Speeches

The Australian Bar Association represents the interests of Australian barristers. On this page you will find speeches by the current and immediate past ABA Presidents. There may also be links to other speeches of interest to the profession.

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2017 ABA Dinner for New Silks - President’s Opening Remarks Patrick O’Sullivan QC

Address by the 2016 ABA President, Patrick O'Sullivan QC, on the occasion of the 2017 ABA Dinner for New Silks at the High Court of Australia on 31 January 2017.. Read speech

Swearing-in of High Court Justice James Edelman

Ceremonial Sitting of the High Court of Australia to mark the swearing in of the Honourable James Joshua Edelman as a Justice of the High Court of Australia, 30 January 2017. Speech by Patrick O’Sullivan QC, President, Australian Bar Association . Read speech

Swearing-in of Chief Justice of the High Court

Ceremonial Sitting of the High Court of Australia to mark the swearing in of the Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC QC as the 13th Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia 30 January 2017 Speech by Patrick O’Sullivan QC, President, Australian Bar Association . Read speech

Farewell to the Honourable Robert Shenton French AC

Speech by 2016 Australian Bar Association President Patrick O'Sullivan QC at the High Court of Australia on the occasion of the retirement of the Honourable Robert Shenton French AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia.. Read speech

Aboriginal health beyond the bars – does any care enough? Challenges for the Judiciary – some solutions?

Speech by Stephen Norrish QC – a Judge of the District Court of NSW presented to the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network.. Read speech

The International Council of Advocates and Barristers World Bar Conference – Edinburgh

Speech by 2016 Australian Bar Association President Patrick O'Sullivan QC - Core Professional Values and Challenges to Independence from External Forces. The Benefits of Self-Regulation.. Read speech

State of the Judicature – Hobart, Tasmania

Address in reply by 2016 Australian Bar Association President Patrick O'Sullivan QC to speech by High Court Chief Justice, the Honourable Robert Shenton French AC on the State of the Judicature. . Read speech

ABA 2016 Dinner for Silks – President’s Opening Remarks

Speech by 2015 ABA President Fiona McLeod to welcome the 2016 Law Term.. Read speech