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Cite as: April 2014 88 (04) LIJ, p.10

To represent the interests of members and the wider community, the LIV actively seeks to influence policy and legislation through lobbying and submissions to government, the courts and other bodies.

Conference of Council

LIV president Geoff Bowyer and LIV CEO Michael Brett Young attended the LIV Conference of Council 2014. The conference is an annual event at which some of the profession’s most pressing issues are examined. Attorney-General Robert Clark addressed the conference and outlined the government’s law and order agenda for 2014 (see p27).

Graduate careers

Mr Brett Young met with Upskill Learning Australia director Sacha Koffman regarding the Career Pathway Program for undergraduates. Mr Bowyer and Mr Brett Young met with College of Law CEO Neville Carter regarding practical legal training.

Income tax assessment

Mr Bowyer attended a teleconference with Small Business Tax Division general manager Hector Thompson, of the Australian Government Treasury, regarding amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Large Law Firm Group

Mr Bowyer and Mr Brett Young met with Large Law Firm Group policy director Pat Garcia; Minter Ellison managing partner Mark Green; and King & Wood Mallesons partner Joanne Cameron.

LCA international strategy

Mr Brett Young met with Law Council of Australia president Michael Colbran and attended the LCA International Strategy Working Group meeting in Canberra.

Legal Services Board

Mr Bowyer and Mr Brett Young met with Legal Services Commissioner Michael McGarvie to discuss matters of interest in the legal profession.

Managing Partners Group

Mr Brett Young attended the Managing Partners Group meeting hosted by Hunt & Hunt Lawyers.

Mornington Peninsula Law Association

Mr Bowyer and Mr Brett Young attended the Mornington Peninsula Law Association dinner.

Queensland Law Society

Mr Bowyer met with Queensland Law Society president Ian Brown and attended the Queensland Law Society 2014 legal profession dinner.

Small Business Commission

Mr Bowyer and Mr Brett Young met with Victorian Small Business Commissioner Geoff Browne.

Supreme Court farewell

Mr Bowyer spoke at the farewell for Supreme Court Justice Paul Coghlan (see p33).

Victoria Legal Aid

Mr Bowyer met with Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) chair Andrew Guy and Mr Brett Young met with VLA managing director Bevan Warner.

VWL meeting

Mr Bowyer and Mr Brett Young met with Victorian Women Lawyers (VWL) convenor Verity Shepherdson.

Submissions

Submissions made by the LIV may be viewed at www.liv.asn.au/For-Lawyers/Sections-Groups-Associations/Practice-Sections/Submissions.

ALRC review of laws for consistency with traditional rights, freedoms and privileges

The LIV prepared a memorandum to the Law Council of Australia outlining its views on the proposed terms of reference for the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) review of Commonwealth laws for consistency with traditional rights, freedoms and privileges. In the memorandum the LIV notes its concerns with the time constraints for providing comment to the review as well as the narrow focus of the terms of reference which limit the review’s ability to focus on other important rights and freedoms. The LIV also raises concerns with the nature of the rights, freedoms and privileges contemplated by the terms of reference.

National curriculum review

The LIV prepared a memorandum to the Law Council of Australia outlining its views on the Department of Education’s review of the Australian curriculum. In the memorandum, the LIV emphasises the importance of proper consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the development of the curriculum and reiterates that there should be an emphasis on the promotion of reconciliation, respect and non-discrimination which is essential to avoid perpetuating harmful stereotypes that marginalise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The LIV also advocates that the national curriculum allow the opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to learn their own language(s) and to be educated within their communities about their own culture and laws.

Delivering High Quality Criminal Trials consultation

The LIV submitted its response to Victoria Legal Aid’s “Delivering High Quality Criminal Trials” consultation paper. The LIV submission suggested that many of the proposals focus on cost cutting exercises which can risk reducing the quality of criminal trials.

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