I was the first member to actually work in the new Territory Department of Law (later Department of Justice) in 1977 before self-government was granted to the Territory in 1978. I was the first Crown Solicitor of the Territory. Later I became Senior Crown Counsel for the Territory. I took early retirement in 1998 but have continued to work for the Territory on brief as a barrister.
I really enjoyed my work in the Territory. It was exciting and interesting to be involved in constitutional development and in many other issues. I still visit the Territory from time to time.
On 1 July 1978 the Territory became self-governing by Act of the Commonwealth Parliament, even though it still had the status of a Commonwealth territory. Subsequent litigation confirmed the validity of this grant.
Since then, one attempt has been made to transform the self-governing Territory into a State of the federal Commonwealth. This attempt failed at a Territory referendum in 1998. The work is ongoing.