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Chief Justice Bowskill is speaking at a Young Commonwealth Lawyers Association (YCLA) webinar aimed at practitioners, students of law or those wishing to gain insight and understanding of how mental health affects us all on a day to day. Her Honour’s topic is “Strategies for lawyers and judges to cope with stress, loss and vicarious...
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On 16 February 2024 Greg Barnes SC delivered a keynote speech to the Queensland Branch of the Australian Lawyers Alliance Annual Conference analysing youth justice issues in Queensland, including: suspension of the Human Rights Act 2019 to allow detention of children who breach bail in the Stregthening Community Safety Act 2023 (Qld) – an Act...
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On 7 February 2024 New Zealand’s top appellate court ruled in favour of a very significant climate case continuing to trial. While it remains to be seen whether the case will ultimately succeed at trial, four features make it a momentous, landmark win for the climate that builds on other important wins globally in recent...
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Originally published in 1968 and re-published in 2022 to mark the centenary of the abolition of the death penalty in Queensland, The Penalty Is Death is an anthology concerning the capital punishment debate. The collection, divided into five parts, commences with two essays that provide comprehensive overviews of, and contemporarily contextualise, the debate for the modern...
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  When I started as a barrister, over 20 years ago, I typically worked late each night and weekends. A few years into my practice, I realised I hadn’t taken a holiday in over two years. There always seemed to be something urgent to prepare for, even over the long Christmas holidays. I got to...
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Australian citizens are at risk of being prosecuted under Australian law if they commit, or are complicit in crimes being perpetrated by the Israeli Defence Forces in Gaza.  Since the commencement of the Gaza war, when the Israeli government issued an order to 360,000 military reservists to engage in the onslaught of Gaza, multiple dual...
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  On 21 November 2023 Lawyers for Climate Justice Australia (L4CJA) held  a webinar on Senator David Pocock’s Bill, the Climate Change Amendment (Duty of Care and Intergenerational Climate Equity) Bill 2023. Senator Pocock was joined by Anjali (Anj) Sharma, who was the lead litigant in the groundbreaking case of Sharma v Minister for the...
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Matthew Brady KC of Higgins Chambers hosted a lunch in chambers this week for the Chief Justices of Queensland and Nauru.  Matthew sits as a part-time judge of the Supreme Court of Nauru.
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While it is not a court of law where the ethical and sometimes legal obligation of expert witnesses is to declare potential or actual conflicts of interest so that their evidence can be placed in context, the Nine Newspapers use of a panel of ‘experts’ to publish an extraordinary series of articles arguing Australia must...
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