Tom Pauling

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The Honourable
Thomas Ian Pauling
AO QC
8th Administrator of the Northern Territory
In office
9 November 2007 – 31 October 2011
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor-General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC
Preceded by Ted Egan AO
Succeeded by Sally Thomas AM
Personal details
Born (1946-12-13) 13 December 1946 (age 70)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Spouse(s) Judith Therese (Tessa) Wilkinson
Children Fred Pauling
Zoe Pauling
Alma mater Sydney Law School
Profession Barrister
Website www.nt.gov.au/administrator

Thomas Ian "Tom" Pauling, AO, QC (born 13 December 1946) is an Australian lawyer who is the former Administrator of the Northern Territory.

Born in Sydney, Pauling was educated at Drummoyne Boys' High School, and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the Sydney Law School (Syd). He was admitted to the Bar in New South Wales in 1969, and worked for the NSW Public Solicitor.[1] In March 1970, he moved to Darwin in the Northern Territory, where he practised as a barrister[2] and lived in Fannie Bay.[3]

He was made a Queen's Counsel (QC) in 1984, and was Solicitor General of the Northern Territory from 1988 to 2007.[4]

In September 2007, he was appointed Administrator of the Northern Territory, replacing Ted Egan.[5] He was sworn in by the Governor-General of Australia, Michael Jeffery, on 9 November 2007.[6] His term expired on the 31 October 2011 when Sally Thomas was sworn in as the first female Administrator of the Northern Territory.[7]

In the Queen's Birthday Honours of 2008, Pauling was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for his significant services to the Northern Territory.[8]

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Government offices
Preceded by
Ted Egan
Administrator of the Northern Territory
2007–2011
Succeeded by
Sally Thomas