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Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Vale Judge Kevin O'Connor AM


Nice and deserved tributes in today's Sydney Morning Herald in an obituary by former NSW Solicitor General Michael Sexton for Kevin O'Connor who died in September

Kevin's full and rich life detailed there, was Australia's first federal privacy commissioner and the foundation president of the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal and later Deputy President of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. And brought plenty of knowledge and experience to those jobs.

Kevin had been head of research at the Australian Law Reform Commission 1976-1979 when one of its references was the ALRC's first on privacy. And Director of Policy and Research Victorian Attorney General's Department 1983-1985 when Victoria was the first state in Australia to introduce freedom of information legislation.

And much, much more

Kevin was a warm, friendly fellow with a lively glint in his eyes every time you encountered him.

Sad to hear of his passing.

Condolences to his family.

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