Swearing-in of the Honourable Justice Lincoln Crowley
On 13 June 2022, a ceremony was held in the Banco Court in which the Honourable Justice Lincoln Crowley was sworn in as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. His Honour is the first Indigenous Australian to be appointed to any Supreme Court in Australia.
His Honour’s inspiring speech included the following salutary observations:
“Amongst the avalanche of congratulations and best wishes that have followed the announcement of my appointment has also been the occasional comment invariably emanating from somewhere in the Twittersphere querying why there has been such a focus on my Aboriginality and why is it such a big deal. Well, the answers to these questions are pretty obvious. Diversity matters. The work of this Court and the administration of justice are enhanced and advanced by having Judges who are representative of the diverse nature of our community, and who are able to bring with them a broad range of backgrounds and life experiences when deciding what is a just cause and how justice is to be dispensed…..Representation for Indigenous Australians also matters. Indigenous people must be represented and involved at the highest levels of decision making across all branches of government, including within the judiciary. Justice and equality demands no less. More personally, I hope my appointment might encourage and inspire other First Nations people particularly within the legal profession, to aim high and know that they too can achieve their dreams with hard work, dedication and belief in their own abilities. I also hope that the day will come when it is not so remarkable that a First Nations person is appointed to hold an office like this.”
Please see below links to transcripts of the speeches by: