Frank Walker Lecture 2014

"A Golden Era of Law Reform"

The Inaugural Frank Walker Lecture was held at Parliament House on 11 November 2014. His Honour Judge Greg Woods delivered the lecture titled "A Golden Era of Law Reform"

“A GOLDEN ERA OF LAW REFORM”
PARLIAMENT HOUSE THEATRETTE, MACQUARIE ST, SYDNEY
6PM, 11 NOVEMBER 2014

G.D. WOODS 

My remarks tonight are chiefly about Francis John Walker, Attorney General for New South Wales from 1976 to 1983, and partly about his friend and colleague Peter Duncan, Attorney-General of South Australia between 1975 and 1979. Both were instrumental in effecting major social law reforms. Both held numerous ministerial and other appointments and you can consult “Who’s Who” for those details. I am concerned tonight particularly with some of their state law reform achievements while Attorneys-General in the Wran and Dunstan governments respectively. The two of them shared a house in Canberra during the Hawke government when both served as commonwealth ministers in the 1980s, but that period is another story....

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