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In Africa it is said that justice is open to all – and so is the Intercontinental Hotel. The hard reality is that most Africans do not know their legal rights and lack the means to obtain advice and representation. For example, in Uganda 90% of lawyers live in the capital Kampala, whilst 95% of the populace cannot afford to retain a private lawyer. Justice then becomes a luxury of the wealthy few. Hard won doctrines taken for granted by Australian lawyers such as the rule of law and judicial independence are still to be fought for. Injustice in the justice system is often the norm.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8 and 9)

In partnership with lawyers in the developing world CLEAR, Christian Lawyers for Justice, aims to provide human rights education and offer legal assistance to those suffering injustice… Want to be involved? PrayDoGoGive.

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The next of our featured ACLC speakers is Murray Baird Assistant Commissioner General Counsel of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission. His topic is ‘Separation of church and state – are Christian charities any business of government?’

Murray is responsible for Legal, Policy, Guidance, Compliance, Reporting and Red Tape reduction at the ACNC. He has taken a particular interest in the shaping of the regulatory approach of the ACNC, it’s engagement with its regulatory community and the boundaries of the meaning of charity. He was the convenor of the 6th International Conference of Charity Regulators in Melbourne in 2014 and gave evidence on Australian approaches to charity regulation to the UK House of Commons review of the Role of the Charity Commission and “public benefit” in 2012.

Prior to the ACNC Murray was Senior Partner of Moores Legal in Melbourne and was involved in several leading cases on the meaning of charity.

Murray has been Chairman of Ansvar Insurance, National Housing Company, First Samuel and has served on the Boards of churches, schools, and other charities.

For more information on the Australasian Christian Legal Convention 2016 go to www.clear.org.au
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It is now only two weeks until the Australasian Christian Legal Convention is held in Brisbane! Don’t miss your chance to join with lawyers from across the globe to hear from national and world leaders speaking across the five streams of being a Christian Lawyer, Religious Freedom, Peace Making, Slavery/Trafficking/Refugees and Not-for-Profit Law. To register go to www.clear.org.au. ... See MoreSee Less

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The next of our featured ACLC speakers is Shadow Commonwealth Minister for Immigration, Shayne Neumann, who will speak on the topic: ‘Politics and faith: reconciliation, refugees and racial discrimination’.

Shayne completed his education at the University of Queensland with a Law Degree and an Arts Degree majoring in government and economics.

He was a Partner at Neumann and Turnour Lawyers before being elected to the Federal seat of Blair in November 2007. He was then re-elected in 2010 and again in September 2013 and July 2016.

After the 2013 Federal election, Shayne was appointed Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs and for Ageing.

Shayne has served on various committee’s concerned with constitutional and indigenous issues. These include: the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 2008 – 2010; the Committee for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from 2010-2013; the Joint Select Committee on the Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 2013 to 2015; and the Committee for Indigenous Affairs from 2013 to the present.

The Australasian Christian Legal Convention will be held in Brisbane from 29 September to 01 October 2016. Go to www.clear.org.au for more info.
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Are you, or do you know, a Christian law student? Only a week to go to submit your 250 word monologue on how a Christian lawyer can change the world. The two successful entrants will recieve sponsored tickets to the Australasian Christian Legal Convention to be held 29 September to 01 October. Get your imagination caps on! Details on how to enter below:

CLEAR is running a competition for university and high school Christian law students, the winners of which will receive sponsored tickets to the 2016 Australasian Christian Legal Convention. Students must submit 250 words answering the question ‘How can a Christian lawyer change the world?’ The top two entrants will receive a fully sponsored attendance fee (worth $327.00 each) and will receive a recognition award at the Gala Dinner held during the Convention. If you know a Christian law student who may be interested, please let them know.

Details on how to Enter
Competition entrants should submit their 250 word entry along with their name and postal address to info@clear.org.au by 15 September 2016. The competition is open to Christian students enrolled in a law degree or legal studies elective at high school. Entrants will need to affirm their eligibility against these criteria with their application.

Please note the competition award includes the full attendance costs (including function on Thursday night, the Gala Dinner on Friday, Lunch, Morning and Afternoon Tea as per program, attendance at all sessions, all official documentation including the Program). It does not include travel and accommodation costs.)
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It’s only four weeks until the first Australasian Christian Legal Convention for fourteen years kicks off in Brisbane!

The ACLC is a major event that will bring together Christian lawyers, law students, academics, persons involved in the administration of justice and those with a concern for justice in our community from all over Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The theme of the Conference is ‘Redeeming the Law for the Kingdom of God’ and will be held in Brisbane from Thursday 29th September to Saturday 1st October 2016.

