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Sir Geoffrey Winston Russell Palmer

Born: 1942 AD
Currently alive, at 73 years of age.

Nationality: New Zealand
Categories: Politician


1942 - Born in Nelson on the 21st of April.

1964 - He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

1964-1965 - At Victoria University of Wellington, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws the following year.

1967 - He attended the University of Chicago's law school, gaining a Juris Doctor.

1974 - He was appointed to a professorship of law at Victoria University of Wellington, bringing him back to New Zealand again.

1979 - Was elected to Parliament, having stood as the Labour Party candidate.

1986 - His Royal Commission reported in December, recommending the Mixed Member Proportional system.

1987 - In elections, when Labour was reelected, he also became Minister of the Environment, an area in which he took personal interest.

1989 - Conceded defeat on MMP at an April Labour regional conference, saying that the issue was “effectively dead for the immediate future.

1991 - He was created a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George.

1993 - The MMP system which he had helped promote was adopted in a referendum.

1994 - He established Chen Palmer & Partners, a specialist public law firm he began with Wellington lawyer Mai Chen.

1995 - Has also sat as a Judge ad hoc on International Court of Justice.

2002 - In December, he was appointed to be New Zealand's representative to the International Whaling Commission.

2005 - On the 1st of December, he was appointed to the presidency of the New Zealand Law Commission by the Governor General for a term of five years.


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