29th Presidents of Law Associations of Asia (POLA) Conference: Remarks on Equity and Diversity
Speech delivered by Morry Bailes, President, Law Council of Australia at the POLA Conference, Canberra, 3 August 2018.
"As I prepared for these remarks on this most important topic to our profession, I reflected on some fundamental principles:
- Full equity and diversity means that we have representative numbers of people working in the law that reflect our communities’ diverse views and experiences - women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from other ethnically diverse backgrounds, people from rural, regional and remote areas, people with disability, LGBTI+ people, for example.
- To achieve this, our law associations, our legal practices and our law schools must take a leadership role to drive change, because as a matter of law nowhere is it more essential to demonstrate these principles than in the legal profession.
- If we are to properly represent the rights of all our fellow citizens, then the makeup of our profession must reflect the diversity of our societies."
You can read the full speech below.