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Written By : Robin Nair . I noted the recent media coverage of Senator Eric Abetz’s reported comments that the Australian government’s acquiescence in the recent appointments of Australians to
20 Jul 2008 12:00

Written By : Robin Nair . I noted the recent media coverage of Senator Eric Abetz’s reported comments that the Australian government’s acquiescence in the recent appointments of Australians to the Fiji judiciary can “potentially be seen as bringing the legal profession into disrepute” and as “upholding and giving credibility to a military regime.”
As a member of the Fiji bar, I have responded to Senator Eric Abetz whom I know personally. I want to share my comments with your readers.
As young law students, we were taught that the judiciary was one of the cornerstones of any society. Any criticism of the judiciary should be well considered and substantive.
I pointed out that the recent appointments to the Fiji judiciary have been of eminent Australians.
These include the appointments to the Supreme Court of Fiji of Justice Ken Hendley QC, Acting Judge of the Court of Appeal of NSW, Justice Keith Mason QC, retired President of the Court of Appeal of NSW, Justice Ron Sackville QC, retired Australian Federal Court judge.
Appointments to the Fiji Court of Appeal include Justice Andrew Bruce QC, Justice Randell Powell SC and Justice Izaz Khan, an eminent Sydney Barrister, author of learned legal articles and a university law lecturer, and to the High Court of another eminent Sydney barrister and law lecturer Mr Tom Hickie.
These eminent gentlemen and proud Australians cannot be relegated to bringing disrepute to any institution.




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