Message from the President

Duncan McConnel

Duncan McConnel  LCAPres

09 April 2015

Advocating on indigenous legal issues

Recently, the Law Council undersigned an open letter to the Prime Minister, along with 25 peak legal bodies, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and NGOs, expressing grave concern over the effects that Commonwealth funding cuts will have on the delivery of frontline legal services to society's most vulnerable.

This was a rare move by the Law Council, underscoring the very high level of concern within the profession and the broader community that current law enforcement and justice models operating in Australia have not been working. .

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What's New?

30 April 2015: Change the Record on indigenous imprisonment
The Law Council of Australia is pleased to support the "Change the Record" campaign, which seeks to end the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the justice system.

29 April 2015: Condolences from the Australian legal profession
The Law Council expresses its condolences following the tragic execution of Australian citizens.

28 April 2015: Halt the execution of Australian citizens in Indonesia
The Law Council of Australia calls on Indonesian authorities to stay the impending execution of Mr Andrew Chan and Mr Myuran Sukumaran to allow them to give evidence before Indonesia's Constitutional Court.

14 April 2015: Former Law Council President elected President of Commonwealth Lawyers' Association
The Law Council congratulates former President, Mr Alexander Ward, on his election to the position of President of the Commonwealth Lawyers' Association (CLA).

26 March 2015: Law Council welcomes reversal of funding cuts to legal assistance
The Law Council welcomes the announcement by the Attorney-General that cuts to legal aid, due to take effect from 1 July 2015, have been withdrawn.

25 March 2015: The profession’s report to the UN on human rights in Australia
The Law Council of Australia comments on the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review.