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Three strikes then prison plan slammed as extreme

A proposed Queensland LNP policy plan to automatically sentence youth offenders to prison after a third offence and set up hard-labour farms for young offenders has been slammed as extreme and unworkable.

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Diversity and inclusion

We’ve come so far – but it’s clear that more needs to be done to build a genuinely diverse and inclusive profession

The language of ability

I am not totally blind, I am legally blind. There is a difference.
The definitive classification is having a visual acuity of 6/60.

Unconscious bias

Much time, energy and attention have been directed at diversity and inclusion initiatives in the legal profession in recent years.

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COVID-19's legacy for justice

As we adjust back to ‘normal’, we ask: What is the new normal and is COVID-19 leaving a legacy that will improve the legal landscape for good?

Creating your new normal

Just like that our world changed. And while we weren’t ready for it, we do need to be ready for the new normal by refining and adapting our practice and procedures. Here are some perspectives, guidance and information to assist you.

On parole

Granting of parole – or early release – is a controversial topic that always generates heated debate. Is early release of prisoners back into the community just a revolving door of justice or is the purpose of parole misunderstood?

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Perspectives

What does the NRL have to do with the work of Queensland Law Society policy committees?
Shane Budden

In business

The Legal Services Award 2020 (the award) regulates the employment relationship for those employees falling within the coverage and classifications of the award.
Rob Stevenson

In practice

Wellbeing

Relationships are important, especially in the legal profession. Do you feel “guilty” for not networking enough, or under pressure to do more of it? Before you get more business cards printed to distribute at the next networking event, let’s have a closer look at the difference between networking and connecting with people.
Rebecca Niebler
Much time, energy and attention have been directed at diversity and inclusion initiatives in the legal profession in recent years.
Teagan Lewis
Feedback is an essential career development tool which allows you to learn and grow in your role, both professionally and personally. Unfortunately, not everyone gets it.
Rebecca Niebler

Outside the law

Since the start of all this madness, weird things have been happening to grocery items – toilet paper trading higher than oil on the stock market, anti-bacterial wipes being hoarded like bullion – but the weirdest thing to me has been the disappearance of Oat Brits.
Shane Budden
When I first started studying law, I had no understanding of legal concepts or how the industry worked. I’m now one of only a few barristers in Queensland who speak fluent Mandarin. I’m glad my language skills have been able to assist Mandarin-speaking litigants and the solicitors acting for them.
Lexi Kehl
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