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Issue 74 - Dec 2015
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from_the_ed_intro.jpgWe go to publication at a time when society faces yet another great challenge – the scourge of terrorism.

Groups and individuals with aims that are not always clear, sought to be achieved by means antithetical to values and freedoms that we mostly take for granted, threaten our safety and that of our neighbours in the world. It is often said that they threaten our very way of life.

We look to our national and world leaders to do something about this. Leadership, though, is not merely a descriptor of a group of people. It is a responsibility - the responsibility of responsible people. This is not the first time in the history of humankind that such problems have been faced. It is always, of course, difficult to judge the scale of the threat in comparison to similar threats faced in the past.

The threat is naturally and inevitably met with calls for action and the types of action that may be taken and are urged upon our leaders varies greatly, but includes calls for increased legislative strictures and greater powers of intervention by authorities charged with our protection.

One of the hallmarks of a civilised society is the way in which it will uphold the rule of law when faced with adversity. It is when faced with adversity that the greatest challenge arises; as Kipling would have it, to keep our heads when all around us are losing theirs.

Members of the Bar are not only uniquely placed to defend the rule of law. They have a responsibility to do so.

The seminal importance of upholding the rule of law is something that all members of the Bar ought keep firmly in mind as our nation and others search for solutions.


The Honourable Catherine Holmes was sworn in as Chief Justice of Queensland on 11 September 2015. Justice Holmes was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland in the Trial Division on 16 March 2000 and appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal on 26 May 2006.

Her Honour's speech on her swearing is as Chief Justice may be found here.


On 24 November 2015, Justice Philip McMurdo was appointed as a Judge of Appeal, having been a Judge of the Trial Division of the Supreme Court since 27 February 2003. His Honour had served as one of the Commercial List Judges for many years, a role now taken up by Justice John Bond.

Former barrister, Steven Middleton was appointed as a judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and will serve in the Newcastle registry with effect from 9 November 2015.


Alan MacSporran QC was appointed to Chair the Crime and Corruption Commission with effect from 1 September 2015.


Robyn Martin, the former Chief Executive of the Association, retired from that position in August 2015. Then President, Doyle QC wrote that she left the Association with his sincere thanks and appreciation for the considerable work she had done for the Association and its members.


Neil Ferguson McLauchlan QC, former member, former Master of the Supreme Court of Queensland (1988-89) and Judge of the District Court of Queensland (1989–2007), passed away on 24 August 2015.

Former member and Master of the Supreme Court, Henry Arthur Weld passed away on 18 September 2015, at the age of 80 years.

Neil Joseph (“Kelly”) Macgroarty died recently, aged 81. Kelly Macgroarty was first admitted on 17 March 1964 and practised until 2011, a long and distinguished career at the Bar.

The Honourable Tom Farquhar Shepherdson QC passed away on 27 October, at the age of 85 years. In his distinguished career, he served as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland from 1982 to 2000. He was called to the Bar in 1966 and appointed Silk in November 1980.


On a less somber note, the results of the recent Bar Council elections were:

President: Christopher Laurence Hughes QC

Vice President: Susan Elizabeth Brown QC

Council: Michael Pascal Amerena

Anthony Michael Arnold

Jacoba Brasch QC

Glen Peter Cash QC (Employed Member)

Florence Jing-Wen Chen

David Edward Francis Chesterman

Liam Matthew Dollar

Daniel Matthew Favell

Justin Andrew Greggery

Stephen Joseph Keim S.C.

Douglas Robert Murtagh Murphy QC

Mark Oliver Plunkett

Andrew Harold Sinclair

Thomas Philip Sullivan QC

Rebecca Mary Treston QC


The following counsel were recently appointed Queens Counsel:

Robert James Anderson QC

Ronald Shaw Ashton QC

Gareth David Beacham QC

Madeline Mary Brennan QC

Glen Peter Cash QC

Adrian William Duffy QC

Rowan Peter Sandford Jackson QC

Michael Andrew Jonsson QC

Dennis Raymond Lynch QC

David William Marks QC

Congratulations to all appointees, judicial and otherwise. The holiday season, for some at least, looms, as does a New Year full of new challenges. Best wishes to all from Hearsay!

Hopefully there will be something in this edition to amuse or assist along the way.

Adrian Duffy


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