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The JCPML Patron is an honorary position, traditionally held by a past Labor Prime Minister. The JCPML Patron provides advice and support for JCPML activities.

The current JCPML Patron is the Hon. Julia Gillard AC, who accepted the role in January 2015.

The Hon. Paul Keating was the JCPML Patron from 2009 until 2014.

The Foundation Patron was the Hon. Edward Gough Whitlam, who held the position from 1988 until 2008.