Hearsay ... the Journal of the Bar Association of Queensland
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Congratulations to the following members who were the recipients of honours in the Australia Day List:

Ralph Devlin QC – Member of the Order of Australia (AM) – for significant service to surf lifesaving, particularly as an administrator, and to the law

Dr Michael White QC – Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) – for service to maritime law, and to naval history


Dr Kenneth St Clair Levy RFD passed away on 20 January 2016, at the age of 66 years. He was called to the Bar in 1986.  Dr Levy had most recently served as Crime and Corruption Commission Acting Chairman.

The President of the Industrial Relations Court of Queensland, the Honourable David Ross Hall, passed away on 24 February 2016. He was called to the Bar in 1973. In a distinguished career, David Hall served as a Deputy President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, Chief Industrial Commissioner of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, and from 1999 to 2013, President of the Industrial Relations Court of Queensland. 

Warren Ronald Read, who was called to the Bar on 29 April 2002, passed away on 8 May 2016.  


Judge Anne Demack has been appointed as a Federal Circuit Court judge based in Rockhampton.

Ms Catherine Carew QC, was appointed as a judge of the Family Court of Australia, commencing on 7 March 2016.

Mr Craig Chowdery was appointed a Judge of the District Court of Queensland, being sworn in on 19 May 2016.

Mr David Kent QC was sworn in as a Judge of the District Court of Queensland on Thursday, 10 March 2016.

Mr Andrew Hackett, Ms Louisa Pink and Ms Kay Philipson were sworn in as Magistrates on 3 May 2016. 

Mr James Blanch, Mr David Shepherd and Ms Belinda Merrin, were also sworn is as Magistrates on 25 May 2016.


Included in this edition are some excellent papers from the very successful Bar Conference, as well as a number of other interesting items.

I trust readers will find them interesting and informative.

Adrian Duffy QC


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