ANTI-TERROR LAWS AND DANGEROUS
ACTIVITIES DISCUSSED AT UPCOMING
NATIONAL ALA CONFERENCE
Monday, 17 October, 2011
About 170 lawyers and academics are flying from all over Australia to Hamilton Island
this weekend for a three-day conference examining such diverse topics as Australia’s
anti-terror laws; national security legislation and judicial review; the National Disability
Insurance Scheme; disappearing witnesses; dangerous recreational activities; and
The conference, which runs from Thursday, October 20 to Saturday, October 22 at the
Hamilton Island Convention Centre, is a peak legal event offering the opportunity for
lawyers and academics from all over Australia, to exchange expert knowledge in a
range of fields from personal injury law to international government policy and
Conference host, Lawyers for the people, Australian Lawyers Alliance, is an active
membership-based organisation that lobbies to improve access to justice in Australia.
Recently the ALA has publicly criticised federal government hypocrisy in showing
concern for a Newcastle teenager caught buying drugs in Bali, but little or no interest in
unaccompanied children held in Australian detention centres.
It has also called for drugs to be treated as a health, rather than a criminal justice, issue,
citing the Newcastle teenager as a prime example of how the war on drugs is failing,
globally; campaigned against any form of mandatory sentencing; and opposed an
increase in police powers to pat down unaccompanied minors for alcohol.
It has also been very vocal in the past fortnight on motor accident insurance super-
profits averaging 24 per cent at a time when 90 per cent of personal injury victims are
receiving nothing for pain and suffering.
Speakers at this year’s annual conference include: Justice Peter Applegarth, who will
discuss the rise of documents and the disappearance of witnesses; constitutional
lawyer, George Williams, who will speak on Australia’s anti-terror laws; lawyers Rod
Hodgson and Simon Morrison, who will unravel details of the National Disability
Insurance Scheme and the National Injury Insurance Scheme; and lawyer Elizabeth
O’Shea, who will talk about judicial review and national security legislation.
Darryl Rangiah SC, will discuss jurisdictional issues and choice of law in compensation
statutes and common law claims; and barrister, Ian Freckelton SC, will talk about the
national regulation of health professionals.
For more details contact: Australian Lawyers Alliance, public affairs manager,
Mandy Wyer on 0418 270 656.
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