Duncan Kerr

Duncan James Colquhoun Kerr (born 26 February 1952) is a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia and served as President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal from 2012 to 2017.

Kerr was previously a politician, as the Labor member for Denison in the Australian House of Representatives, serving between 1987 and 2010. He was Minister for Justice between 1993 and 1996, and in 1993 briefly also Attorney-General of Australia.

Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Kerr was educated at the University of Tasmania, where at one stage he was President of the Tasmania University Union. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree, and later with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work.

Kerr was the Labor candidate in the Division of Braddon in the 1977 Australian federal election, losing to future Premier of Tasmania Ray Groom. In the Australian federal election in 1987, Kerr defeated the sitting Liberal member, Michael Hodgman QC, for the Hobart-based seat of Denison to become the first Labor member elected from Tasmania since the defeat of the Whitlam Government in 1975.

Member of the Australian Parliament for Denison

Preceded by
Michael Hodgman
Succeeded by
Andrew Wilkie

Minister for Justice

Preceded by
Michael Tate
Succeeded by
Daryl Williams

Attorney-General of Australia

Preceded by
Michael Duffy
Succeeded by
Michael Lavarch

Personal details

1952-02-26) 26 February 1952 (age 67), Hobart, Tasmania
Alma mater
University of Tasmania
Barrister, Politician, Judge