President Graeme Neate
I am pleased to announce that the Governor-General has appointed Ms Raelene Webb QC to be the President of the National Native Title Tribunal for five years from 1 April 2013, based in Perth.
Ms Webb is an experienced native title lawyer who has appeared in many of the leading native title cases, including the Miriuwung Gajerrong case (Ward v Western Australia) and the Torres Strait Sea Claim. She has appeared for applicants, the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments.
She is currently based in Darwin where she is the immediate past President of the Northern Territory Bar Association.
She was first admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in the Northern Territory in 1992. She has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Adelaide and a LLB from the University of Queensland.
Ms Webb was an Associate to His Honour Justice Kearney, a Judge of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, before commencing work with the Northern Territory Department of Law (now Department of Justice).
In 1994, she was appointed Crown Counsel. She has practised exclusively as a barrister since that time advising on a wide range of matters and appearing in various tribunals, the Northern Territory Supreme Court and Federal Courts (including the High Court) in a variety of cases.
Since her move to the private bar in March 1999 she has continued to expand her practice and has appeared as lead counsel in a number of matters, both at first instance and on appeal. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2004, and is currently Vice President of the Australian Bar Association.
In announcing the appointment, Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC, MP congratulated Ms Webb on her appointment and said he looks forward to her further contribution to the native title system.