Today Chief Commissioner Sir Salamo Injia announced the recent appointment by the Prime Minister of the Honorable Margaret White AO as Additional Commissioner.
According to the Chief Commissioner, Commissioner White was a judge and appellate judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland; the commissioner of the Queensland Racing Commission of Inquiry and a commissioner of the Royal Commission on the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory of Australia.
She replaces the recently deceased Honorable John Gilmore QC.
The Commission also announced the appointment of three new overseas counsel assisting the Commission, pending the decision of appeals lodged by previous overseas counsel against the rejection of their applications for admission by the National Court.
All three lawyers hold current practice certificates from PNG.
Dr James Renwick CSC SC has been appointed Senior Advisor Assistant to the Commission.
He was a senior lawyer at the NSW Bar for a decade, is a former Fullbright Fellow, was Australia’s third independent national security law observer and has extensive experience on commissions of inquiry.
Dr Dominic Katter and Levente Jurth have each been appointed Counsel Assisting.
Both have been at the Queensland Bar for almost two decades and have been admitted as lawyers in PNG for over a decade.
The chief commissioner said further announcements regarding the next steps in the investigation will be made soon.