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Kerr, John, Sir, 1914-1991


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    • John Robert
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    • Kerr, J. R. (John Robert), Sir, 1914-
    • Kerr, John Robert, Sir, 1914-
  • Sources

    • found: Law in Papua and New Guinea, 1968:title page (J.R. Kerr)
    • found: WW in Aus., 1983(Kerr, Sir John Robert)
    • found: The ethics of public office, 1974:tite page (Sir John Kerr)
    • found: Matters for judgement: an autobiography, 1976:title page (Sir John Kerr)
    • found: National Archives of Australia, via WWW, January 16, 2015(John Robert Kerr, Governor-General of Australia, 1974-77 - Fact sheet 241; John Robert Kerr was born in Balmain on 24 September 1914; he studied law at the University of Sydney, and was admitted to the NSW Bar in 1938; Kerr became Principal of the Australian School of Pacific Administration in Sydney (the civilian successor agency to the LHQ School of Civil Affairs); he was an advisor to the Australian delegation to the United Nations (1947) and Organising Secretary of the South Pacific Commission (1948); Kerr returned to his legal practice in 1948 and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1953; he established a reputation as a specialist in industrial law and in constitutional work; from 1966 to 1972, Kerr served as a Judge of the Commonwealth Industrial Court and of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory (1966-1972), a Judge of the Courts of Marine Inquiry (1967-1972), Deputy-President of the Trade Practices Tribunal (1967-1973), and Chairman of the Commonwealth Administrative Review Committee (1968-1972); he was appointed Chief Justice of New South Wales in 1972; Kerr was sworn in as the 18th Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Force on 11 July 1974; his term as Governor-General is most notable for his dismissal of the Whitlam Labor Government, dissolution of the 29th Parliament and installation of the Fraser caretaker Government on 11 November 1975; less than two years later (14 July 1977), his resignation was announced with effect from 8 December that year; on 9 February 1978, Kerr was appointed as Australian Ambassador to UNESCO in Paris; however, amid vocal opposition he resigned from the position (2 March 1978) before taking up his duties; John Kerr died in Sydney on 24 March 1991)
    • found: Wikipedia, January 16, 2015(John Kerr (governor-general); Sir John Robert Kerr AK, GCMG, GCVO, QC; born September 24, 1914 in Balmain, a working-class suburb of Sydney; died March 24, 1991 in Sydney, New South Wales; he was the 18th Governor-General of Australia, serving from July 11, 1974 to December 8, 1977; he dismissed the Labor government of Gough Whitlam on November 11, 1975, marking the climax of the most significant constitutional crisis in Australian history; he had previously been the 13th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, from May 23, 1972 to June 27, 1974)
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