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LIV Advocacy

Every Issue

Cite as: Cite as: March 2012 86 (03) 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.
Chinese New Year

LIV president Michael Holcroft and LIV CEO Michael Brett Young attended a Chinese New Year reception at the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Melbourne.

Community awards

Mr Brett Young participated in a judging panel for the Community Work Partnership Awards 2011 with the Department of Justice.

Council inductions

Mr Holcroft attended the first LIV Council meeting for the year which included Council member inductions for Tracey Smail and Jessica Kerr.

Family Court matters

Mr Holcroft and Mr Brett Young met with Family Court Chief Justice Diana Bryant and Justice Paul Cronin. They discussed common issues including how to improve drafting of pleadings in Family Court matters.

Legal year opening

Mr Holcroft and Mr Brett Young attended the opening of the legal year. Mr Holcroft gave a reading at the Ecumenical Service at St Paul’s Cathedral. Mr Brett Young attended the Community Observance at the County Court.

New anti-corruption powers

Mr Holcroft and Mr Brett Young met with Corrections Minister Andrew McIntosh. They discussed the staged introduction of anti-corruption legislation, referrals between the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC), the Ombudsman and other complaints bodies and the Judicial Complaints Commission.

Presidents meet

Mr Holcroft met with the 2012 Young Lawyers president Amanda Storey. They discussed their platforms for the year ahead.

RAP meeting

Mr Holcroft met with representatives of the Koori Heritage Trust with regard to the LIV’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which is due to be launched later this year. Shared initiatives between the two groups were discussed.

Reporting Project launch

Mr Brett Young attended the LIV Reporting Project launch at the Legal Services Board.

Succession talks

Mr Holcroft met with president of the Law Society of South Australia Ralph Bonig. Issues discussed included succession, regional, rural and remote areas, CPD and the SA Law Society’s position on national profession reform.

Submissions

Submissions made by the LIV may be viewed at www.liv.asn.au/Membership/Practice-Sections.

National equality proposed

The LIV’s Workplace Relations and Administrative Law and Human Rights Sections made a joint submission to the Law Council of Australia on the consolidation of commonwealth anti-discrimination laws and the proposed National Equality Act with the view to informing their submission to government. In its submission, the LIV expressed support for the consolidation of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth), and the four commonwealth anti-discrimination Acts to eliminate current differences in the drafting and coverage of each of the commonwealth anti-discrimination Acts and, therefore, assist individuals, businesses and organisations to understand their rights and obligations.

Split family visas

The Law Council of Australia and the LIV made a joint submission relating to split family visas and issues arising from the High Court M61 decision. The letter reiterates and augments calls in previous correspondence for: legal assistance for offshore entry persons seeking judicial review of adverse decisions relating to protection applications following the M61 case; the appointment of additional federal magistrates to respond to increasing numbers of applications for judicial review in such matters; and the need for reform of split family visa provisions to clarify that unaccompanied humanitarian minors proposing immediate family members need only be under 18 at the time of the visa application rather than at the time of decision.

LCA SUBMISSIONS

The latest LCA submissions can be seen at www.lawcouncil.asn.au/submissions.html.

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