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LIV advocacy

Every Issue

Cite as: (2008) 82(7) LIJ, p.12

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.

Accident Compensation Act review stakeholders reference group

LIV CEO Mike Brett Young attended the final session of the Accident Compensation Act review stakeholders reference group. The LIV is awaiting the release of the final report by Peter Hanks QC.

Accountants

LIV president Tony Burke and Mr Brett Young met with Certified Public Accountants president Alex Malley and CEO Geoff Rankin to discuss issues common to the professions.
Mr Burke, Mr Brett Young, LIV vice-president Danny Barlow and Treasurer Steven Stevens met with several Institute of Chartered Accountants representatives, including Victoria and Tasmania general manager Michael Nazzari, to discuss issues of importance to both professions.

Ararat Prison complex

Mr Burke toured the Ararat prison complex as a guest of Corrections Victoria to inspect conditions for former prisoners subject to extended supervision orders.

Equal Opportunity Review launch

Mr Brett Young attended the launch of the Equal Opportunity Review by former public
advocate Julian Gardner, held at the Department of Justice.

Legal Services Board

Mr Burke and Mr Brett Young met with Legal Services Board (LSB) CEO Victoria Marles and LSB chair Colin Neave to discuss the ongoing relationship between the
LSB and LIV.

Major law firms training presentation

Mr Brett Young gave a presentation for major law firms representatives about supervised workplace training.

Mental health issues

Mr Brett Young met with Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal member Bill Holloway and Mental Health Review Board president John Lesser about legal issues for court users with mental health issues.
Mr Brett Young also had a meeting with Legal Services Commissioner Victoria Marles and barrister Stephen Hare about mental health issues for members of the profession.

North West Law Association meeting

Mr Brett Young addressed the North West Law Association on issues including anti money laundering and supervised workplace training.

Victorian Attorney-General twilight briefing

Mr Burke and Mr Brett Young attended a briefing where Deputy Premier and Attorney-General Rob Hulls outlined his priorities for law reform.

Victorian Women Lawyers

Mr Brett Young met with Victorian Women Lawyers representatives, convenor Christine Melis and Jennifer Kanis, about retention of women in the profession.

Submissions

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

A&P becomes LPP

The LIV department responsible for submissions to government and public bodies on legal issues has changed its name from Advocacy and Practice to Legal Policy and Practice (LPP). LPP will continue to represent and support members and the wider legal community through its work on
legal policy and reform with LIV Sections and their various committees, practice networks and interest groups, and Committees of LIV Council.

LPP also actively supports LIV constituent roles with state and national bodies including the Law Council of Australia (LCA) and maintains strong relationships with the wider legal community including the courts, all levels of government and various regulatory bodies and service providers.

LPP has a strong member focus and will continue to deliver valuable practice support services and increased opportunities to members to advance the legal profession and its role in the wider community. 

“Driving while disqualified or suspended”

The Criminal Law Section made a submission to the Sentencing Advisory Council on its discussion paper titled “Driving while disqualified or suspended”. The LIV submitted that the compulsory sentence of imprisonment for repeat offenders should be removed.

Estate Agents (Contracts) Regulations 2008

In early June 2008, Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) issued an exposure draft of the proposed Estate Agents (Contracts) Regulations 2008. The 2008 Regulations prescribe new versions of the contract of sale of real estate and contract of sale of business and the LIV made comments to CAV in relation to the wording of the new contracts.

Guidelines on ministerial powers of intervention

The Administrative Law & Human Rights Section made a submission to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in relation to the draft revised guidelines on ministerial powers of intervention. The LIV supports the introduction of complementary protection whereby people who do not meet the definition of “refugee” in the 1951 Refugee Convention, but still need of protection under international law, can apply for protection in the first instance to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Replacement of Mental Health Regulations

The Administrative Law & Human Rights Section made a submission to the Department of Human Services in response to its proposal to re-make the provisions of the Mental Health Regulations 1998 (Vic) after they expire on 22 September, pending the outcome of a formal review of the Mental Health Act 1986 (Vic) and the Regulations. The LIV recommended that the Regulations be amended in light of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic).

Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission inquiry into enhancing Victoria’s liveability

The LIV Administrative Law & Human Rights Section made a submission to the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission in relation to its draft report into enhancing Victoria’s liveability. The LIV recommended that Victoria’s liveability would be improved through better access to education for students with disabilities.

LCA submissions

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

LIV and the Media

ABC legal segment with Lindy Burns

10 July Duty of care by club doctors to football players, assaults on the footy field
24 July Lawyers’ ethics and duty to the court

ABC Statewide with Kathy Bedford

9 July Drink spiking laws, dangers of children riding motorbikes off-road
16 July: Nuisance laws in NSW overturned, law introduced to ban peanuts from schools and preschools
23 July Right to a fair trial, with media prepublicity of a case where a man was charged after DNA match
30 July Right to privacy following Max Mosley judgment and sacking of a gay football trainer, first Koori County Court welcomed, new Chief Justice Robert French

Changes to child support

Child support scheme and its effect on families explained
2 July Today Show, Channel 9

Crimassist

LIV concerned about Crimassist giving legal information or legal advice and discusses sources of free legal advice
1 July ABC Law Report
25 July Australian Financial Review

Legal fear over police claim

LIV says any trial for mother of newborn found dead could be jeopardised by police comments
25 July MX

Nuisance laws

LIV concerned about laws introduced for World Youth Day
3 July 3MDR community radio

Pro bono tax breaks

LIV urges federal government to give tax breaks for pro bono work
25 July Australian Financial Review

State urged to cut fees for conveyancing

LIV urges government to wind back fees for paper based conveyancing pending new national econveyancing scheme
11 July The Australian

LIV small business seminar

LIV seminar covers legal issues for small business
29 July Bayside Leader, Caulfield Leader, Progress Leader

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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