'Malaysian solution' challenger to receive ALA Civil Justice Award

16th May 2012

The human rights work of leading immigration lawyer, David Manne, who was the lead player in putting an end to the Federal Government’s ‘Malaysian Solution’ will be recognised at the annual Australian Lawyers Alliance Victorian Conference in Lorne this week.

Mr Manne, will be presented with the Australian Lawyers Alliance Civil Justice Award at 9.30am on Friday, 18 May at the Mantra Erskine Beach Resort, before giving a keynote address as part of the conference opening.

About 200 lawyers and academics will attend the conference, which is being held on Friday, 18 May until Saturday, 19 May.

The Australian Lawyers Alliance is a national, peak legal organisation that promotes justice, freedom and the rights of the individual. It has about 1500 members nation-wide.

ALA Victorian President, Emily Anderson, said Mr Manne was the obvious choice for the award given the work he had done as part of his role as Refugee and Legal Centre Executive Director and in preventing another layer of cruel and inhumane treatment of refugees in this country by bringing a successful legal challenge to the ‘Malaysian Solution’.

Her Honour Judge Sandra Davis of the County Court of Victoria will also discuss judicial settlement conferences as part of the conference and former Victorian Government solicitor, John Cain, will discuss the National Disability Insurance Scheme and its implications.

Also in the line-up is barrister, John Gordon, who will speak on recent High and Appellate Court decisions; barristers Paul O’Dwyer SC and Anita Spitzer, who will both discuss economic loss; and lawyers Mark Carey and Damian Lynch who will both provide a Comcare update.

Lawyer, John Berrill, will discuss superannuation claims and weekly compensation payments; barrister, Andrew Stone, will host an ethics hypothetical; and annual case reviews and TAC and WorkCover panel discussions will also form part of the program.

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