Last night the Victorian Bar and the Tax Bar Association, in conjunction with the Australian Bar Association, held a CPD webinar on taxation treaties and domestic law. Why am I mentioning a CPD that’s already taken place? The session was chaired by the Right Honourable Lord Hodge of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the Bar’s office facilitated the entire exercise nationally and internationally. It is hoped this will encourage future international sessions of this kind — my congratulations to all involved, but particularly our office, which can claim much of the credit.
The result of the by-election to fill the vacancy in Category A of the Bar Council, brought about by the appointment of the Honourable Justice Helen Rofe QC to the Federal Court of Australia, was confirmed on Tuesday evening. Georgina Schoff QC won out in a large field of strong candidates. I congratulate Gina on her success and welcome her to the Bar Council. My thanks to all those who nominated for election and to all members who voted.
Last week marked the largely unheralded retirement of three long-standing members of the Supreme Court of Victoria. On behalf of the Bar, I thank the Honourable Justice John Digby, the Honourable Justice John Champion, retiring on Friday, 13 August, and the Honourable Associate Judge Alexander Jamie Wood for their outstanding service to the legal profession and the people of Victoria.
We note the recent appointment of Rear Admiral the Honourable Jack Rush RFD QC RAN to the position of Judge Advocate General of the Australian Defence Force, effectively the Chief Justice of the military justice system. We congratulate the JAG and wish him well in this vital role.
Finally, this week has seen discussion about comments by members of the Bar on social media. It is not the function of the Bar to monitor or control that use in any way. May I remind members of the need to be considered and respectful in their use of such media.
Christopher Blanden QC