Legal Tweaks 2013

Forward by Mark Dreyfus QC

We on the progressive side of politics do not accept the conservative view that catastrophe is the only legitimate impetus to social change. Rather, we hold that society is improved through a constant process of reform.

The reform of the law is an important part of this wider process of societal improvement, and I welcome the contribution of the NSW Society of Labor Lawyers to promoting law reform through this year’s edition of Legal Tweaks.

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Legal Tweaks 2012

Forward by The Hon. Nicola Roxon MP

The legal practitioners profiled in this booklet are not all members of the Labor Party, or of the NSW Society of Labor Lawyers. But they share the Society’s desire to see sound, progressive law reform. This publication is a way for us to share their insights on how the law can be changed – ‘tweaked’’ – simply and effectively, for the benefit of the wider community.

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Society launched by Commonwealth Attorney-General

On Thursday night, Commonwealth Attorney-General Nicola Roxon MP officially launched the NSW Society of Labor Lawyers.

The launch, hosted by Slater & Gordon, was attended by over 100 guests, including current and former members of NSW parliament, members of the profession and law students.

The Attorney-General spoke of the affinity between the ideals of the legal profession and of the labour movement. She observed that both are committed to a fair and equitable society, and that Labor governments have delivered some of the most important legal reforms that Australians value: the Family Law Act, the Racial Discrimination Act, the Native Title Act, and more.

Hugh McDermott, President of the Society, outlined the purpose of re-forming a society for Labor lawyers, the work that has been done to re-establish the Society, and what the plans are for the future.Ms Roxon outlined her policy agenda, and noted the role that organizations such as the NSW Society of Labor Lawyers can play in assisting the Commonwealth Government to deliver progressive legal reform.

Hanna Quadrio, Vice President of the Society, offered a vote of thanks to Ms Roxon, and outlined the Society’s plan to put together a publication, 100 Legal Tweaks for Australia, and encouraged...

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