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National profession legislation released

National profession legislation released

The draft legislation for the development of the national legal profession was released today (9 September) by Attorney-General Robert McClelland.The long-awaited release of the legislation…

The draft legislation for the development of the national legal profession was released today (9 September) by Attorney-General Robert McClelland.

The long-awaited release of the legislation follows talks on Tuesday night between the Attorney-General and his counterparts from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Northern Territory.

"These discussions were very productive with some jurisdictions being in a position to commit to the scheme and points for clarification identified for others," said McClelland.

"There are some final decisions we need to make to reach agreement, relating to transitional costs and selection of a host jurisdiction. We have committed to resolving these outstanding matters before 1 October so legislation can then be presented in the host jurisdiction's Parliament as soon as possible."

The legislation has been released in the wake of crumbling support for the national legal profession reforms after the smaller states of Tasmania and the ACT joined Western Australia and South Australia in their opposition to the proposals.

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