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Appointment to the Family Court of Australia

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Today the Government has announced the appointment of the Hon Robert McClelland as a judge of the Family Court of Australia, based in the Sydney registry.

Mr McClelland is an experienced and respected former Commonwealth Attorney-General who will be a valuable addition to the Bench of the Family Court and I congratulate him on his appointment.

Graduating from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws in 1982, Mr McClelland was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in the same year. Between 1982 and 1996 he served as first a solicitor and later a partner at Turner Freeman. He completed his Master of Laws at the University of Sydney
in 1999.

Mr McClelland was elected as the Federal Member for Barton in 1996 and served as the Commonwealth Attorney-General from 2007 to 2011 and the Vice-President of the Executive Council from 2010 to 2012. 

During his term as Attorney-General, Mr McClelland demonstrated a commitment to improving the family law system.  He instituted a number of changes to the Family Law Act 1975 to better support separated and separating families and improve the way that the family law system responds to family violence and child abuse.

Mr McClelland was admitted as a barrister in 2011 and is currently a partner at Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers. 

Mr McClelland’s appointment will fill the vacancy left by the retirement of the Hon Stuart Fowler AM and will commence on 16 June 2015.


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