Queensland Law Society

Call to Parties flags legal profession election issues

Date 24 Nov 2014
Contact Natalie Graeff, Communication Manager
Phone 07 3842 5868
Mobile 0488 433 884
Email n.graeff@qls.com.au

Queensland Law Society has launched the legal profession’s Call to Parties statement, presenting nine priority legal and social justice issues to the Government and Opposition.

President Ian Brown said the statement covers a range of issues of importance to the legal profession and the community ahead of the upcoming state election.

“We developed the statement in consultation with the profession and the expert members of our 26 legal policy committees,” Mr Brown said.

“It calls for each party to give a commitment to take specific actions and address a range of issues including Queensland’s law reform processes, our state’s judicial appointments process, fair access to injuries compensation, and criminal and children’s law.

“We will publish the parties’ responses in full in the February edition of our monthly journal, Proctor.

“Our aim was to present issues that were important to the profession and the public, offer an opportunity for the parties to respond and provide a forum for people to review those responses.

“The state’s 10,000 solicitors are often prominent members of their community, particularly in regional and rural Queensland, influential with other professions and sectors, and have a good understanding of the issues impacting Queenslanders.

“Solicitors have close, regular engagement with community members and are in touch with their concerns.

“Combined with their professional knowledge, this means that they are uniquely positioned to present issues to members of parliament that reflect legal and community needs.

“The Call to Parties statement is available on Queensland Law Society’s website, qls.com.au.”