From the President
Welcome to this 94th issue of Hearsay, the final edition of Hearsay in 2023.
Reflecting on this time of year, and the feature artwork in this edition, Jeffrey Smart’s Bus Terminus (1973), now might be the ideal time for many of us to ‘park the bus’ and enjoy a break over summer. While there is still important work to be done over the break, and tireless practitioners to do it, I hope that you all get the opportunity to take a moment to relax with family and friends, and swap the sound of the Outlook bell for the ticking of an outdoor fan overhead, a table of good food and drink, or the scratching of cricket spikes on a turf wicket.
The events of the year just gone are enough to fill even the most ludicrously capacious bag, as is this edition of Hearsay, the fourth of the year. I would like to encourage you to view the video of the Ceremonial Sitting of the High Court marking the retirement of the Honourable Susan Kiefel AC KC. The Queensland Bar also had the distinct honour of hosting the former Chief Justice at a dinner in her honour in one of her final engagements in that role. You will find copies of speeches made by the former Chief Justice and myself on that occasion in our feature article.
In this edition you will also find the usual wide variety of contributions from across the legal sphere, on law, arts and culture. My thanks, as always, to the Editorial team led by Richard Douglas KC for their ceaseless efforts in producing Hearsay, and to the ever-growing lists of authors contributing works.
I hope that you enjoy this edition of Hearsay, and that you have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. I wish you all the best for the end of 2023 and for what comes in 2024.