Vocal national non-profit legal organisation in ACT for conference

18th Sep 2012

A national non-profit legal organisation that has been calling for a National Inquiry into abuses in religious institutions as well as vocalising concerns about treatment of asylum seekers, children, mandatory sentencing and excessive police powers, will hold its annual ACT conference in Canberra on Friday.

More than 50 lawyers and academics will attend the Australian Lawyers Alliance annual ACT Conference at Rydges Lakeside Hotel from 9am when ACT Supreme Court Justice Terrence Higgins AO will discuss recent Supreme Court developments and Maurice Blackburn special projects manager John Cain will deliberate on the design and effect of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Also slated for the day is a compensation and health report from the Australian Centre for Economic Research and Health’s, Dr Natalie Spearing; a report on injury causes from expert Dr Andrew Short and criminal case reviews from barristers John Purnell SC, Steve Whybrow, Greg Stretton SC and Andrew Muller.

Panel sessions from ACT Law Society’s Noor Blumer, Michael Kukulies-Smith, Richard Faulks and Kim Chapman will also examine ACT procedural developments.

“The Australian Lawyers Alliance is an organisation committed to improving the fabric of justice in Australia,” ALA ACT President, Angus Bucknell, said today.

“By coming together, annually, in most Australian jurisdictions, lawyers from all over the country are able to compare notes on legal structures within jurisdictions and join forces to collectively lobby governments to change poorly planned laws,” he said.

“Unfortunately, too many laws being passed today are being done to satisfy populist, misconceived beliefs based on fear rather than rational knowledge and experience."

Tags: ACT Access to justice