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President’s Welcome


It is with great pleasure that the Bar Association brings to you this edition of Hearsay. We hope you enjoy the variety of content in this edition. The time since the last edition of Hearsay has seen changes in editorial responsibility for publication. Thanks must go to Adrian Duffy QC who, as Editor for many years ... read more

Bar Dinner 2019

Bar Dinner 2018
Issue 84: September 2019
Bar Dinner 2019 Bar Dinner 2019Over 300 members of the Bar and Judiciary descended on Cloudland in the Valley on 26 July 2019 for the Annual Queensland Bar Dinner. With a new venue and a record number in attendance, expectations ...Read More >>
The State of Youth Justice in QueenslandJune 2019 “I'm expressing with my full capabilities, and now I'm living in correctional facilities” Express Yourself, NWA, 1988 Happy children don’t do crime. They aren’t ...Read More >> The State of Youth Justice in Queensland
In This Issue
Bar Team to Return to Lecture in PNGIn September 2019 the Bar Association of Queensland will send another volunteer delegation to teach at the Legal Training Institute of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby. The team will teach at the 7th ...Read More >>
New Barristers Ceremony August 2019On Monday 5 August 2019 Carl Heaton QC, as the Bar Council representative of the Bar Association of Queensland, announced the new barristers to the Honourable Catherine Holmes, Chief Justice of the Su...Read More >>
Honouring 50 Years at the BarAt the 2019 Bar Dinner, the Association was proud to offer tributes to four of its members who have held their practicing certificates for over 50 year. Following are the toasts made by the four junio...Read More >>
ABA Convergence Conference Update Several members of the Queensland Bar recently attended the Australian Bar Association’s international conference in Singapore on 11 and 12 July. The program consisted of both plenary sessions...Read More >>
Inaugural Indigenous Law Student ProgramThe inaugural Indigenous Law Student Program commenced on 8 April 2019 with the successful student, Ms Charlotte Batterham, attending the first component of a three tiered internship scheme. The Progr...Read More >>
Lloyd Clive McDermottA.K.A. Mullenjaiwakka 6 April 2019 saw the passing of Australia’s first Indigenous barrister, Lloyd Clive McDermott, also known as Mullenjaiwakka. John Fraser wrote this tribute to Mullenjaiwak...Read More >>
CLI Seminar: Propensity Evidence ReformThe following paper was delivered by Professor David Hamer of the University of Sydney at the Current Legal Issues Seminar Series, Criminal Law – “Current issues in Propensity Evidence&rdq...Read More >>
CLI Seminar: Propensity Evidence Reform CommentaryThe following commentary was delivered by Benedict Power, Barrister-at-Law, in response to the paper delivered by Professor David Hamer of the University of Sydney. Professor Hamer presented at the Cu...Read More >>
Note on R v Dewey [2019] QCA 161View Propensity Evidence Reform paper View the Commentary of Benedict Power By coincidence, the day after the Current Legal Issues Seminar on propensity evidence the Court of Appeal handed down R ...Read More >>
Case Note: Masson v State of Queensland[2019] QCA 80 (10 May 2019) Fraser and McMurdo JJA and Boddice J The plaintiff appellant suffered a severe asthma attack at a friend’s house in 2002. An ambulance was called which arrived a ...Read More >>
Mullenjaiwakka Trust EventThe 2019 Mullenjaiwakka Trust Fundraising Event provided a fitting opportunity to acknowledge the passing of Lloyd McDermott, known as Mullenjaiwakka, amongst our Queensland legal community. Held on 2...Read More >>
CardozoMany excellent articles and presentations have been written or given touching upon Donoghue v Stevenson [1932] AC 562. The attention so given is entirely appropriate. The decision, especially Lord Atk...Read More >>
BarCare and Resilience at the BarRecently, we were fortunate to have psychologist, Hanne Paust, speak to members about resilience at the Bar. The seminar focussed on what resilience means in the context of being a barrister and how w...Read More >>
Bar Practice Course 72The 72nd Bar Practice Course was held at the Bar Association of Queensland from 25 March – 2 April 2019. The course was attended by 16 Queensland practitioners and the Association is delighted t...Read More >>
Overturning terra nullius: the story of native titleSCLQ exhibition Supreme Court Library Queensland's exhibition, 'Overturning terra nullius: the story of native title’ is now open in Sir Harry Gibbs Legal Heritage Centre, ground floor, QEII Co...Read More >>
Speech to Silks Dinner 12 December 2018 I wanted to start by dealing with the elephant in the room: it’s been said that, as a group, and as individuals, the new silks aren’t very diverse. Can I say - we resemb...Read More >>
Trek 18 - East TimorBetween 16 July 2018 and 21 July 2018 a group of 12 keen adventurers (and their East Timorese companions) hiked some of the mountainous regions of the eastern parts of East Timor. This tour, organised...Read More >>
2018 CIArb, PerthIn 2018, the Australia, East Asia and Singapore branches of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration hosted the practice and procedure component of its Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration at...Read More >>
Speeches and Legal Articles of InterestThe following is a selection of links to articles, papers and other items which may be of interest to readers. Ceremonies The President, Rebecca Treston QC, Welcome Ceremony for His Honour J...Read More >>
Book Review: A Primer on Legal ReasoningAuthor: Michael Evan Gold Publisher: Cornell University Press 2018 Reviewer: Dr. Louise Floyd Ever tried explaining to a young law student how to spot an issue in a problem scenario? Or h...Read More >>
Book Review: A Life of Crime Author: Harry Ognall Publisher: William Collins Reviewer: DW Marks QC Sir Harry was born in 1934 in Lancashire. He read law at Lincoln College, Oxford, starting in 1953. After study abroad an...Read More >>
High Court of Australia Judgment Summary NotesThe following summary notes of recent decisions of the High Court of Australia provide a brief overview of each case. For more detailed information, please consult the Reasons for Judgment which may b...Read More >>
Supreme Court of Queensland Judgment Summary NotesThe following summary notes of recent decisions of the Supreme Court of Queensland provide a brief overview of each case. For more detailed information, please consult the Reasons for Judgment which m...Read More >>
From the Courts - Practice DirectionsDistrict Court of Queensland Practice Direction No 1 of 2019 - Change of Address for Service Practice Direction No 4 of 2019 - Change of Name Bugden Legal Practice Direction No 5 of 2019...Read More >>
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