From the President
I am pleased to present this 91st edition of Hearsay, and write to you in the weeks following another successful Annual Conference, held on 3 and 4 March 2023 at the W Hotel in Brisbane. The conference was a fantastic weekend, attended by more than 250 delegates, and a great opportunity for the judiciary, members of State and Federal Government and experienced members of counsel to give their perspective on the legal profession and matters of interest to the Bar.
While the Association continues to attract preeminent speakers to the Annual Conference, it is a particular point of pride that the Association is able to call on leaders of the profession from within its own membership to deliver excellent presentations. I am grateful to all who presented at the Annual Conference, and to the organising members of the Annual Bar Conference Committee.
Patrick Keane AC KC’s keynote speech from the Annual Conference recapping his 50 years in law is reproduced in this edition, as well as a number of photographs of the event. You will also hear from the Rockhampton Bar, and the unique aspects of practice that come from Central Queensland amongst the other fascinating articles.
I am thankful to the Editor, Richard Douglas KC, and his deputy editors for assembling a varied and accomplished list of authors in this edition.
Please enjoy reading this edition of Hearsay.