The Honourable John Lockhart AO QC
The Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, expresses condolences on the death of the Hon John Lockhart.
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14 January 2006
The Hon John Lockhart AO QC was an outstanding Australian and internationally respected jurist, Minister for Ageing Julie Bishop said today.
"Mr Lockhart most recently completed work for the Government as chair of the independent review of The Prohibition of Human Cloning Act 2002 and the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2000," Ms Bishop said.
"His work on that review enabled the committee to consult widely across Australia, deal with more than 1000 submissions and report by the legislative deadline of December 19.
"The thorough analysis of the complex scientific and ethical issues in this report is a fine example of the high standards that Mr Lockhart achieved throughout his career."
Mr Lockhart died on January 13, after a short battle with illness.
"His death would be mourned by a great many Australians," Ms Bishop said.
Ms Bishop said Mr Lockhart had made a significant contribution to Australia and was a highly regarded member of the international legal community. He was a Justice of the Federal Court of Australia from 1978 until 1999, a member of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, since 2002 and was appointed as the Deputy Chair of the International Legal Services Advisory Council in 2004.
"My condolences to his wife and family," Ms Bishop said.
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