Radford Board’s Peter Quiggin named Commonwealth QC

Peter Quiggin QC PSM

Peter Quiggin QC PSM

Longstanding Radford Board Member Peter Quiggin has been appointed Commonwealth Queen’s Counsel.

Attorney-General Christian Porter made the announcement in a media release last week, noting that an appointment as Commonwealth Queen’s Counsel recognises advocates and practitioners with significant experience at high levels, and outstanding skills and expertise, in a field of Commonwealth law.

Mr Quiggin QC PSM is First Parliamentary Counsel, Office of Parliamentary Counsel. He has served as Australia’s First Parliamentary Counsel since 2004. Mr Quiggin was awarded a Public Service Medal in the 2008 Australia Day Honours List for outstanding public service in delivering the government's legislative agenda at a time of significant legislative change and in a number of critical areas.

The Office of Parliamentary Counsel (OPC) is responsible for drafting all principal legislation, all regulations and a range of legislative instruments for the Australian Government, including taxation legislation. OPC is also responsible for the publication of Commonwealth legislation through the Federal Register of Legislation.

Peter has been a drafter with the Office of Parliamentary Counsel for over 30 years and has drafted legislation covering a wide range of topics including taxation, native title and immigration.

First appointed to the Radford Board in May 2008, Peter has used his skills as a legislative drafter in rewriting, or assisting with the rewriting, of the Radford Ltd Constitution, the Radford P&F Constitution and the Radford Collegians Constitution.

His sons, Rodney and Geoffrey, both attended Radford and are now working for the Australian Public Service. Rodney is also a lawyer and Geoff is working in cyber-security.

Radford Board Chairman Steve Baker said: “Congratulations to Peter on this prestigious appointment. We are truly fortunate to have Peter serving our community as a Board member which he has done over many many years, long after his children have left the College. His skills, experience and professionalism are a true asset to the Radford College Board. “

In 2018, Radford Rowing named a coxed quad scull the “Peter Quiggin” in recognition of his many years of service to the Radford community.

Peter and his wife Helen served the College for many years on the P&F Management Committee, and in volunteer work for the Fete and Art Show. 

For hobbies Peter enjoys collecting cars (mainly red sports cars), Geocaching and collecting t-shirts from travels and from bands he has been to see. To provide some light entertainment during the recent COVID period, he posted a montage on Facebook each day for 100 days. Each montage featured a different t-shirt and photos related to the t-shirt.

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