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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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

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