Accountability Round Table appoints Fiona McLeod SC new Chair

The Accountability Round Table is delighted to announce that eminent barrister Fiona McLeod SC has been appointed its new Chair 

She replaces Tim Smith, a former Supreme Court judge and foundation President of ART, which he co-founded in 2006.

“I am honoured to accept the office and to advance ART’s valuable work in scrutinising government accountability and integrity,” Ms McLeod said.

“Important steps are being taken in open government, but there is still much work to do to set up a federal anti-corruption body and ensure donations to political parties are transparent and not able to buy influence, to name just two pressing issues.”

The Accountability Round Table is a non-partisan group of citizens with diverse backgrounds (academics, lawyers, politicians, journalists, authors) who are concerned with the current erosion of honesty and integrity in our democracy.  It is dedicated to improving standards of accountability, probity, transparency and democratic practice in all governments and parliaments in Australia.

Media release here

Justice Project Progress Report launch at the National Press Club

Speaking at the National Press Club today to launch the Justice Project Progress Report, Law Council immediate past President Fiona McLeod SC said:

“The Justice Project is one of the most significant pieces of the work The Law Council has ever undertaken, a landmark project to review the state of access to justice in Australia, particularly for disadvantaged people, and gather the evidence to make the case for reform.

This is a project that transcends party politics - it is about supporting our most vulnerable and lifting them out of disadvantage. Our visits leave a nagging certainty that we are pushing difficult social problems to the legal fringes, towards good hearted individuals in the legal assistance sector who are struggling to provide the service they want and their clients need - and who are destined for burn-out and despair. It’s absolutely clear that a systemic lack of access to justice contributes enormously to cycles of intergenerational trauma and disadvantage within communities. Let us learn from the findings of the Justice Project concerning what is working and what is not”

The Final Report of this ambitious project will be available mid 2018

National Press Club Speeches available here

Watch on i’view available here

Progress Report is available here

LCA President announces ambitious Justice Project

Conceived and overseen by President Fiona McLeod SC, the Law Council is conducting a comprehensive national review into the impediments to justice in Australia, focusing on those facing significant social and economic disadvantage in our community. This work will culminate in a final report at the end of November 2017.

Details of this important project including the Terms of Reference and Steering Committee membership are available on the Law Council website

 

Appointment as President of the Law Council of Australia

Fiona McLeod SC has been appointed President and will lead the Law Council of Australia in 2017.

Ms McLeod SC served as president-elect of the Law Council in 2016 and is a former president of the Australian Bar Association and the Victorian Bar.

Having gone to the Bar in 1991 and taken silk in 2003, Ms McLeod SC specialises in public law, commercial and common law.

She has received numerous awards and been recognised for her commitment to human rights and equality. She was appointed to the Victorian Honour roll in recognition of her work on behalf of gender equality and human trafficking.

When she takes on the presidency in 2017, she will be the fourth woman, and the first woman barrister, to hold the role in the organisation's 84-year history - .

Media report here

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