What's Happening | December 2023

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Here's what's happening in December

We're back with your monthly list of things to keep you occupied, informed, and entertained!


Parliament has rushed through new laws on preventative detention | ABC News 

Parliament has rushed through new laws on preventative detention. Four former detainees across three states have been charged since about 150 non-citizens were released. 


Workers, advocates rally in Brisbane in push to decriminalise sex work in Queensland | ABC News?

Dozens of people have rallied in Brisbane's CBD to decriminalise sex work, as Queensland's peak union body condemns the state government for failing to introduce a bill to do so before the end of the year.

Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2023

This is the Bill as introduced into Parliament by the Honourable Shannon Fentiman, Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services and Minister for Women on 29 November 2023. 

New report highlights gender pay gap at Bar

The release of the Law Council of Australia’s 2022-2023 Equitable Briefing Policy Annual Report shows that targets are being met in terms of briefing rates, but much work remains to address the significant gender pay gap faced by women barristers.


The Callover season 2, episode thirteen: Reflections on Life in the Law with Walter Sofronoff

As this season of The Callover comes to an end, we have a special guest in the studio - Walter Sofronoff KC.

Mr. Sofronoff has a formidable resume. He was called to the Bar in 1978, made silk ten years later, and went on to become the President of the Bar Association, the President of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal, the Solicitor General of Queensland, and then, in 2017, the President of the Queensland Court of Appeal.

Since his retirement from the bench in 2022, Mr. Sofronoff has led the Commission of Inquiry into Forensic DNA Testing in Queensland and, most recently, the Board of Inquiry into the criminal justice system in the Australian Capital Territory.

 On this episode of The Callover, he joins us to discuss the art of advocacy, the importance of professional ethics, and other lessons learned from his incredible career.


Get ready for Symposium 2024

QLS Symposium is the premier professional development event for generalist legal practitioners and other interested professionals in Queensland. It has been designed to equip practitioners with up-to-date knowledge, key strategies and practical tools needed to thrive in the complexity of legal practice.

The conference features opening and closing plenaries and six tracks of substantive law sessions across Family, Succession, Criminal, Property, Personal Injuries, and Commercial Law. Hear from leading industry presenters as they discuss planning for, embracing and thriving in Queensland’s emerging legal landscape and then mingle with your peers for networking drinks after the close of the program.