Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Sir Harry Gibbs Chief Justice of the High Court Australia comments on the Constitution
The following document is from the Chief Justice of the High Court Australia written to a Mr. John Wilson commenting on the Constitution.
Sir Harry Talbot Gibbs, GCMG, AC, KBE, QC (17 February 1917 - 25 June 2005) was Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia from 1981 to 1987 after serving as a member of the High Court between 1970 and 1981.
He was known as one of Australia's leading federalist judges although he presided over the High Court when decisions such as Koowarta v Bjelke-Petersen in 1982 and Commonwealth v Tasmania expanded the powers of the Commonwealth at the expense of the states.
Gibbs dissented from the majority verdict in both cases. Read Profile Wikipedia.