Law Council of Australia—National Press Club Address
On Wednesday, the President of the Law Council of Australia, Morry Bailes, and his predecessor, Fiona McLeod SC, addressed the National Press Club in Canberra in relation to the LCA’s ongoing Justice Project—an ambitious review of the state of access to justice for the most vulnerable, marginalised and disadvantaged Australians. The early recommendations of the project include a whole-of-government approach to reform, the introduction of a justice impact test for government policies, and substantial new funding for legal assistance and the courts. Morry Bailes highlighted, in particular, shocking figures concerning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration. Indigenous Australians comprise just 3% of the national population, but 27% of its incarcerated population—a rise of 88% in the past decade. The televised address is available on ABC iview and I commend it to members. More information and links are in the Practice & Profession section below.