The NSW Society of Labor Lawyers recently provided evidence on 21 May 2018 to the Legislation Review Committee's Inquiry into the Operation of the Legislation Review Act. The Society reaffirmed its commitment to the introduction of comprehensive human rights legislation in New South Wales and called for significant reform to the current process for legislative scrutiny in NSW, including by way of adoption of statements of compatability for each new bill.
The Hansard transcript of proceedings before the Legislation Review Committee is available online here. The Society's evidence is at pages 31 to 35.Read more
"But I also understand what Frank told me so many years ago - that the reforms worth losing skin over, the ones that promote fairness and equity and go to the core of Labor values, will come under constant attack. In a sense, it is an incredibly long game - because there is no end to that contest - it goes on and on." - Bruce Hawker
On 15 May 2018 Bruce Hawker delivered the fourth Annual Frank Walker Lecture on the topic "Populists, Demagogues and Celebrities - Challenges for Progressive Campaigning in the Age of Trump". A copy of the address can now be accessed online by clicking here.Read more
On 15 March 2018 NSW Labor Lawyers hosted a CPD presented by Mark Gibian (Barrister, HB Higgins Chambers), Phil Boncardo (Barrister, Wardell Chambers) and Alison Rudman (Director of Organising, Road, Tram and Bus Union) at the Sydney Trades Hall. The topic was "Legal developments in the right to strike". Mark Gibian delivered a presentation on "Individual Penalties for Industrial Action". The paper for the presentation is available online here.
On 15 March 2018 NSW Labor Lawyers hosted a CPD presented by David Ralph, Professor of Media and Defamation Law at the University of Sydney. The topic was "The intersection of privilege, contempt and defamation in the Australian parliamentary system". Materials from the presentation are now available online.Read more
The Society recently contributed to the inquiry into the operation of the Legislation Review Act 1987 (NSW). A copy of the submission is available online here and is extracted below.
The New South Wales Society of Labor Lawyers (‘the Society’) welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Inquiry into the operation of the Legislation Review Act 1987 (NSW) (‘Legislation Review Act’).Read more
I regret to inform you that you have invited a very grumpy old woman to speak to you tonight. There is much of modern life that I resent and resist. I will spare you the list but at the very top of it is the decline and demonisation of Trade Unions. I suppose I should declare at the outset that Trade Unions were an influential part of my formative years. My father was a member of and, from time to time, the local rep for the AFULE (Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Engineers).Read more
The Frank Walker Memorial Lecture 2017: The Separation of Church and State — The Liberal Argument for Equal Rights for Gay and Lesbian Australians
In February last year, The Monthly published my essay It’s Time. The title was not simply channelling Labor’s 1972 campaign slogan.
It was rather a recognition of the fact that the time has come for marriage equality in Australia, and a reminder to those who deny marriage rights to gay and lesbian Australians that what we have in common matters more than the division and difference some wish to cultivate.Read more
Legal Tweaks 2015 was launched Monday 2 November by Edward Santow, CEO of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.
This year's edition contains a foreword by Federal Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC MP and NSW Shadow Attorney-General Paul Lynch.
Edward Santow & Sophie Farthing, Edwina Lloyd, Kirk McKenzie, Professor Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, Noni Nelson, Sandra Kaltoum, Chris Frommer, Adam Zwi, Kunal Sharma, Senthorun Raj, Stephen Blanks, Sarah Schwartz, Stephen Lawrence, Tanya Mitchell, Professor Joellen Riley, Peter McNamara, Ali Mojtahedi, Kelly Xiao, Michael Finnane QC, Hannah Ryan, Henry Cornwell, Mikah Pajaczkowska-Russell, Professor Ben Saul, Hannah Quadrio, Harry Edwards, Lewis Hamilton, Professor George Williams AO
In 2014, the NSW Society of Labor Lawyers has grown stronger in terms of numbers, profile and impact.
Our number of financial members grew by almost 25 per cent in 2014 (taking us to 237). I attribute this to a terrific program of events that enabled us to connect with a broad range of people from the profession. There is wide diversity of experience within our membership, though more work needs to be done to ensure that this experience is properly utilised. If an issue arises that you have a particular interest in, please let us know so we can get your input and involve you in our advocacy work.Read more