He then commenced practice on his own account initially as a sole practitioner and then in partnership.
Peter served as Chairman of the West Moreton Regional Community Corrections Board (Parole Board) being appointed to that position by the Governor-in-Council with his predecessor being a Magistrate. The Board had responsibility for considering applications for parole with respect to some large prisons in Brisbane and elsewhere in South East Queensland and determining most. In the case of those serving life and other sentences exceeding a certain period, the Board made recommendations to the Queensland Community Corrections Board which was chaired by a Supreme Court Judge.
In 1984 and on seven subsequent occasions, Peter was elected as a member of the Australian Parliament as the Member for Fisher, serving as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives as well as in various ministerial and other parliamentary and party roles.
These included ministerial positions in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Finance, Party Whip and Committee Chairman and member. Included in his committee service were periods as Chairman of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (in Government), as Deputy Chairman to Mark Dreyfus QC (in Opposition) and as Secretary of the Liberal National Attorney-General and Justice Committee.
In 2001 at the Centenary of Federation, Peter was awarded a Centenary Medal for ministerial service in the Commonwealth Parliament. In all he was a Federal Member of Parliament for over 23 years.
Peter is now a committee member of both the Australian Lawyers’ Alliance (Tasmania) and the Tasmanian Prisoners’ Legal Service.
He will work on a pro bono basis when appropriate.
Peter has been appointed to the Consular Corps as the Honorary Consul of Brazil in Tasmania. He is a member of the Bar Association of Queensland and the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society, Tasmania in addition to being a member of the CPD and Pro Bono Committees of the Law Society of Tasmania. He is on the Roll of Practitioners of the High Court of Australia as a barrister.
Peter is happy to accept briefs in most areas of the law.
Commenced Practice in Tasmania in 2017
Also admitted to: Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria
Law Society of Tasmania Pro Bono Referral Service Panel Member
81 Salamanca Place
Battery Point, Hobart, Tasmania 7004