The Law Society congratulates the Hon Jane Crisford SC on appointment as chair of the Legal Aid Commission of WA

Law Society of Western Australia Media Statement

19 July 2017 The Law Society of Western Australia congratulates the Hon Jane Crisford SC on her appointment as chair of the Legal Aid Commission of Western Australia. The Law Society understands that the appointment is for a three-year term, commencing today. Law Society President Alain Musikanth said, “The Hon Jane Crisford SC is an […]

Law Council: Recommendations for a National Compensation Scheme for victims of slavery should be swiftly accepted

Law Council of Australia Media Statement

18 July 2017 The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement’s recommendation for a National Compensation Scheme for victims of trafficking and slavery has been enthusiastically backed by the Australian legal profession, which has been advocating for such a scheme for some time. Last year, the Law Council of Australia, in conjunction with Anti-Slavery Australia released […]

Law Council: Referendum Council report a historic milestone, momentum should not be lost on path to reform

Law Council of Australia Media Statement

18 July 2017 The Australian legal profession, represented by the Law Council, is calling on the Federal Parliament to ensure momentum is not lost on the path toward constitutional reform, following the release of the Referendum Council’s crucial report. The Law Council has consistently called for constitutional reform to be pursued in line with the […]

Law Society welcomes restoration of funding for Employment Law Centre

Law Society of Western Australia Media Statement

Thursday, 29 June 2017 The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes the announcement by the State Government today that funding will be restored to the Employment Law Centre of WA. The State Government has announced that $990,000, or $330,000 a year, will be provided to the central business district office in the next three financial […]

Legal profession warmly welcomes Professor Rosalind Croucher as AHRC President

Law Council of Australia Media Statement

The Law Council of Australia has welcomed the appointment of Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM as the next President of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). Fiona McLeod SC, President of the Law Council of Australia, said Professor Croucher was eminently qualified for the vital role. “Professor Croucher has had a brilliant career in the […]

Legal profession sets out core principles and commitments on human rights, as international spotlight shines on nation

Law Council of Australia Media Statement

Friday, 16 June 2017 The Law Council today launched its Policy Statement on Human Rights and the Legal Profession, laying out core principles and commitments of behalf of the Australian legal profession. The Policy Statement sets out a framework for evaluating the merits of legislation, policy, and practice by reference to international human rights law. […]

Proposed new powers over AAT on citizenship decisions risks undermining vital checks and balances

Law Council of Australia Media Statement

Thursday, 15 June 2017 The expansion of the Immigration Minister’s power to overrule independent citizenship decisions made by the AAT is a disproportionate response that weakens crucial checks and balances. The new powers are outlined in The Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 introduced into the […]

Political attacks on the courts a very worrying trend

Law Council of Australia Media Statement

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 The Law Council, speaking on behalf of the Australian legal profession, is calling for an end to political attacks on the judiciary, especially in cases where they might be perceived to interfere with matters currently before the courts. Law Council of Australia President, Fiona McLeod SC, said recent comments from Government […]