Proctor : May 2017
13 PROCTOR | May 2017 and industry, as well as aspects which deviated from fundamental principles of legislative drafting. QLS was invited to appear before the parliamentary committee at the public hearing on the SSRC Bill where it highlighted its concerns including amendments to the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, warned of the unreliability caused by retrospective legislation, and advised of the potential negative impact investment opportunities in Queensland by giving the Coordinator-General overly broad powers to state conditions. Several aspects of the submission and discussion at the public hearing were later quoted in the parliamentary committee’s report. The committee was also given the opportunity to comment on Land Court draft practice directions, in collaboration with the QLS Litigation Rules and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committees. The Society noted its support of a proposed practice direction that provided guidelines for the use of concurrent evidence as a step in the right direction for the efficient and cost-effective conduct of proceedings. The Society did, however, recommend that the court reconsider the parameters of the proposal for members to act as mediators. The Society was pleased that its feedback and suggestions were then taken into account when the final practice directions were made. The committee provided the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee with a detailed submission on the Native Title (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017. The committee endorsed the Federal Government’s swift attention to addressing the issues raised by the Federal Court’s decision in McGlade v Native Title Registrar  FCAFC 10. The committee is also reviewing the overlapping tenure framework with a view to reform. The number of submissions the committee has made in the last few months is a reflection of its members’ wholehearted dedication to contributing to the profession and engaging with the industry. QLS commends retiring committee chair Martin Klapper and deputy chair Gavin Scott, who have worked tirelessly in representing their fellow practitioners, and given countless hours of, and expertise in, their ongoing commitment to advocating for good law. QLS welcomes James Plumb and James Minchinton as recently appointed chair and deputy chair. We look forward to the committee continuing its valuable work under their leadership. Advocacy Hair drug testing from $220 • Results within 1 to 2 weeks Australian Workplace Drug Testing Services 1300 DRUG TEST or 1300 37 84 83 • email@example.com • www.awdts.com.au HAIR DRUG & EtG TESTING IN MEDICO-LEGAL MATTERS Drug & Alcohol Testing for Courts • Assessment • Consultancy Services Hair Drug Testing • Accredited & Other Training in Alcohol & Drug Testing Courses & Programs • Expert Witness & Written Opinion Service Article prepared by QLS policy solicitor Vanessa Krulin and paralegal Hayley Grossberg.