Family Court judge, magistrate, academic and child protector recognised on Australia Day

Family Court judge, magistrate, academic and child protector recognised on Australia Day

A retired Family Court judge, a prominent magistrate with a keen interest in child abuse and family violence a renowned legal academic and a woman who has devoted herself to the protection of children have been made Members of the Order of Australia in today’s Australia Day list.

The judge is Justice Lloyd Waddy, who until his retirement last year sat as a Family Court judge at Parramatta.

The magistrate is Karen Fryer from Canberra.

The academic is US expatriate Professor Patricia Easteal from Canberra.

The child protector is Karen Flanagan from Victoria.


The Judge


The Honourable Justice Lloyd Stacy Waddy RFD

For service to the law, the constitutional debate, and to the community through a range of educational and arts organisations.

Judge, Family Court of Australia,  1998 to 2009.

Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 1988.

Settlor and Founding Councillor, Constitutional Education Fund of Australia, since 2004.

Foundation Chairman, Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy, 1992-1998.

President and President, Law Graduates Association, University of Sydney, 1964-1998.

Assistant Secretary, Law Council of Australia, 1970-1974.

Chairman, St Paul’s College, University of Sydney, since 2006.

Foundation Vice-Chairman, St Paul’s College Foundation, since 1977; Fellow 1971.

Chairman, Kings School Council, 1996-1999; Governor since 1975.

Chairman, Elizabethan Theatre Trust, since 1992.

Director, Marionette Theatre, 1974-1988.

churchie school council

Vice-President, Royal Agricultural Society, since 1993; Councillor, since 1975; served on a number of committees including Disciplinary Committee; Cat Committee, 1979-1993, Education and Projects Committee, 1994-1996; Publicity Committee, 1978-1987; Arts and Crafts Committee, 1986-1995; and Agricultural Societies Committee, 1991-2002.

President, Australia-Britain Society, 1989-1992; Vice-President 1976-1989.

Awards/recognition include:

Reserve Force Decoration, long service award presented to officers in the Reserve elements of the Australian Defence Force.


The Magistrate

Ms Karen Margaret Fryar

For service to the community of the Australian Capital Territory as a magistrate and through contributions to the prevention of family violence.

Appointed to the ACT Magistrates Court in 1993.

– Coordinating Magistrate, Family Violence List, since 2000.

– Instrumental in the production of the ACT Family Violence Practice Direction.

– Leadership role in the Family Violence Intervention Program, since 1998.

Member, National Leadership Group, National White Ribbon Campaign, since 2004.

Assistant Executive Officer, Legal Aid ACT, 1989-1993.

Judicial Member, ACT Bar Association, since 1993.

Member, ACT Law Society, 1982-1992.

Awards/recognition include:

Recipient, ACT International Women’s Day Award, ACT Government, 2008; for her contributions to the ACT community in the delivery of law and justice, particularly in the area of family violence.

The Academic



Professor Patricia Lynn Easteal

Faculty of Law, University of Canberra
For service to the community, education and the law through promoting awareness and understanding of violence against women, discrimination and access to justice for minority groups.

Member, ACT Domestic Violence Prevention Council, 2002-2009.

Member, Reference Group Meeting on Violence and Safety Issues for Women, ACT Government; Member, ACT Corrections Inter-sectoral Group on Women and Prison.

Member, Reference Group, Women’s Safety Survey, Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Member, Committee, Canberra Rape Crisis Centre, ‘for a decade’; Access and Equity Researcher 1998-1999.

Member, Management Committees, Toora and Doris Women’s Refuges, for several years.

Executive Director, Women’s Resource Centre, Norman Oklahoma.

Associate Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Canberra, since 2008; Convenor of the Honours Program, since 2006; Adjunct Professor of Law, 2001-2008.

Visiting Fellow, Law Faculty, Australian National University, 1995-2002; Course organiser and lecturer, Centre for Continuing Education, 1996-2001; Visiting Fellow, Sociology Department, 1989-1991.

