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LIV advocacy

Every Issue

Cite as: (2008) 82(10) 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.

High Court Sittings

LIV president Tony Burke travelled to Canberra to attend a special sitting of the High Court of Australia to farewell former Chief Justice Murray Gleeson. Mr Burke also attended a special sitting of the Court to welcome new High Court of Australia Chief Justice Robert French.

Legal aid

LIV CEO Mike Brett Young met with new Victoria Legal Aid CEO Bevan Warner.

Law Association meetings

Mr Brett Young and Mr Burke attended the North East Law Association’s annual dinner at Rutherglen.

Mr Burke attended the Northern Suburbs Association dinner and gave an update on the LIV’s activities.

The LIV Council attended the Southern Solicitors’ Group dinner and annual general meeting.

Pro Bono Resource Centre

Mr Burke met with director of the National Pro Bono Resource Centre John Corker to discuss revenue incentives for people to conduct pro bono work. Barrister Alexandra Richards QC also attended.

Small business

Mr Burke chaired and presented a small business seminar as part of the state government’s Energise Enterprise Festival.

State Revenue Office

Mr Brett Young met State Revenue Office CEO Paul Broderick to discuss issues
relevant to both organisations.

Supreme Court

The LIV Council met with Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Warren to discuss current issues affecting the Court.

Tenants and landords

Mr Burke attended the launch of Renting A Home: A guide for tenants and landlords by Consumer Affairs Minister Tony Robinson.

Traineeships

Mr Brett Young gave a presentation to the Transport Accident Commission on the implementation of the new supervised workplace traineeships.

University students

Mr Burke gave a presentation to Deakin University law students on legal practice and ethics.

Submissions

Submissions made by the LIV may be viewed at http://www.liv.asn.au/members/sections/submissions.

Because Mental Health Matters: A new focus for mental health and wellbeing in Victoria

The Administrative Law & Human Rights Section made a submission welcoming the government’s commitment to refocusing planning, funding and oversight of mental health policies and services in Victoria. The submission raises concern, however, about the lack of discussion in the consultation paper about the distinction between voluntary and involuntary patients, and suggests that promotion of human rights be included as a new focus area for the government.

Issues paper no 1: Minimum salary level/ labour agreements

The Administrative Law & Human Rights Section made a submission supporting changes to the 457 Visa requirements and procedures that take account of the needs of workers, business and the wider community. The submission notes that many of the
problems associated with the 457 Visa scheme stem from a lack of funding and human resources. In the LIV’s view, any reform of the 457 Visa scheme must be backed with a commitment from the Australian government of adequate funding to administer it effectively.

Review of the regulation of supported residential services in Victoria

The Elder Law Section made a submission in relation to the review of the regulation of supported residential services in Victoria. The submission recommends that the current regulatory framework should be strengthened. The submission expresses concerns about the current complaint making mechanisms, financial arrangements and staffing requirements applicable to residents.

Whistleblowing protections

The Government Lawyers’ Section and the Administrative Law and Human Rights Section made a joint submission to the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (Cth) Inquiry into whistleblowing protections within the Australian government sector.

LCA submissions

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

LIV and the Media

ABC Radio legal segment with Lindy Burns

7 August DNA bungle, drug testing for Olympic athletes, the role of the Court of Arbitration for Sport

21 August The Olympics, proposals to ban smoking in cars

ABC Radio Statewide with Kathy Bedford

21 August Rule of law in Pakistan, Abortion Bill introduced into Parliament

28 August Native Title on the Prom, spent convictions, the International Criminal Court

Changes to Family Law Act

LIV explains proposed changes to the law, particularly affecting de facto couples

2 August Saturday Breakfast ABC radio

Conveyancing system better for consumers

LIV says regulation of conveyancers better for consumers

22 August The Australian

Justice Kirby addresses LIV President’s lunch

Justice Kirby answers critics of a Charter of Human Rights

21 August ABC radio

22 August Australian Financial Review

23 August The Age

LIV free legal seminars

“Planning for a secure future” and “Understanding family law” seminars run by LIV

August Various local papers

LSB grant to AustLII

Grant welcomed by LIV

15 August The Australian

Murder charges dropped after DNA contamination

LIV critical of police rush to name and shame suspect

6 August ABC radio news, ABC TV news, Triple J news, ABC Canberra, Radio National

7 August The Age, Herald Sun, The Australian, Channel 10 news, SBS TV news, ABC Melbourne, ABC Adelaide, 3AW Breakfast program, ABC news radio national

Police powers to ban people from nightclub precincts

LIV representative says police already have enough powers to deal with drunk and disorderly people

4 August ABC Ballarat

Privacy concerns on the Internet

Current generation said to accept a degree of openness about private life, while others are concerned

10 August Sunday Age

State’s e-conveyancing

LIV calls for review of fee structure

15 August The Australian

Victorian Costs Court Bill

LIV welcomes government proposal for specialist Costs Court

22 August Australian Financial Review

29 August Lawyers Weekly

The LIV’s media adviser KERRY O’SHEA is available to help members with particular media issues and can be contacted on ph 9607 9373 or for more information see http://www.liv.asn.au/media.

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