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Law Council of Australia


Interaction between a federal anti-corruption commission and the federal courts

"First, may I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we meet on – and pay my respects to their Elders, past and present. This year we have witnessed the extraordinary global events unfolding in our region.

We watch with fascination, and some degree of horror, as once sacred conventions and institutions are trashed before our eyes, sometimes in tweets of 140 characters or less.

But pick any decade of the last century and you will find, in many places in the world including those observing, in theory, parliamentary democracy and the separation of powers – and any number of corrupting influences..."

Speech delivered by Fiona McLeod SC, President of the Law Council of Australia at the Australian Academy of Law Conference, Sydney. Read full speech below.


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