Famous Australian Lawyers & Judges

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 1 Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Entrepreneur, Lawyer, Investment Banker
Birthdate: October 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Malcolm Turnbull is a retired Australian politician. From 2015 to 2018, Turnbull served as the 29th prime minister of Australia. He also served as the leader of the Liberal Party on two occasions. For his service to the Parliament of Australia, Turnbull was awarded Companion of the Order of Australia during the 2021 Australia Day Honours

 2 Bill Shorten

Bill Shorten
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Trade unionist
Birthdate: May 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne
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 3 Julie Bishop

Julie Bishop
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Famous As: Jurist, Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer
Birthdate: July 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lobethal

Julie Bishop is an Australian former politician who once served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs. For several years, she was the deputy leader of the Liberal Party. She studied law at the University of Adelaide and worked as a commercial lawyer before venturing into politics. In 2020, she became the first woman chancellor of the Australian National University.  

 4 Edmund Barton

Edmund Barton
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Australia
Birthdate: January 18, 1849
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glebe
Died: January 7, 1920

The first prime minister of Australia, Edmund Barton had also been a senior judge at the High Court of Australia. The federation movement leader was also a major force behind the drafting of the constitution of his country. After rejecting the knighthood thrice, he finally accepted the honor in 1902.

 5 Waleed Aly

Waleed Aly
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Famous As: Radio personality, Television presenter, Lawyer, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne

 6 Adam Liaw

Adam Liaw
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: September 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glenalta

 7 Quentin Bryce

Quentin Bryce
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Famous As: Teacher, Lawyer
Birthdate: December 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brisbane
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 8 Christopher Pyne

Christopher Pyne
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

 9 Shaun Micallef

Shaun Micallef
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: July 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Adelaide

Shaun Micallef first gained fame with Theatre Sports on ABC TV. A qualified lawyer who practiced for a decade too, he later stepped into films and TV. Although a teetotaler, he does consume alcohol for his shoots. He has also hosted programs such as the Dave & Denise with Shaun Micallef.

 10 Zali Steggall

Zali Steggall
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manly, Australia

 11 Joe Hockey

Joe Hockey
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Famous As: Statesman, Diplomat, Lawyer
Birthdate: August 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney

 12 Andrew Peacock

Andrew Peacock
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Famous As: Diplomat, Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: February 13, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbourne

 13 Michael Kirby

Michael Kirby
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Famous As: lawyer, Judge, Jurist-consultant, Solicitor
Birthdate: March 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney

 14 Peter Costello

Peter Costello
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Famous As: Economist, Politician, Lawyer, Investment banker
Birthdate: August 14, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne

Peter Costello is an Australian former politician and lawyer. From 1996 to 2007, Costello served as the Treasurer of Australia, becoming the longest-serving Australian Treasurer in history. Costello had an illustrious political career; from 1990 to 2009 he was an important member of the House of Representatives and from 1994 to 2007, he served as the Liberal Party's Deputy Leader.

 15 Stanley Bruce

Stanley Bruce
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 15, 1883
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: August 25, 1967

 16 James D. Wolfensohn

James D. Wolfensohn
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: December 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

A renowned investment banker and the ninth President of the World Bank, James D. Wolfensohn was also a transformative and hands-on leader and a global champion of human rights.  Beginning his career in investment banking, he worked for several different institutions, before being nominated to the World Bank, shifting the Bank’s commitment back to alleviate poverty and promote social justice.  

 17 Ninian Stephen

Ninian Stephen
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nettlebed, Oxfordshire, England
Died: October 29, 2017

 18 Eric Abetz

Eric Abetz
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Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: January 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stuttgart

 19 H. V. Evatt

H. V. Evatt
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 30, 1894
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: East Maitland, Australia
Died: November 2, 1965

 20 Natasha Stott Despoja

Natasha Stott Despoja
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Famous As: Australian Senator
Birthdate: September 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

 21 Robert French

Robert French
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Famous As: Judge, Barrister, Solicitor
Birthdate: March 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Perth

 22 Robert Holmes à Court

Robert Holmes à Court
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 27, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: September 2, 1990

 23 Mick Dodson

Mick Dodson
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Famous As: Barrister
Birthdate: April 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Katherine, Australia

 24 Garfield Barwick

Garfield Barwick
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: June 22, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: July 13, 1997

 25 Stephen Gageler

Stephen Gageler
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Famous As: Judge, Taekwondo Athletic
Birthdate: July 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New South Wales, Australia

 26 Roma Mitchell

Roma Mitchell
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 2, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
Died: March 5, 2000

 27 Jon Stanhope

Jon Stanhope
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gundagai, Australia

 28 Harry Gibbs

Harry Gibbs
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Famous As: Justice
Birthdate: February 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: June 25, 2005

 29 Bernard O'Dowd

Bernard O'Dowd
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 11, 1866
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beaufort, Australia
Died: September 1, 1953

Born to Irish immigrants in Australia, Bernard O'Dowd became a head teacher at 17. He lost his teaching job for his radical views and was branded a heretic, but unperturbed, he opened his own school. A talented poet, he had also worked as a lawyer, a journalist, and a librarian.

 30 John Davies

John Davies
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Famous As: Swimmer, Judge
Birthdate: May 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Willoughby, Australia
Died: March 24, 2020

Apart from being an Olympic gold medalist, Australian swimmer John Davies was also a UCLA graduate and later became a federal judge in the US. The breaststroke specialist became Australia’s first swimming gold medal winner since Clare Dennis, at Helsinki in 1952. He was also named to the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

 31 Julian Burnside

Julian Burnside
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: June 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

 32 Wayne Goss

Wayne Goss
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: February 26, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mundubbera, Australia
Died: November 10, 2014