Durack in 1948
|Attorney-General of Australia|
6 September 1977 – 11 March 1983
|Prime Minister||Malcolm Fraser|
|Preceded by||Robert Ellicott|
|Succeeded by||Gareth Evans|
|Australian Senator for Western Australia|
1 July 1970 – 30 June 1993
|Born||20 October 1926
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
|Died||13 July 2008
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Alma mater||University of Western Australia
Lincoln College, Oxford
He served in the Senate from 1 July 1970 to 30 June 1993. From 1987 to 1989, he was a joint Father of the Senate along with Arthur Gietzelt, and from 1989 until his retirement, he alone held this title.
Durack was educated at Aquinas College and the University of Western Australia. He was the state's 1949 Rhodes Scholar and studied law at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he later taught. From 1956 he worked as a barrister in Perth and in 1965 was elected into the Western Australian Legislative Assembly as the Member for Perth, a seat he held until 1968. He moved to federal politics by winning one of the Senate seats in the 1970 Senate election, taking office on 1 July 1971.
He was Minister for Repatriation in the Fraser government from July to October 1976, when the title of the portfolio was changed to Minister for Veterans' Affairs. In 1977 he was appointed Attorney-General, serving in that office until the Fraser government's defeat in 1983. During this time he was responsible for the passage of the Freedom of Information Act 1982; he had introduced a private member's bill on the same subject in 1972.
In 1992 he failed to win preselection by his party for a further term, and his political career ended in June 1993.
He died in Perth on 13 July 2008.
Durack wrote several books, dealing with legal issues and the Mabo court case, with which he was involved during his time as Attorney General.
- Evidence. ISBN 0-644-01371-0 / ISBN 0-644-01371-0
- The external affairs power ISBN 0-909536-47-3 / ISBN 0-909536-47-3
- Mabo and after (with Tony Rutherford). ISBN 0-909536-36-8 / ISBN 0-909536-36-8
Durack was married to Isabel, with whom he had daughter Anne and son Philip.
- Parliamentary Handbook: Historical Information
- "Former Liberal senator Peter Durack dies in Perth". ABC News. 15 July 2008.
- 1970 Senate Election results at psephos.adam-carr.net
- Torrance Mendez (18 July 2008). "Liberal's 'go to' mind in 1980s". The Age (obituary).
- Durack, Michael Patrick (1865–1950)
|Minister for Repatriation/Veterans' Affairs
|Parliament of Australia|
|Father of the Australian Senate
with Arthur Gietzelt (1987–1989)