George Newhouse is the Mayor of Waverley, a solicitor and a prominent member of Sydney’s eastern suburbs Jewish community. He’s also the Labor candidate for Malcolm Turnbull’s seat of Wentworth.
Newhouse is heavily into tribunals. He’s on the Consumer Trading and Tenancy Tribunal and is a former member of the Fair Trading and the Residential Tribunal. He’s also a part-time member of the NSW Workers Compensation Commission.
He received enormous amounts of air play of acres of newsprint while representing Vivian Solon (pictured together), the Australian citizen illegally deported to the Philippines. He’s also acted for Cornelia Rau, the Australian citizen wrongfully detained at Baxter detention centre, the Mutitjulu Aboriginal Community, the Sudanese Dafurian Community and the family of the late Richard Niyonsaba.
While he’s counting down to election day he spared us some time on the couch.
Describe yourself in three words.
Compassionate and committed.
What are you currently reading?
RFK (Robert F Kennedy).
What’s your favourite film?
To Kill A Mockingbird
What stimulants do you recommend?
Describe your underwear.
What is your greatest fear?
John Howard winning the next election.
What words or phrases do you overuse?
YOUR VOTE COUNTS, WE CAN’T AFFORD TO LET JOHN HOWARD WIN THE NEXT ELECTION.
Who would you most like to meet?
Hilary Clinton, Yitzhak Rabin, Al Gore and Nelson Mandela – all together.
Who do you envy and why?
Mahatma Gandhi, because he was able to remain placid in the face of injustice and oppression.
What is your most disturbing personal obsession?
What’s your most glamorous feature?
My collection of CDs.
If you were a foodstuff, what would you be?
What human quality do you most distrust?
What would you change about Australia?
The Howard government.
Who or what do you consider overrated?
If you were illegally detained, which three people would you like to share
your time with and why?
Ron Castan QC – because he fought for the dispossessed, changed Australian history and punctured the myth of terra nullius to create native title … Sir John Monash – I love the irony of a Jewish immigrant taking on the English aristocracy and rising to the top of the Australian army then developing military strategies that revolutionized warfare and defeated the German military machine … Julius Stone – because I studied his work and I still can’t understand a word of it. Perhaps if I had one-on-one time in detention I might work it out.
What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
Open my eyes.
How would you like to die?
Peacefully in my sleep.
What would your epitaph say?
So much to do and so little time.