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GUEST,freda BS: Who are your heroes (82* d) RE: BS: Who are your heroes 28 Mar 04

Lionel Murphy, a judge and later attorney general in Gough Whitlam's labor government, whose impact on the australian legal system brought about profound changes and improvements in our country.

A documentary ("Mr Neal is entitled to be an agitator") was made on one of Lionel Murphy's court decisions, Neal v The Queen (1982) 149 CLR 305. In this case, Justice Murphy made a finding in favour of an Aboriginal political activist's right to political dissent.

he reformed family law to bring in no fault divorces, abolished the death penmalty, and brought in a series of committees in parliament to analyse and vet proposed legislation. He introduced legal aid and lkegal aid centres for low income people, the Racial Discrimination Act, the Trade Practices Act, the Family Law Act, the abolition of the death penalty and Australia's opposition in the International Court of Justice to French nuclear tests in the Pacific. On his initiative, the Australian Parliament established the Australian Law Reform Commission.

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