find the latest legal job
Banking Associate - 1-6PQE - Allen & Overy
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: United Kingdom
· Banking Associate - 1-6 PQE - Allen & Overy
View details
Academic Dean and Head of School of the TC Beirne School of Law
Category: Other | Location: Brisbane QLD 4000
· An outstanding opportunity · Provide educational, research and organisational leadership
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: Arncliffe NSW 2205
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: Sydney NSW 2000
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
QLS applauds 'anti-bikie' law reform efforts

QLS applauds 'anti-bikie' law reform efforts

Queensland

The Queensland Law Society has welcomed the release of a report in response to the state's controversial 'anti-bikie' laws and the announcement of extra police funding to help fight organised crime, but flagged the need for more legal funding.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Alan Wilson has compiled a report, Taskforce on Organised Crime Legislation, which was commissioned by the Labor-led Palaszczuk Queensland government when it took office.

It has been released in response to criticism by the legal profession of the Liberal National Party Newman government’s controversial Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act (2003).

“We know there’s been a great deal of public debate and discussion, particularly during the taskforce’s review of the VLAD laws, much of which was based on pure speculation,” QLS deputy president Christine Smyth said.

“We have been concerned that positions have been adopted without the benefits of the text of the report.”

The society has announced that it is going to undertake a detailed analysis of the report, which is expected to consider changes to 17 separate pieces of legislation.

QLS has also applauded the state government’s $20 million commitment to fight organised crime as part of the proposed 'anti-bikie' law reforms.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also announced on Monday a further $12.1 million in additional resources would be provided to the Office of the DPP and $5.3 million to establish an independent crime statistics body to collect data and monitor organised crime activities.

However, Ms Smyth said the increased funding to the DPP would result in a greater workload for the courts, as well as place stress on Legal Aid Queensland.

“This is an obvious opportunity for the state government to set out clearly what its intentions are to supply greater levels of funding to legal aid," she said.

“Even without the likelihood of more people being charged, the courts are already stretched to breaking point, as is legal aid."

Like this story? Read more:

Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

QLS applauds 'anti-bikie' law reform efforts
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
06:05
Legal body disappointed with DPP emails leaked to tabloid
The NSW Bar Association has expressed “profound disappointment” over leaked emails from the NSW ...
Gavel, legal book, criminal lawyers
Jan 19 2018
Three criminal lawyers named NSW magistrates
The NSW Attorney-General has announced the appointment of three new local court magistrates. ...
Warning
Jan 18 2018
Lawyer highlights ‘unintended consequences’ on SSM estate planning
A succession lawyer has warned that the right for same-sex couples to legally marry could have a sub...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...