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Isaacs, Sir Isaac Alfred

Isaacs, Sir Isaac Alfred ?z?ks [key], 1855?1948, Australian jurist and political leader. He sat in the colonial legislature (1892?1901), became solicitor general (1893), and served as attorney general (1894?99, 1900?1901). He was a framer of the commonwealth constitution and sat in the dominion Parliament (1901?6), becoming attorney general in 1905. He was for many years (1906?30) a high court justice and sat as chief justice (1930?31). His appointment (1931) as governor-general was the first made by the British crown directly on the advice of a dominion ministry. The first native-born Australian to hold that office, he served until 1936.

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