Message from the President

Duncan McConnel

Duncan McConnel  LCAPres

24 July 2015

Citizenship Law

When the government proposes legislative measures to remove citizenship from Australians, it requires the Parliament to wrestle with some fundamental legal principles on which our democracy is founded.

The Federal Government has introduced three new provisions, which would strip dual nationals or citizens who engage in terrorist activity of their Australian citizenship. These provisions would be automatically triggered when a person either engages in prescribed terrorist-related conduct, serves or fights for a declared terrorist organisation, or if they are convicted of a specified terrorism offence as prescribed in the Criminal Code.

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30 September 2015:  Legal profession concerned over Australian lawyers banned from PNG
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25 September 2015:  Legal profession congratulates Australia's first Indigenous silk
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23 September 2015:  Register now and save on the International Arbitration Conference
Early-bird registration rates for the 3rd International Arbitration Conference, part of Sydney Arbitration Week, are closing soon. Register before September 30 2015 to receive your reduced Conference fees.