Pat Brazil

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Pat Brazil
Secretary of the Attorney-General's Department
In office
Personal details
Born Patrick Brazil
Fortitude Valley, Queensland
Nationality Australia Australian
Spouse(s) Colleen Morrissey
Alma mater University of Queensland
Occupation Public servant

Patrick "Pat" Brazil AO (born 1930) is a former senior Australia public servant. His career included time serving as the head of the Attorney-General's Department between 1983 and 1989.

Life and career[edit]

Pat Brazil was born in Fortitude Valley, Queensland in 1930.[1] He was educated in Ipswich at a convent school, and later at the Christian Brothers College.[1] He won a scholarship to study Arts and Law at the University of Queensland.[1]

Brazil moved to Canberra to join the Attorney-General's Department in August 1953.[1]

Between 1983 and 1989, Brazil was Secretary of the Attorney-General's Department. When he resigned from the role, he also resigned from the Australian Public Service.[2]


Brazil was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in June 1989, in recognition of service to the Public Service as Secretary of the Attorney-General's Department.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Brazil, Pat (12 September 1995). "Pat Brazil interviewed by John Farquharson in the Law in Australian society oral history project" (Interview). Interview with John Farquharson. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Mike (25 June 1989). "In private practice after a life of public service". Canberra Times. p. 32. Archived from the original on 28 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Search Australian Honours: BRAZIL, Patrick, Australian Government, archived from the original on 11 March 2014 
Government offices
Preceded by
Alan Neaves
Secretary of the Attorney-General's Department
1983 – 1989
Succeeded by
Alan Rose