ABA welcomes consultation process for ALRC examination into Indigenous incarceration

The Australian Bar Association welcomes the Federal Government’s consultation on the draft terms of reference for the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry into the incarceration rates of Indigenous Australians and encourages Commonwealth and State Governments to introduce immediately legislative and regulatory reforms.   “The upcoming ALRC inquiry is an excellent initiative and much needed,… Read more »

High Court of Australia Appointments

STATEMENT FROM ABA PRESIDENT PATRICK O’SULLIVAN QC “The Australian Bar Association warmly welcomes the announcement of the appointment of Justice Susan Kiefel as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia. Justice Kiefel has had an outstanding career to date as a Justice of the High Court and has long been held in the highest… Read more »


Thursday 27 October 2016 The President of the Australian Bar Association (ABA), Patrick O’Sullivan QC, has applauded the Commonwealth Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, on today’s announcement of a national Law Reform Commission examination into Indigenous incarceration, which will consider law reform measures to tackle Indigenous imprisonment rates. “The over-representation of Indigenous people… Read more »

Australian Bar Association adopts LCA Equitable Briefing Policy and considers practical measures to implementation.

Thursday 20th October 2016 The President of the Australian Bar Association, Patrick O’Sullivan QC, has today confirmed the ABA’s commitment to promoting excellence, diversity and inclusion at the Bar by adopting the Law Council of Australia’s Equitable Briefing Policy. “The ABA has and always will promote the high quality and specialist skills of the Bar… Read more »

Australian Bar Association responds to alarming BOCSAR statistics that shows 40% of Indigenous defendants on remand do not go on to receive custodial sentences.

Wednesday 28 September 2016 Australian Bar Association has responded to today’s release of the latest BOCSAR statistics on NSW Indigenous crime and imprisonment, calling on governments to take a closer look at bail and community-based orders and their impact on the increasing rates of Indigenous incarceration. Today’s reports show that Indigenous imprisonment rates in NSW… Read more »

Australian Bar Association welcomes new legislation addressing fine default imprisonment in Western Australia

15 September 2016 The Australian Bar Association has today welcomed the Western Australian government’s new legislation aimed at reducing the rate of Indigenous incarceration for non-payment of fines. ABA President Patrick O’Sullivan QC commended the announcement stating, “Imprisonment for default of payment is unjust, unfair to poor offenders, dangerous to vulnerable offenders, expensive and disproportionate… Read more »

ABA considers alternative funding options to Australia’s legal assistance crisis.

Friday 9 September 2016 The Australian Bar Association says that in addition to continuing to press Federal and State Governments to appropriately fund legal assistance for those in need, it is considering new and alternative sources of funding for the sector. “We know Australia’s legal assistance services such as legal aid and community legal centres… Read more »

Australia’s most prestigious legal conference promises to inspire, stimulate and innovate while tackling the greatest legal challenges in the country.

Wednesday 7 September 2016 The Australian Bar Association in conjunction with the Victorian Bar is hosting the National Legal Conference in Melbourne on 27-28 October 2016. The Conference includes what has been described as the most impressive line-up of speakers ever presented at a legal conference in Australia. Australian Bar Association President, Patrick O’Sullivan QC,… Read more »

Bombing attack on grieving lawyers in Quetta, Pakistan: Statement from ABA President Patrick O’Sullivan QC

August 10, 2016 “The Australian Bar Association is shocked and saddened by news of a targeted bombing attack on grieving lawyers and mourners in Quetta, Pakistan, following the murder of the former President of the Baluchistan Bar Association,” said Australian Bar Association President, Patrick O’Sullivan QC. “We understand the attack, in which 70 people were killed,… Read more »

Royal Commission into youth detention in the NT: Statement from ABA President Patrick O’Sullivan QC

August 1 2016 “The Australian Bar Association welcomes today’s appointment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda and The Hon Margaret White AO as joint Commissioners for the Royal Commission into the child protection and youth detention systems of the Northern Territory. “Mick Gooda is highly qualified and cognisant of the… Read more »