Royal Commission into the Northern Territory's youth detention system quickly became a bit of a mess.

Just days after being appointed, former NT Chief Justice Brian Martin yesterday stepped down from heading up the Commission.

He's been replaced by two commissioners: former Queensland Supreme Court judgeMargaret White and Indigenous figure Mick Gooda.

Margaret White's been described as a "very fine legal mind" by Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts in The Australian today, and as someone who in 21 years as a Supreme Court justice, "brought to bear great humanity as well as intelligence."

First admitted as a barrister in 1978, White became the first female Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1992.

She said she's honoured to have been approached for the role, but conceded it will be a challenging task.
From Women's Agenda Aug. 2016

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