AC CVO QC
|33rd Governor of Western Australia|
1 July 2011
|Preceded by||Ken Michael|
6 August 1938 |
Subiaco, Western Australia
|Spouse(s)||Tonya McCusker (née Batalin)|
|Alma mater||University of Western Australia|
Malcolm James McCusker AC CVO QC (born 6 August 1938) is an Australian barrister and philanthropist who is the current Governor of the Australian state of Western Australia. Born in Subiaco, a suburb of Perth, the capital of Western Australia, McCusker was educated at Hobart High School in Hobart, Tasmania, and Perth Modern School, and later completed a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Western Australia. Appointed Queen's Counsel in 1982, he worked as a barrister before being appointed governor in 2011, and also chaired several legal committees. In his role as governor, McCusker and his wife serve as the patron for a number of organisations and events, including the Perth International Arts Festival, Telethon, and the West Australian Ballet, and the Western Australian branches of Anglicare, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Royal Life Saving Society, the RSPCA, and St. John Ambulance.
Life and career
McCusker was born at Kensington Hospital in Subiaco, Western Australia, on 6 August 1938. He attended North Perth Primary School before moving with his parents to Hobart, Tasmania, where he attended Lenah Valley Primary School and Hobart High School. McCusker subsequently returned to Western Australia, where he completed his secondary education at Perth Modern School, and was then accepted into the University of Western Australia, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws degree. He was admitted to practice in 1961, and, as a barrister, appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court of Western Australia, the Federal Court, the High Court, and the Privy Council of the United Kingdom. From 1963 to 1982, McCusker also served as a part-time lecturer at the University of Western Australia's Faculties of Commerce and Law. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1982, and subsequently served as chairman of a number of legal committees in Western Australia, including the Legal Aid Commission of Western Australia and the Western Australian Constitutional Committee. In 1989, McCusker was appointed to investigate into the collapse of Rothwells Merchant Bank, which later resulted in the WA, Inc. scandal and the establishment of a royal commission. Having first become involved in surf lifesaving in 1955, McCusker is a member of the North Cottesloe Surf Livesaving Club. In October 1997, he was involved in the rescue of two men, including former Australian rules footballer Brian Sierakowski, whose surf ski had been bitten in half by a five-metre (16-foot) long white pointer shark 50 metres (160 ft) off of Cottesloe Beach.
McCusker was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005. He was named Western Australia Citizen of the Year (Professions) in 2005, and in 2010 was Western Australia Citizen of the Year (Community Service), Philanthropist of the Year, and Western Australia's Australian of the Year. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from Edith Cowan University and the University of Western Australia.
Speaking about his appointment, he declared his intention to donate his $422,678 salary to charities, including the Lions Eye Institute, Salvation Army and organisations devoted to the health of Australia's indigenous peoples. He was personally made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order by Elizabeth II during the royal visit to Australia in October 2011. McCusker was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2012 Australia Day Honours for "service as a lawyer, an advocate for sustainable development and education, and philanthropy in medical research, youth and arts organisations".
McCusker married Tonya Batalin in 2007, with whom he has one child, Mary. He is also stepfather to Tonya's two other children. He also has three adult children from a previous marriage.
Honours and awards
|Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)||2012|
|Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)||2005|
|Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO)||2011|
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