Queensland Law Society

President's update - 5 September 2018

We are in the middle of conference season and I have greatly enjoyed meeting with many of our members at our various professional development and networking events. Regional events in Mackay, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast have provided more opportunities to connect with members. We have also had the chance to thank some of our integral members at our QLS Senior Counsellors Conference and our QLS Policy Committee Chairs Breakfast.

At our latest LawLink event we connected with First Nations law students in the MinterEllison Brisbane office. Earlier this month we also hosted our annual touch football tournament, which provided some much-enjoyed friendly competition among firms. Congratulations to Legal Aid Queensland for winning this year’s tournament!

Last month, I shared the great work our policy committees have accomplished over the past year. I would like to update you about our latest contributions to ‘good law in Queensland for the public good’.

In August, our QLS Criminal Law Committee made a submission on the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council’s consultation paper – a paper that considers sentencing for criminal offences arising from the death of a child. Our submission highlighted the emotional aspect of such cases, while also addressing the legislation.

The justified community emotion that surrounds sentencing in cases of child homicide can test the rule of law and our commitment to it. The rule of law means that a just society has laws which apply to everybody, equally. It also means everybody is judged without fear or favour by a court, independently and objectively. This is regardless of how reprehensible or heinous the defendant may be or how terrible their alleged crime is considered. You can view our submission here.

Recently we attended public hearings on the following:

  • Inquiry into the operation and effectiveness of the Franchising Code of Conduct
  • Judiciary Amendment (Commonwealth Model Litigation Obligation) Bill 2017 (via teleconference)
  • Police Powers and Responsibilities and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
  • Draft Local Government (Dissolution of Ipswich City Council Bill) 2018
  • Inquiry into wage theft in Queensland. We were asked for public comment by media following our comments.

We are continuing our work on family law reforms and awaiting the possible introduction of a Human Rights Act for Queensland.

For more updates on what we are doing in the advocacy space, you can stay updated via our website, social media, weekly QLS Update and monthly Proctor magazine.