Xenophon to voice concerns about SA CTP at ALA conference

12th Jun 2013

Senator Nick Xenophon is one of several high profile speakers to address the Australian Lawyers Alliance South Australian Conference on Friday as part of a program focussing on recent changes to South Australia’s CTP scheme.

Mr Xenophon, who will voice concerns about the changes in his speech at 3pm, will be joined by lawyers Michael Kernot, Jo-Anne Deuter and Hugh Rischbieth who will host a CTP discussion panel on Green Papers, White Papers and an Injury Scale Values Update.

South Australian Deputy Chief Magistrate, Dr Andrew Cannon AM, and solicitor, John Pearce, will also discuss Magistrates’ Court (Civil) Rules 2013 – The New Home for CTP matters, as part of the conference.

The Role of Alcohol and Drugs in Road Traffic Accidents – Including New and Emerging Drugs is also on the program and will be presented by University of South Australia School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences Head Professor, Jason White.

Morals, Ethics and the Interface with Law – Current Issues will also be hosted by University of South Australia Law School Dean, Peter MacFarlane, and an annual case review will also be conducted by barrister Jo-Anne Deuter.

“Since March 2012 the SA government has led the public to believe that the CTP scheme needed to be reformed to ensure its financial viability into the future,” ALA SA President Patrick Boylen said.

“Yet the 2013 SA Budget has shown that the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) has a healthy surplus and the SA government has wasted no time in helping itself to the surplus,” Mr Boylen said.

Mr Boylen said it was for this reason that such a strong focus of the conference will be on the changes and its implications for injury victims, motorists and lawyers.

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