Media Releases

The Australian Bar Association issues regular media releases on behalf of the profession. Below you will find the latest news, statements and media releases issued by the ABA.

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Innovative Solutions to Access to Justice Crisis Needed

The Australian Bar Association (ABA) supports the work of the Law Council of Australia’s (LCA) national Justice Project which today moved into a consultation phase. Read more

Australian Bar Association President: “Legal assistance funding requires rethink to ensure sustainability”

The President of the Australian Bar Association, Will Alstergren QC, has highlighted the need for a complete rethink of legal assistance budgets to ensure its sustainability to provide equal and fair access of legal advice and assistance to all.. Read more

Senior members of Australian, UK and Irish Bars and Judiciary converge in London and Dublin for the 2017 Australian Bar Association Conference.

Australian Barristers, senior members of the UK, Australian and Irish governments and the judiciary will converge in London and Dublin this week to share collective knowledge and prepare for future challenges to global legal systems including issues of nat. Read more

Statement from the President of the Australian Bar Association, Will Alstergren QC.

Response to media reports on the 13th  June 2017 critical of the judiciary.. Read more

ABA welcomes Federal Government funding injection into legal assistance sector

The Australian Bar Association has today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement to commit an additional $55.7 million over the next three years to the community legal assistance sector in the upcoming 2017-18 Budget.. Read more

Statement from ABA President Will Alstergren QC: Response to article in The Australian newspaper on 24 March 2017, ‘Affirmative action creates obstructions on the level playing field’.

“The views expressed by Mr Jeffrey Phillips SC in The Australian newspaper on 24 March 2017, do not reflect the view of the Australian Bar Association.. Read more

ABA’s Advocacy Training Council Indigenous Scholarship Winner

The Australian Bar Association has announced Lincoln Crowley, a barrister from the Queensland Bar, as the 2017 recipient of the Advocacy Training Council’s Indigenous scholarship program.. Read more

Statement from the Australian Bar Association – Terms of Reference finalised for ALRC Inquiry into incarceration rate of Indigenous Australians

Australian Bar Association has welcomed the appointment of Judge Matthew Meyers AM of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia as Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry into the incarceration rate of Indigenous Australians.. Read more

Letter to the editor of the Daily Telegraph from the Australian Bar Association

The Daily Telegraph should be embarrassed of yesterday’s article by Janet Fife-Yeomans (“Judge slams ‘racist sentiment’ and says law will uphold fairness” Feb 2 2017) which unfairly and incorrectly criticises the State’s most senior judicial officer, the H. Read more

ABA thanks 2016 President Patrick O’Sullivan QC and welcomes in the 2017 law term with a new President and CEO

The Australian Bar Association has welcomed in the 2017 law term with the announcement of the association’s new President, Will Alstergren QC and new CEO, Cindy Penrose.. Read more