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Abstract

Herbert Vere Evatt is one of the most fascinating members of Australia’s legal zoo. In fact, it is easy to argue that he is one of the most interesting politicians and jurists in Australia’s history. Not only was the ‘Doc’ – the name most knew him by (we’ll get to that)- the youngest ever High Court judge, he was also, in his long and varied career, a member of Parliament(first in the New South Wales parliament, then in the Commonwealth parliament) and the Commonwealth Attorney General, Minister for External Affairs (what is equivalent now to Minister for Foreign Affairs), Leader of the Opposition in the Federal Parliament (for the Labor Party), Chief Justice of the New South Wales Supreme Court, first President of the United Nations General Assembly, and first Chairperson of the Atomic Energy Commission…all in one lifetime!

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