[repost of their ezine follows]
Phone: +61 2 6246 3788
Fax: +61 2 6248 0639
Welcome to the April issue of the Law Council's monthly e-newsletter - @theLCA. The newsletter is designed to provide timely information on a range of topical issues relevant to the Australian legal profession. Contributions to @theLCA are welcome and should be forwarded to the editor on the details provided.
Ross Ray QC
It has been a busy month as usual for the Law Council, highlighted by a short but productive meeting between myself and Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard on April 11.
Ms Gillard and I discussed a range of issues including funding of law schools; incentives for lawyers in rural and regional areas, occupational health and safety law reform and workplace relations law reform.
Law Council Tests Its 20-20 Vision
The Law Council made sure its thoughts on the future of this country were put before the Prime Minister’s Australia 2020 Summit, held in Canberra on 19 and 20 April.
Legal Aid Boost a Step in Right Direction
The Attorney-General’s recent announcement of additional funding for community legal centres and legal aid commissions should mark the beginning of a genuine attempt by the Government to address shortfalls in this crucial area, according to the Law Council.
LCA Backs Changes to Same-Sex Laws
The Law Council has welcomed an announcement that Commonwealth laws which discriminate against same-sex couples will be either gone or on their way out by year’s end.
Quentin Bryce Welcomed as New Governor-General
The Law Council this month congratulated Quentin Bryce on her appointment as Governor-General of Australia.
“Ms Bryce’s appointment as Governor-General is richly deserved and caps a long and distinguished career, which began in the law,” Law Council President Ross Ray QC said.
Law Students Call For Scholarship Overhaul
The peak body representing Australian law students says the Federal Government’s Commonwealth Scholarship Program falls short of the mark and has called for a number of shortcomings to be rectified.
Future of Federalism Under Microscope
Brisbane will play host in July to an international panel of experts to discuss the major challenges and opportunities for federal systems around the world.
So You Think You Can Practise Downunder?
By Elizabeth Lee*
April 2008: the perfect time to be in Washington DC. Cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The Pope is in town. A lone Aussie young lawyer makes the trek out there also.
What's On is your guide to conferences, workshops, seminars and other events of interest to the Australian legal profession. Items for What's On are welcome and should be submitted to the editor on the details provided.