Nicholas Hasluck was born in Canberra in 1942. He studied law at the University of Western Australia and took a higher degree at the University of Oxford. He practised law in Perth as a Barrister for many years and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1988. He served as part-time President of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal in Perth for a period of ten years from 1989. In May 2000 he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia.
Nicholas is also well-known as the author of nine novels and as an arts administrator. In the latter capacity he served as Deputy Chair of the Australia Council, as a member of the Committee of Management of the Australian Society of Authors,as Deputy Chair of the WA Academy of Performing Arts, and as Chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council from 1998 to 2001. He won The Age Book of the Year Award in 1984 and was made a member of the Order of Australia two years later for his services to literature. He edited and introduced a volume of political profiles by his father, the late Sir Paul Hasluck, called The Chance of Politics. Nicholas was Chair of The Commonwealth Writers Prize 2006-2009. The University of Western Australia awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Letters in March 2009.
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