From the Editor
The difficulty with ‘starting high’! We referred to our first edition as editorial team in June 2022 as a “bumper issue”. A year later and Hearsay is positively bursting at the seams. The editors threw around the term ‘exo’ when trying to describe this edition – there are more than 80 articles contained within. We refuse to believe we are without sufficient language skills that we cannot think of an apt adjective but rather consider there is no other word adequate.
Thank you to the many contributors – we would be nothing without you! – but thanks also to our readers, both members of the Queensland Bar and beyond, whose encouragement spurs us on.
This edition covers important territory.
The Honourable Michelle May AM KC allows us a peek inside professional life after retirement from the bench. I am very grateful for her frank disclosures and the assistance they will afford current serving judges and those at the bar contemplating possible judicial appointment.
There are two contributed articles regarding the Voice referendum – one for, one against – reflecting the Association’s position the matter is one for each of us. Both are thought-provoking and, I trust, will provide clarity where required.
The Australian legal profession lost a giant with the passing of the Honourable David Jackson AM KC. Peter Dunning KC who attended his Honour’s funeral in Sydney in his role as President of the Australian Bar Association, has written a fitting tribute as a ‘Featured Article’.
Women barristers will find her Honour Magistrate Cathy McLennan’s speech – her Honour previously practising as a barrister – holds a mirror to some of their own prior experiences. A few of those unforgivable experiences are yet to be relegated to the annals of history but her Honour’s speech celebrates the significant progress being made.
Lister Harrison KC entertainingly talks us through the silk-related consequences of the death of Elizabeth II. Michelle James informs us of the links between the State Library of Queensland and the legal profession. Stephen Lee provides a fascinating insight into the influence of Chancellor Kent on Australian jurisprudence. The extraordinary life of Benjamin Ferencz – who played a crucial role as counsel in the post-Nuremburg trials – is highlighted in an article by Bianca Stringer.
‘10 Minutes With…Danny Gore KC’ has this busy and popular senior silk share with us his insight into a long career of practice at the bar.
‘Regional Bar’ features an in depth look at the Toowoomba and Darling Downs bar by David Jones KC. He shares with us also the rich history of law practice on the Downs, including the true origin of ‘the Roma Jury.’
I draw your attention to the raft of current material in ‘Advocacy.’ Further, there are articles on the uncertainties of litigation by Glenn Newton KC and a hypothetical trusts scenario and a detailed analysis of the same by David Marks KC.
And if you have not done so already, such is its wide circulation, I strongly commend to you, in ‘Professional Practice and Conduct,’ the speech of Victorian Supreme Court judge, the Honourable Justice O’Meara delivered to the Victorian Bar Readers’ Dinner. In so doing, you are unlikely ever to treat lightly your mental health.
On that note – encouraging you to lift your head from the brief – ‘Reviews and the Arts’ has movie, podcast and book reviews (especial thanks to S Keim KC our literary Sub-Editor), songs, poems and beautiful music from the Australian Voice Ensemble and the inimitable Tina Turner who was, obviously, simply the best and particularly dear to any NRL devotees. We round out, in ‘Inter Alia’, with musings on language, bar/bench sport (including some terrific photos) and the antics of Mintie the dog.
I thank Dianne Lyndon of the Bar Association and Deputy Editors John Meredith and Megan Brooks for their industry in producing this enormous issue.
Please forward to us, by Friday 18 August at the latest, contributions for issue 93, due for publication in mid-September 2023.
Until next edition,
Richard Douglas KC
I do request your contributions to the deputy editors and sub-editors, or me (T: 3218 0620; M: 0417 788713; E: firstname.lastname@example.org). The deputy editors are John Meredith (T: 3218 0650; M: 0403 278 585; E: email@example.com) and Megan Brooks (T: 3333 9933; M: 0434 145 245; E: firstname.lastname@example.org). The sub-editors are Stephen Kiem S.C. (T: 3229 0381; M: 0433 846 518; E: email@example.com) who looks after the book reviews and Margaret Forrest (T: 3333 9940; M: 0422 542 706; E: firstname.lastname@example.org) who looks after podcast reviews.