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Golf glory for Geelong

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Cite as: (2007) 81(6) LIJ, p. 19


The Geelong Law Association made the most of its home ground advantage and took out the honours in the 2007 Lander Cup played at Barwon Heads Golf Club.

Nineteen golfing lawyers representing Geelong, Gippsland and Melbourne took to the course on 27 April, with Michael Meagher and Jim Lally from Geelong scoring the best pair with 45 stableford points.

The Lander Cup was donated by the late Hartwell “Chic” Lander, a keen golfer who was president of the Law Institute of Victoria in 1967/68.

It initially started as an event to be played by country law associations but later a team from Melbourne joined the competition.

VCAT acting president

County Court judge and Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) vice-president John Bowman has been appointed as acting president of VCAT. He replaces Justice Stuart Morris who retired as VCAT president on 4 May.

Specialised sexual assault centre opens

Victims of sexual assault will be able to get help in one central location at Victoria’s first multi-disciplinary sexual assault centre. The Peninsula Sexual Assault Centre, which opened on 26 April, brings police, counsellors and medical staff together under one roof so that victims no longer have to deal with different agencies in different locations.

New requirements for family dispute resolution

From 1 July, courts will not be able to hear an application for a parenting order in a new case unless the person seeking the order first obtains a certificate from a registered family dispute resolution practitioner. All family dispute resolution practitioners must be included on a new family dispute resolution register in order to issue valid certificates. Further information is available at http://www.ag.gov.au/fdrproviders

Victorian legislation ensures DNA database sharing

The National Crime Investigative DNA Database (NCIDD) has been partially operational since 2003, but procedural inconsistencies between the states, territories and Commonwealth have delayed its full operation. Last month amendments to the Crimes Act were introduced into state Parliament ensuring that Victoria’s database and classifications were consistent with other jurisdictions, allowing information to be shared freely.

Public consultation sought on identity crime

Laws designed to combat the multi-billion dollar problem of identity fraud in Australia have been released for public consultation. The model laws are contained in a report which is available from http://www.ag.gov.au/idcrimepaper The consultation period closes on 12 June.

Joint law venture in Singapore

Australian law firm Allens Arthur Robinson has signed the first joint law venture with a Singaporean firm, TSMP Law Corporation, to establish Allens Arthur Robinson TSMP in Singapore. Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has welcomed the joint law venture and said improved access for Australian lawyers to law firms overseas continued to be a priority of the Australian government.

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