John Hatzistergos

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The Honourable
John Hatzistergos
Member of the
New South Wales Legislative Council
In office
27 March 1999 – 19 May 2011
Preceded by Jim Kaldis
Succeeded by Adam Searle
Minister for Justice
In office
2 April 2003 – 10 August 2005
Preceded by Bob Debus as Minister for Corrective Services
Succeeded by Tony Kelly
In office
2 April 2007 – 4 December 2009
Preceded by Tony Kelly
Succeeded by Phillip Costa as Minister for Corrective Services
Graham West as Minister for Juvenile Justice
Minister for Fair Trading
In office
1 February 2005 – 10 August 2005
Preceded by Reba Meagher
Succeeded by Diane Beamer
Minister for Health
In office
10 August 2005 – 2 April 2007
Preceded by Morris Iemma
Succeeded by Reba Meagher
Attorney General
In office
2 April 2007 – 28 March 2011
Preceded by Bob Debus
Succeeded by Greg Smith
Minister for Industrial Relations
In office
11 September 2008 – 4 December 2009
Preceded by John Della Bosca
Succeeded by John Robertson
Minister for Regulatory Reform
In office
8 December 2009 – 28 March 2011
Preceded by Joe Tripodi
Succeeded by Greg Pearce
Minister for Citizenship
In office
8 December 2009 – 28 March 2011
Preceded by Virginia Judge
Succeeded by Victor Dominello as Minister for Citizenship and Communities
Vice President of the Executive Council
In office
1 September 2009 – 28 March 2011
Preceded by Tony Kelly
Succeeded by Michael Gallacher
Personal details
Born (1960-08-20) 20 August 1960 (age 54)
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Maria
Children 3
Occupation Barrister
Website NSW Parliament webpage

John Hatzistergos (born 20 August 1960) is a former Australian politician who was a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council representing the Australian Labor Party between 1999 and 2011. He was a senior Minister in Keneally ministry.

Early life and education[edit]

Raised in Redfern, Sydney, the son of two Greek immigrants, Hatzistergos was educated at Bourke Street Primary School in Surry Hills and Cleveland Street Boys High.[1]

Hatzistergos studied economics and law at the University of Sydney, where he was later appointed to the Senate of the University.[1]

Career[edit]

Legal career[edit]

Hatzistergos was a solicitor in private practice between 1983 and 1987. He spent the next two years as a Senior Legal Officer with the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions and a barrister in private practice since 1989.[2]

Political career[edit]

First elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council in 1999, Hatzistergos served as the NSW Minister for Health, between 2005–2007 and again briefly for 14 days in 2009,[2] Minister for Fair Trading (2005) and Minister for Justice, between 2003–2005 and again between 2007–2009. Hatzistergos served as Attorney General[3] from 2007 until 2011, and Minister for Industrial Relations between 2008 and 2009. He was Minister for Citizenship, Minister for Regulatory Reform, Vice President of the Executive Council and Government Leader in the Legislative Council.[2]

During his tenure, Hatzistergos was a nationally recognised opponent of a Bill of Rights.[4] He has been considered a possible candidate for appointment to the Supreme Court of New South Wales,[5] and a potential successor to Chief Justice Reg Blanch of the District Court of New South Wales.[6]

On 31 March 2011, Hatzistergos announced that he intended to retire from the Legislative Council despite having four years of his term to run.[7] His announcement follows that of Eddie Obeid with Walt Secord and Adam Searle nominated by Labor to fill the casual vacancies.[8][9]

Post-political career[edit]

In late 2011 Hatzistergos became an adjunct professor at the University of Technology Sydney, teaching constitutional law.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Maiden Speech - The Hon. John Hatzistergos MLC" (pdf). Walsh Bay Development (Special Provisions) Bill - Hansard Extract. Legislative Council of New South Wales. 26 May 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Hon. John Hatzistergos, BEc LLM MLC". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 7 February 2007. 
  3. ^ "Attorneys-General 1823 - present". History. NSW Department of Justice and Attorney General. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Carrick, Damien (10 June 2008). "Charter of rights: different views from north and south of the Murray" (transcript). ABC Radio - The Law Report (Australia). Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Mitchell, Alex (27 June 2010). "Hatz should knuckle down and find a job". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Duffy, Michael (20 June 2010). "Judgment on jails is bar talk". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hatzistergos to leave parliament". Sydney Morning Herald. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "New Labor faces decided for NSW Parliament". ABC News. Australia. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Labor votes two MPs to NSW Upper House". Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Adjunct professors". UTS Law. University of Technology Sydney. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Debus
as Minister for Corrective Services
Minister for Justice
2003 – 2005
Succeeded by
Tony Kelly
Preceded by
Reba Meagher
Minister for Fair Trading
2005
Succeeded by
Diane Beamer
Preceded by
Morris Iemma
Minister for Health
2005 – 2007
Succeeded by
Reba Meagher
Preceded by
Tony Kelly
Minister for Justice
2007 – 2009
Succeeded by
Phillip Costa
as Minister for Corrective Services
Graham West
as Minister for Juvenile Justice
Preceded by
Bob Debus
Attorney General of New South Wales
2007 – 2011
Succeeded by
Greg Smith
Preceded by
John Della Bosca
Minister for Industrial Relations
2008 – 2009
Succeeded by
John Robertson
Preceded by
Joe Tripodi
Minister for Regulatory Reform
2009 – 2011
Succeeded by
Greg Pearce
as Minister for Finance and Services
Preceded by
Virginia Judge
Minister for Citizenship
2009 – 2011
Succeeded by
Victor Dominello
as Minister for Citizenship and Communities
Preceded by
Tony Kelly
Vice President of the Executive Council
2009 – 2011
Succeeded by
Michael Gallacher