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O'Neil, Pamela Frances (1945 - )

BSc (Biochem), FIPAA

20 September 1945
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Feminist and Tribunal Member


Pamela O'Neil was Australia's first Sex Discrimination Commissioner.



20 Sept. 1945
Born: daughter of John Patrick and Lurline Margaret Patfield Caffery
1958 - 1962
Attended All Hallows' School, Queensland
1963 - 1965
Attended Queensland University
1966 - 1969
Biochemist with the Commonwealth Health Laboratory, Darwin
1977 - 1983
Member Legislative Assembly, Australian Labor Party, for Fannie Bay, Northern Territory
1981 - 1983
Deputy Opposition Leader, Northern Territory
c. 1983
Appointed, Northern Territory representative to the CSIRO Committee on Information and Social Impact
1984 - 1988
Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Commissioner
1986 - 1988
Member of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
Director of the Australian Heritage Commission
1989 - 1995
Principal Member of the Immigration Review Tribunal
1991 - 1993
Member of the Executive Committee, Australian Institute Administrative Law
Member of the Committee for the Review of the System of Review of Migration Decisions
1992 - 1993
President of the Royal Institute of Public Administration, ACT Division
1996 - 1997
Head of the Commonwealth Paedophile Inquiry
1996 - 1998
Chairperson of the Migration Agents Licensing Board
1996 - 1999
Member of the National Native Title Tribunal
1996 - 2009
Senior Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, ACT
Visiting Scholar of the Centre for International and Public Law at the Australian National University

Sources used to compile this entry: accessed 03032003, Who's Who in Australia 2002 p. 1434-1435 and Pamela O'Neil's CV.

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