Senior Criminologist, Australian Institute of Criminology, 1991-1995; Criminologist, 1990.

Recent research projects include Relocation cases in Family Court; The Age Discrimination Act; Credibility and Sexual Harassment; Discrimination Law in the ACT employment context; History of the ACT Council of Social Services; Partner rape; Women and Gambling problems; Women interacting with the Australian legal system as defendants, victims and practitioners; andAccess of migrants, the elderly and disabled to the criminal justice system.

Recent expert evidence, advice and submissions include:

Submission to the National Council to Reduce Violence Against Women and Children, 2008.

Advice and drafting on proposal to Law Council on female court appearance survey, Australian Women Lawyers, 2007.

Research and advice on Indigenous women and sexual violence by a partner, Upper Murray CASA and Women’s Health Goulburn North East, 2006.

Volunteer research, ACT Human Rights Office, 2006.

Report and testimony on battered women who kill, NSW Legal Aid Office, 2005.

Submission on domestic violence and the law, Amnesty International, 2004.

Submission on homicide defences, Victorian Law Reform Commission, 2003.

Professor Easteal has written 11 books including Women and the Law in Australia (in preparation for publication in 2010); edited a further 3; and published over 100 academic journal articles.

Other books include:

Real Rape, Real Pain: Help for Women Sexually Assaulted by Male Partners, 2006.

Less than Equal:Women and the Australian Legal System 2001.

Balancing the Scales: Rape, Law Reform and Australian Culture, 1998.

Shattered Dreams, Marital Violence Against Women: The Overseas-born in Australia,1996.

Voices of the Survivors, 1994.

Killing the Beloved: Homicide between Adult Sexual Intimates, 1993.

The Forgotten Few: Migrant Women in Australian Prisons,1992.

Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, since 1996.

Member, Australian Institute of Health Law and Ethics, 1996-2000.

Member, Australian Academy of Forensic Science, since 2007.

Member, Australasian Law Teachers Association, since 2004.

Member, Australian Council of Social Service (ACT), since 2001.

Member, Australian Institute for Women’s Research and Policy, 1993.

Member, National Women’s Justice Coalition, 1995-2000.

Member, Australian Women’s Electoral Lobby, 2001-2005.

Awards/recognition include:

ACT Woman of the Year, 2001.

Carrick Institute Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, 2007.

Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award, University of Canberra, 2007.

Australia Learning and Teaching Council Award for Teaching Excellence, 2008.

Nominated for Human Rights Medal, 2008.

Her books Voices of the Survivors and Less than Equal:Women and the Australian Legal System were nominated for the Human Rights Medal in 1991 and 2004 respectively.

The Child Protector
Ms Karen  Flanagan, Victoria

For service to the community in the area of child protection through contributions to policy and program development and legislative reform.

Child Protection Program Manager, Child Wise, 2003-2009; Board Member, since 2000; volunteer, for several years.

International Training Consultant in the United Kingdom, Asian and Pacific nations.

Researched and wrote the draft AusAID Child Protection Policy which was officially launched in 2008.

Designed and wrote the Child Protection Audit System to enable organisations and communities to develop policies and implement strategies to reduce the risk of child abuse.

Manager, Sexual Abuse Counselling and Prevention Program, Children’s Protection Society, 1996-2003.

Researched, designed, and implemented, Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program, 1993-1996.

Involved in program design and model of operation, Adolescent Sex Offender Treatment Program, 1994.

Involved with the planning and program design, 1st National Conference on Child Sexual Abuse, 1994.

Developed a range of training packages delivered around Australia and overseas, 1993-2003.

Senior Consultant, Child Protection Training Team, Department of Human Services, 1990-1992.

Acting Coordinator, Child Protection Unit, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne; Social Worker; employed 1986-1990.

Board Member, KIDs.ap, since 2000.

Founding Member, Victorian Offender Treatment Association, 1993-1998.

Founding Member, Victorian Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, 1983-1987.

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