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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AUSTRALIAN BAR ASSOCIATION WELCOMES NEW PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT

The Australian Bar Association (ABA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Noel Hutley SC as the new President of the ABA. Read more

PROPOSED COUNTER-TERRORISM LAWS OVER-REACH IN RELATION TO CHILDREN

The Australian Bar Association (ABA) urges the Federal government to reconsider proposed changes to counter-terrorism laws which would allow for children as young as 10 years of age to be detained for up to 14 days without charge. Read more

ABA WELCOMES APPOINTMENT OF NEW CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE FAMILY COURT AND NEW CHIEF JUDGE OF THE FEDERAL CIRCUIT COURT OF AUSTRALIA

The Australian Bar Association (ABA) welcomes the announcement today (10 October 2017) of the appointment of the new Chief Justice of the Family Court and the new Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court and a Justice of the Family Court. Read more

Spam Email Alert

The ABA has become aware of spam email where emails are being sent to barristers purporting to be from the ABA and containing an invoice for overdue payment.. Read more

The ABA Refutes Claims by Immigration Minister Regarding Pro Bono Legal Assistance For Asylum Seekers

The claims by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton that lawyers who provide pro bono legal assistance to asylum seekers are ‘un-Australian’ are unfortunate and incorrect, according to the Australian Bar Association (ABA). Read more

ABA Welcomes Appointment of new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria

The Australian Bar Association (ABA) welcomes the announcement today [8 August 2017] of the appointment of the Honourable Justice Anne Ferguson as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Read more

Innovative Solutions to Access to Justice Crisis Needed

The Australian Bar Association (ABA) supports the work of the Law Council of Australia’s (LCA) national Justice Project which today moved into a consultation phase. Read more

Australian Bar Association President: “Legal assistance funding requires rethink to ensure sustainability”

The President of the Australian Bar Association, Will Alstergren QC, has highlighted the need for a complete rethink of legal assistance budgets to ensure its sustainability to provide equal and fair access of legal advice and assistance to all.. Read more

Senior members of Australian, UK and Irish Bars and Judiciary converge in London and Dublin for the 2017 Australian Bar Association Conference.

Australian Barristers, senior members of the UK, Australian and Irish governments and the judiciary will converge in London and Dublin this week to share collective knowledge and prepare for future challenges to global legal systems including issues of nat. Read more

Statement from the President of the Australian Bar Association, Will Alstergren QC.

Response to media reports on the 13th  June 2017 critical of the judiciary.. Read more