find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Law on terror, hypothetically

Law on terror, hypothetically

CLAPPING AND BOOING ensued, Peter Faris and Robert Mann were at loggerheads, and Malcolm Fraser spoke about the ramifications of a terrorist attack in the United Kingdom. These were some of the…

CLAPPING AND BOOING ensued, Peter Faris and Robert Mann were at loggerheads, and Malcolm Fraser spoke about the ramifications of a terrorist attack in the United Kingdom. These were some of the outcomes of last week’s hypothetical presented by the Law Institute of Victoria’s (LIV’s) Young Lawyers Section in an effort to fill a void in public discussion.

Guided by a belief that there is too much rhetoric surrounding the war on terror, the Young Lawyers Section of the LIV set its sights on hosting a public debate so that people can discuss the “controversial topic”, said the organisation’s president Iresha Herath.

Met by Phillip Adams, ABC Radio’s Late Night Live presenter, a group of nearly 1,000 Melbournians gathered together last week at the Melbourne town hall to hear what legal professionals, journalists, politicians and others had to say about the war on terror.

But the event did not go down without a hitch, Lawyers Weekly sources said. When Peter Faris QC started equating terrorism with Islam, the audience reacted “quite strongly”. Faris was interrupted by a silent protester, who came from the audience holding what looked like a baby’s dress covered in fake blood. Someone urged her away after some persuasion, but not before Farris tried to challenge her and engage her in conversation.

The Young Lawyers Section was hoping people would be able to discuss the war on terror in a reasonable way, Herath said. So it put together a panel comprising Julian Burnside QC, Brian Walters SC, Alan Anderson, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, Rod Quantock, barrister David Forbes, Felicity Hampel SC, professor and author Robert Manne, lawyer and 3AW commentator Peter Faris QC, World Vision Australia spokesperson Dr Sekai Shand and former prime minister the Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC, CH.

“The forum showed that it’s a very emotional issue, and a very controversial one,” Herath said. “In my view it is not a black and white issue. We seem to be splitting [war on terror discussions] into for against, good and evil.”

Herath said that although the debate moved away from the hypothetical, “got quite heated”, and there were strong positions on both sides, people were allowed to express themselves.

According to LIV president Chris Dale, the evening was a “bottler”. The variety of people made things more interesting, he said, including “conservative people…iconic people… Phillip Adams as the moderator… Malcolm Fraser who, like a good wine, gets better every year… and comedian Rod Quantock, who is always great for a gag”.

“It was one of those nights,” Dale said. “Everyone has been abuzz about it across the city, and it was great to see the Melbourne Town Hall packed and, most importantly, it was great to see a difficult topic like that properly debated with proper intellectual thought.”

Like this story? Read more:

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

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Law on terror, hypothetically
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Scales of Justice
Oct 19 2017
‘Ego status’ compelled ex-lawyer to defraud $2.97m, court told
Debarred lawyer John Gordon Bradfield told an NSW District Court that he was driven by “ego status...
Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA), Queensland’s new industrial manslaughter legislation,
Oct 19 2017
ALA welcomes ‘tough’ Qld manslaughter laws
The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) has welcomed Queensland’s new industrial manslaughter legisl...
Legal podcasts, tune in, microphone
Oct 19 2017
Legal podcasts you have to tune in to right now
The rise of the internet has hailed in a new dawn for storytelling. Here’s our top pick of podcast...
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'...
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...
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 & ...