Proctor : April 2019
by Pip Harvey Ross FEDERAL CALL TO PARTIES 2019 IT’S UNUSUAL FOR A FEDERAL ELECTION TO PLAY SUCH A LARGE ROLE IN ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO THE QUEENSLAND LEGAL PROFESSION. HOWEVER, THIS YEAR’S ELECTION IS SET TO HAVE MORE THAN ITS USUAL SHARE OF LEGAL PROFESSION INTEREST. ON THE POLICY RUNWAY FOR DECISION ARE THINGS LIKE: • The ALRC Review of the family law system and the future role of lawyers and the court in resolving family disputes, particularly highlighted should the court merger Bills pass in early April. There will be more in May Proctor to keep you on track with developments. • The expiring National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services which sets Commonwealth funding for Legal Aid Commissions and community legal centres. • Reform of the banking and financial services sector following the Hayne Royal Commission and his recommendations. • The shape of a Federal Integrity Commission to police corruption and misconduct at the Commonwealth level. • Shaping an effective and funded national plan to combat elder abuse. • Whether anti-money laundering compliance regime should be extended to lawyers, as it was in New Zealand last year. The QLS 2019 Election Call to Parties Statement brings together a number of these threads and stakes Queensland solicitors’ interest in this process. The April 2019 Federal Budget will also be a key part of progressing these issues and the pre-election theatre. We live in interesting times.