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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ABA welcomes consultation process for ALRC examination into Indigenous incarceration

The Australian Bar Association welcomes the Federal Government’s consultation on the draft terms of reference for the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry into the incarceration rates of Indigenous Australians. Read more

High Court of Australia Appointments

The Australian Bar Association warmly welcomes the announcement of the appointment of Justice Susan Kiefel as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia.. Read more


The President of the Australian Bar Association (ABA), Patrick O’Sullivan QC, has applauded the Commonwealth Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, on today’s announcement of a national Law Reform Commission examination into Indigenous incarc. Read more

Australian Bar Association adopts LCA Equitable Briefing Policy and considers practical measures to implementation.

The President of the Australian Bar Association, Patrick O’Sullivan QC, has today confirmed the ABA’s commitment to promoting excellence, diversity and inclusion at the Bar by adopting the Law Council of Australia’s Equitable Briefing Policy. Read more

Australian Bar Association responds to alarming BOCSAR statistics that shows 40% of Indigenous defendants on remand do not go on to receive custodial sentences.

The Australian Bar Association has responded to today’s release of the latest BOCSAR statistics on NSW Indigenous crime and imprisonment, calling on governments to take a closer look at bail and community-based orders and their impact on the increasing... Read more

Australian Bar Association welcomes new legislation addressing fine default imprisonment in Western Australia

The Australian Bar Association has today welcomed the Western Australian government’s new legislation aimed at reducing the rate of Indigenous incarceration for non-payment of fines.. Read more

ABA considers alternative funding options to Australia’s legal assistance crisis.

The Australian Bar Association says that in addition to continuing to press Federal and State Governments to appropriately fund legal assistance for those in need, it is considering new and alternative sources of funding for the sector.. Read more

Australia’s most prestigious legal conference promises to inspire, stimulate and innovate while tackling the greatest legal challenges in the country.

The Australian Bar Association in conjunction with the Victorian Bar is hosting the National Legal Conference in Melbourne on 27-28 October 2016. . Read more

Bombing attack on grieving lawyers in Quetta, Pakistan: Statement from ABA President Patrick O’Sullivan QC

“The Australian Bar Association is shocked and saddened by news of a targeted bombing attack on grieving lawyers and mourners in Quetta, Pakistan, following the murder of the former President of the Baluchistan Bar Association”. Read more

Royal Commission into youth detention in the NT: Statement from ABA President Patrick O’Sullivan QC

The Australian Bar Association welcomes today’s appointment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda and The Hon Margaret White AO as joint Commissioners for the Royal Commission into the child protection and youth de. Read more