From Moree to Mabo: The Mary Gaudron Story

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Trans Pacific Press, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 492 pages
This is the remarkable story of Mary Gaudron AC QC, the first female justice of the high court of Australia. Gaudron grew up within Moree's railway community in New South Wales, where she lived as a child in a cottage with dirt floors. Her assent to justice of the high court of Australia is an amazing and empowering tale of strength and courage. With wit, astonishing intellect, and the tool of the law, Gaudron exposed inequality and discrimination in the workforce and campaigned vigorously for women to be accorded equal pay and equal opportunities. Years later, she went on to become one of the justices who ruled on Eddie Mabo's landmark case regarding Aboriginal land rights. From Moree to Mabo is written by Pamela Burton, who is well regarded in the Australian legal community. When Burton faced similar obstacles as one of the few women commencing private legal practice in the 1970s, she received encouragement and support from the brave convention breaker, Mary Gaudron.
 

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Contents

The Evatt Connection
1
Home Ground
7
The Getting of Knowledgeand Religion
27
Sydney University Law School
40
Facing Challenges
58
A Labor gal at the Bar
75
The Pat Mackie Case
95
Equal Payin Principle
112
Taps Leaks and Buckets of Muck
228
High Ground
250
The Mason Court at Work
275
Gaudron at Work
299
Adapting to changethe Court under Chief Justices Brennan and Gleeson
320
Law Gaudronstyle
345
A Time to Speak Out
369
Notes
402

A Seat on the Arbitration Commission
135
A Dramatic Departure
158
NSW Solicitor General
183
Crime and Corruption
206

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