Media Releases

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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Greg Tolhurst

Chief Executive Officer

The ABA issues regular news updates to its members. You can view recent ABA Member Newsletters here.

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Claim of Corrupt Family Court Judges

The Australian Bar Association (ABA) joins with the Law Council of Australia in rejecting the claim reported by Fairfax Media on 12 and 13 January 2021 that ‘the Family Court of Australia has many corruption issues’ including ‘corrupt’ judges..Read more

ABA congratulates the Australian Bar’s new senior counsel

President of the Australian Bar Association Matt Howard SC said, “The Australian Bar Association congratulates these 73 individuals on their appointment as senior counsel. Their appointment is an acknowledgement of their skill, independence, integrity ....Read more

ABA announces New Executive Team

The Australian Bar Association has announced the election of a new executive team for 2020-2021. .Read more

ABA Welcomes the Hon Justice Jacqueline Gleeson and the Hon Justice Simon Steward to the High Court of Australia

The Australian Bar Association welcomes the announcement today by the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, and the Attorney General, the Hon Christian Porter MP, of the appointment of the Honourable Justice Jacqueline Gleeson and the Honourable Justi.Read more

The Victorian Bar and Australian Bar Association raise concerns about the COVID-19 Omnibus Bill 2020

Concerns about the criteria for appointment and power of “authorised officers” under the Bill have been raised by the Victorian Bar with the Attorney-General, supported by the Australian Bar Association.Read more

ABA Joins The Law Council of Australia in expressing the need for caution in adopting the recommendations of the ALRC’s report ‘Corporate Criminal Responsibility’

The Australian Bar Association joins with the Law Council of Australia in expressing caution in adopting the recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Report on Corporate Criminal responsibility..Read more

Australian Bar Association joins expression of disappointment at Commonwealth’s Justice Targets

The Australian Bar Association (ABA) joins with national and state legal organisations to express its disappointment at the low justice targets set by the Commonwealth for the reduction in incarceration of First Nations people..Read more

Statement by the President, Matt Howard SC

The Australian Bar Association notes with concern the statement made today by the Chief Justice of the High Court the Hon Susan Kiefel AC regarding the findings of an independent investigation into claims of sexual harassment by former Justice of the High .Read more

ABA marks 3rd anniversary of Uluru statement from the heart

Three years ago today, First Nations delegates to the 2017 National Constitutional Convention at Uluru in the Northern Territory concluded four days of discussion by issuing a historic statement to the people of Australia. .Read more

Parliamentary inquiry fails Australians at risk of family violence

The Australian Bar Association (ABA) expresses its disappointment at the decision by a Senate Committee investigating domestic violence to report three months ahead of schedule without conducting a single hearing, receiving one submission or consulting wit.Read more