Page 1626 - Week 05 - Thursday, 2 June 2022

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Health and Community Wellbeing—Standing Committee—Report 1—Annual and Financial Reports 2019-2020; Appropriation Bill 2020-2021 and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2020-2021—Update on recommendation 17—Mindmap the ACT Youth Navigation Portal—Ministerial statement, 2 June 2022

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Motion (by Ms Stephen-Smith) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

ACT Law Week

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (4.47): I wish to speak for a few moments in my capacity as shadow attorney-general. I wish to point out to everyone here something that is very obvious—that the law is of fundamental importance to the governance of any community. The rule of law is important to the very fibre and character of our territory and great nation. It even features in the ACT’s motto, “For the Queen, the Law and the People”.

As shadow attorney-general, and on behalf of the Canberra Liberals, I have attended several law-related activities over the last few weeks. Monday, 9 May ushered in Australian Law Week, a fantastic annual initiative organised by the various member associations in each jurisdiction—in our case the ACT Law Society and the ACT Bar Association, most notably.

During this week there is engagement with the approximately 2,500 solicitors in the territory and dozens of barristers, with invitations to attend various social and informative events. Along with many lawyers, on the Monday I enjoyed the ACT Golden Gavel speaking competition, listened to new Chief Justice McCallum at the ACT Bar women barristers committee breakfast on Thursday morning, and enjoyed the reflections of Ms Michelle Law at the Women Lawyers Association Law Week dinner on Thursday evening. Members will have to forgive me for skipping the six-a-side soccer tournament.

The whole week was full of informative and engaging activities—unfortunately, I was unable to attend every single one of them—which brought together lawyers and legal professionals from different firms and government departments across the ACT. Of course, events were open to members of the public in several cases.

Canberra has lots of opportunities for a career in law, and it is a great place to live and work as a lawyer or in a related profession. Top-tier law firms, government departments, family practices and community legal centres operate very successfully in the territory. Every facet of the profession is represented in our city’s legal sector,

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