The Hon. Duncan Kerr Knight in the Order of the Legion d’Honneur
On Tuesday the 23rd of August, the Hon. Duncan Kerr was confered the insignia of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (Knight in the Order of the Legion d’Honneur) by the Ambassador of France, his Excellency Mr. Michel Filhol.
The Honourable Duncan Kerr has been awarded this official distinction, the highest and oldest award in France, for his commitment to defend values dear to France and his contribution to the enhancement of friendly ties between Australia and France.
As a barrister specialised in Public Law, and more precisely in administrative and constitutional law, Mr. Kerr has had great success before the High Court of Australia. In some cases, he has set the beginning of a jurisprudence which better protected citizens against the wanderings of the administration.
As a politician, he has served for 23 years as a Member of Parliament, been twice a Member of Government, as Attorney General and Minister for Justice in the Keating government and as Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Islands Affairs in the Kevin Rudd government.
In his role as Parliamentary Secretary for the Pacific, he has developped special ties with Pacific French Territories and France, understanding its efforts to assist its Pacific territories towards stability, development and direct participation to life in this region.
The Hon Duncan Kerr receiving the insignia of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur from the hands the Ambassador of France, his Excellency Mr. Michel Filhol.
The Hon Duncan Kerr’s acceptance speech.
The Hon Duncan Kerr and partner Anna Pafitis.
The Hon Duncan Kerr with Mrs. and Mr. Michel Filhol.