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Commonwealth Law Conference – Opening Remarks

Speech delivered by Mr Luke Murphy, President, Law Council of Australia at the Commonwealth Law Conference, Melbourne, 24 February 2023.


"Thank you James.

Distinguished guests.

Can I extend my thanks to the Victorian Bar for its very generous support of today’s conference. The conference is a very positive initiative of the Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section of the Law Council. I congratulate Peter Woulfe and his Executive on the organisation of the conference and look forward to it becoming a permanent event in the Law Council’s and national profession’s calendars. Thank you also to all of you for your attendance and support of the conference and to all presenters who have given so willingly of their time to address us.

I acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the lands on which we meet today, the Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) people, and pay respect to their Elders past and present.

As James said, we as a profession have a lot on this year. We have a lot to contribute to.

2023 follows three years of what can only be described as a period of upheaval and change for our profession and our community."

Read the full speech below.

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