First Parliamentary Counsel

Peter Quiggin portrait

Peter Alan Quiggin PSM

On 14 May 2004, the Attorney-General announced the appointment of Peter Quiggin as First Parliamentary Counsel. This appointment was extended on 30 March 2011 for a further 7 years. A further 5 year extension commenced on 14 May 2018.  Mr Quiggin was awarded a Public Service Medal in the Australia Day 2008 Honours.


Former First Parliamentary Counsel

Hilary Penfold portrait

Hilary Penfold PSM, QC, Centenary Medal

The Honourable Hilary Penfold joined OPC in 1977 and was appointed as First Parliamentary Counsel in 1993. She was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2001 and was appointed a Commonwealth Queen’s Counsel in 2001. In 2004 she was appointed Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Parliamentary Services. In 2008 she was appointed as a judge of the ACT Supreme Court and retired from that position in 2018.

1993 to 2004
Ian Turnbull portrait

Ian Maclean Lindsay Turnbull QC

1986 to 1993
Geoff Kolts portrait

Geoff Kolterman Kolts OBE, QC

1981 to 1986
Bronte Quayle portrait

Bronte Clucas Quayle CB, OBE, QC, Star of Pakistan

1977 to 1981
Charles Comans portrait

Charles Kennedy Comans CBE, OBE, QC

1972 to 1977
John Ewens portrait

John Qualtrough Ewens CMG, CBE, OBE, QC

1949 to 1972
Martin Boniwell portrait

Martin Charles Boniwell CBE

1946 to 1949
George Knowles portrait

George Shaw Knowles CBE, MA, LLM

1932 to 1946
Robert Garran portrait

Sir Robert Randolph Garran GCMG, KCMG, CMG, KC

1901 to 1932