Queens Counsel restored
Written by ACM   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014

In yet another blow to republicans, the title of Queen's Counsel has been restored at the Federal level by the Attorney General, George Brandis QC.

This follows the restoration of the title in Queensland and the support for this by the Victorian bar. Sen Brandis expects that Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia will follow this trend.

 "Even the New South Wales Bar Association," he said, "that bastion of Keating-era republican sentiment, as I understand established a committee to examine the question."

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 ACM has long been campaigning for the restoration of the title. According to Chris Merritt, the legal affairs editor of The Australian, (11/3) the option to existing Queensland Senior Counsel to become a QCs has "led to the near extinction of the SC title''. Only four barristers have declined the offer from the Queensland Attorney General Hon. Jarrod Bleijie.