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LIJ August 2014

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Cover Story

Call to Parties: State Election 2014 Key Issues

The LIV is the peak body for the Victorian legal profession. It represents the views and interests of more than 19,000 members to industry and government and advocates justice for all. The LIV, through its practice section committees, actively seeks to influence policy by making submissions to government, the courts, parliamentary committees and other bodies.

By Law Institute of Victoria

Feature Articles

A matter of class: Start with a checklist

Representative Actions

A matter of class: Start with a checklist

When commencing or faced with a new class action, practitioners are confronted with a wide range of questions and choices. This article addresses some of the key issues and suggests potential options for addressing them. 

By Robert Williams

Beware the Code's traps

Criminal Code

Beware the Code's traps

The Commonwealth Criminal Code has been operating for more than a decade, yet mention of it provokes caution and unease from both sides of the bench. 

By Andrew Field

When a sentence is a question


When a sentence is a question

Sentencing under Commonwealth law is complex and often difficult. Becoming familiar with the regime will help. 

By Andrew Field

Words CAN harm us: The need for gender vilification provisions in Victorian law


Words CAN harm us: The need for gender vilification provisions in Victorian law

Renewed international interest means that now is an opportune time to reassess the need for Victorian gender vilification prohibitions – and address a notable gap in anti-vilification law in Australia. 

By Anjalee de Silva

Clearing the fog: Legal interns & the law

Work Experience

Clearing the fog: Legal interns & the law

Unpaid internships have become a common feature in Australian workplaces for students and young people eager to get a break in a particular industry, but there may be legal ramifications. 

By Adam Gleeson

Land use activity agreements: An alternative regime

Land Rights

Land use activity agreements: An alternative regime

The commencement of the first full settlement under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic), incorporating a “land use activity agreement”, represents a new approach to the regulation of the rights of traditional owners in relation to the use of Crown land in Victoria.

By Nicholas Testro

Proper advice: The impossible dream


Proper advice: The impossible dream

The TAC’s new costs policy creates a greater risk to those bringing legitimate serious injury claims due to the now uncertain and threatening costs environment.

By Jonathan King


Publications Department

(for LIJ (Law Institute Journal) and LIV Directory and Diary inquiries only) Tel:(61 3) 9607 9319 Fax:(61 3) 9607 9451 Email: Managing editor: Carolyn Ford. Sub-editor/publications coordinator: Mary Kerley. Journalist: Karin Derkley. Sub-editor/proofreader: Libby Brown. Art director: Katherine Alexander. Editorial & administrative assistant: Sophie Suelzle. Advertising: Lisa Crowle.


Editorial committee

Chair: Gerry Bean Members:  Tony Burke, Geoff Gronow, Melissa Macken, Chris Molnar, Cameron Ross and Carolyn Ford.


Editorial policy

All contributions and letters to the editor to be addressed to: Managing editor, Carolyn Ford, Law Institute of Victoria Ltd, GPO Box 263, Melbourne 3001. Tel: (61 3) 9607 9319. Mob: 0406 004 935. Fax: (61 3) 9607 9451. Email: Views expressed by contributors are not necessarily endorsed by the Law Institute of Victoria. No responsibility is accepted by the Institute, the editor or the printers for the accuracy of information contained in the text and advertisements.

CAB audit logoLIJ (Law Institute Journal) circulation September 2014 12,785 - CAB audited.

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