The ACT Law Society represents, advances, and defends the interests of an independent legal profession in the ACT. We also protect the public interest in the ACT system of justice through the efficient regulation of the profession in accordance with the Legal Profession Act and the Society’s Rules for Solicitors.
Hear Bernard Collaery explain the law or lack thereof behind the raid on his Canberra office over alleged espionage revelations . . . and how the ICJ has ordered Attorney-General Brandis to cease espionage against East Timor, seal documents that ASIO took, and stop raiding Collaery’s practice over a $40 billion oil and gas dispute in the Timor Sea.
The recent ACT Court of Appeal decision on the 2003 bushfires litigation brought together the leading Australian caselaw on the negligence liability of government authorities from the last 20 years. This is a rapidly evolving area of tort law, and the lengthy reasoning of the court illustrates the fundamental issues in working out from first principles whether a government authority owes a duty of care to those who are affected by its actions.
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