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Herbert Vere Evatt (Australia)

Elected President of the third session of the General Assembly

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Dr. Herbert Vere Evatt, President of the third regular session of the General Assembly, has had a distinguished career in national and international affairs. Deputy Prime Minister, Attorney-General, and Minister for External Affairs of Australia, Dr. Evatt played a prominent part at the San Francisco Conference in 1945. Since then he has served on the Preparatory Commission of the United Nations, on the Security Council, the Atomic Energy Commission, and the Commission for Conventional Armaments.

Dr. Evatt has headed every Australian delegation to the Assembly from the beginning.

Born in 1894 at East Maitland, New South Wales. Dr. Evatt graduated in 1917 at the University of Sydney and was admitted to the Australian Bar, obtaining his of Law in 1924. A year later he turned to politics and for four years was a Labour member of the New South Wales Parliament. In 1930, at the age of 36, he became the youngest High Court Judge in the history of the British Empire, a position which he resigned in 1940, on being elected to the Federal Legislature. A year later Dr. Evatt Became Australia's Attorney-General and Minister for External Affairs. In 1942-43 he headed the Australian Missions to Washington and London, as a result of which additional war supplies were allocated to the South-West Pacific war theatres.

Since November, 1946, Dr. Evatt has been Ausralia's Deputy Prime Minister. He has represented his country in the Pacific Council, in the British War cabinet, the Council of Foreign Ministers (in 1945), in the Paris Peace Conference, the British Commonvealth Prime Ministers' Conference, and on the Far-Eastern Commission. In 1947 he was President of the South Pacific Regional Conference. Dr. Evatt is one of Australia's leading contemporary writers on Australian history, his best-known historical work being " Rum Rebellion."

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