Queensland Law Society

QLD's legal profession flags key election issues

Date 30 Oct 2017
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Queensland Law Society’s Call to Parties statement has been unanimously passed by the QLS Council, ahead of the November state election.

This year’s Call to Parties highlights 10 key legal and social justice issues for political parties to consider as matters of priority for Queensland’s nearly 13,000 solicitors.

President Christine Smyth said that the statement was drafted after consultation with QLS members, and covered a range of issues that solicitors had flagged as critical for the government to address.

“Each election, both state and federal, we develop these statements based on many months of consultation with our profession and the expert members of our 25 policy committees,” Ms Smyth said.

“Our Call to Parties statement calls on key parties to commit to addressing our highlighted concerns, and providing a response prior to the election.

“Previously, we have been pleased with the engagement from parties and we look forward to assisting in shaping the legal agenda for the successful party.”

The 2017 Call to Parties statement sets out the following 10 items for political address:

  1. Queensland’s law reform process
  2. Judicial Commission for Queensland
  3. Access to justice in Queensland
  4. Court resourcing
  5. Criminal law in Queensland
  6. Children’s law in Queensland
  7. Family and domestic violence matters
  8. Rights of small business and property owners
  9. Access to fair compensation schemes in Queensland
  10. Consumer protection for Queenslanders.

“The priorities in our Call to Parties statement are wide-ranging, and I would like to thank all involved in the consultation for this document,” Ms Smyth said.

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

Ms Smyth said that the heads of key parties would receive personal copies of the statement, and the full document would be available soon on the QLS website.

“As always, our aim was to present issues of great importance to both the profession and the public, and then provide an opportunity for the parties to respond to those items,” Ms Smyth said.

“With nearly 13,000 solicitors in Queensland, our profession make up a decent part of our local communities.

“As such, they are very well aware of local issues, not only in the legal profession but in their communities.

“I look forward to the response from our major parties, and appreciate their commitment to good law for the public good in Queensland.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact the external affairs team on 07 3842 5835, 0488 433 884 or via media@qls.com.au.

Call to Parties statement can be found here.