The following streams will be offered:
1.Being a Christian Lawyer
2.Religious Freedom
3.Peace Making
4.Slavery/Trafficking/Refugees
5.Not-for-Profit Law.

Speakers and Patrons
We are pleased to announce that our speaker profile continues to grow with a distinguished line up of local, national and international judges, politicians, practitioners and policy-makers from across the legal spectrum:
• Queensland Shadow Attorney General, Ian Walker on ‘The Christian Parliamentary Representative – how much “Christian” and how much “Representative”?’
• Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Assistant Commissioner & General Counsel, Murray Baird on ‘Separation of church and state – are Christian charities any business of government?’
• Commonwealth Shadow Minister for Immigration (formerly Indigenous Affairs and Ageing), Shayne Neumann on ‘Constitutional Recognition for Indigenous Australians’
• Garth Blake SC, Fr Brian Lucas and Anne Robinson on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse
• Queensland Supreme Court Justice Debra Mullins, Professor Nicholas Aroney, Professor Rex Ahdar, Professor Augusto Zimmerman and Associate Professor Neil Foster on Religious Freedoms
• Mike Schutt Director of the United States Christian Legal Society (CLS) Law School Ministries and of the Institute for Christian Legal Studies
• Misha Coleman of the Australian Churches Refugee task Force on ‘the Church as a sanctuary for asylum seekers – political stunt or practical solution?’
• Crown Counsel (Advisings) to the Victorian Attorney-General, Mark Sneddon on ‘Balancing conflicting human rights and interests’
• Justice Richard Chesterman on being a Christian in the law
• CLEAR International Australia Chairperson Mark Fowler on Do Christians Believe in Human Rights?
• Jude Simeon of Barnabas Fund and Rev Dr Cannon David Claydon on ‘Bureaucratic and Religious hurdles in helping the persecuted in ISIS countries’
• Gavin Shume of Open Doors on a ‘A Radical Response to Fear’
• Former Queensland Parliamentary Speaker, Fiona Simpson MP
• Peter Abetz Member of Western Australian Legislative Assembly, Wendy Francis of the Australian Christian Lobby and Amber Hawkes of International Justice Mission on human trafficking and prostitution
• Bruce Burgess, Steve Frost and Matt Hunt from Peacewise on Christian conflict resolution
• Dr Matthew Turnour and Elizabeth Shalders on not for profit and charity law
• The Honourable Justice and Director of Public Prosecutions of Uganda, Mike Chibita, Ruth Ross, Latcho Popov, Gregory Vijayendran, Brent McBurney, Teresa Conradie, John and Laurie Stewart, Joanna Pidgeon, Dr Peter Gegenwart, Min Choon Lee, Leigh Warnick, Ken Starr and Patrick Talbot on Being a Christian Lawyer
• Martin Howard of Prison Fellowship
• Carolyn de Vries on The Emergence of the Non Profit Law Firm Model as a Ministry Platform for Christian Lawyers

We are also privileged to have Queensland Supreme Court Justice Debra Mullins, South Australian Supreme Court Justice David Bleby and Federal Court Judge John Gilmour as the Convention’s Patrons.
To find out more about these speakers (and read their biographies) please visit our web page.

You can register online at our website (see the graphic). Students, concessions and 1-5 year admitted lawyers receive discounted rates. Lawyers should consider whether attendance may contribute towards satisfaction of their Compulsory Professional Development requirements in their local jurisdictions.

For those travelling interstate bookings through the Conference Administrator will enable you to access discounted accommodation at the Mercure Hotel the heart of Brisbane, our conference venue.

Christian Law Students' Competition
Are you, or do you know, a Christian law student?
CLEAR is running a competition for university and high school Christian law students, the winners of which will receive sponsored tickets to the 2016 Australasian Christian Legal Convention. Students must submit 250 words answering the question ‘How can a Christian lawyer change the world?’ The top two entrants will receive a fully sponsored attendance fee (worth $327.00 each) and will receive a recognition award at the Gala Dinner held during the Convention. If you know a Christian law student who may be interested, please forward this email to them.

Details on how to Enter
Competition entrants should submit their 250 word entry along with their name and postal address to info@clear.org.au by 15 September 2016. The competition is open to Christian students enrolled in a law degree or legal studies elective at high school. Entrants will need to affirm their eligibility against these criteria with their application.

Please note the competition award includes the full attendance costs (including function on Thursday night, the Gala Dinner on Friday, Lunch, Morning and Afternoon Tea as per program, attendance at all sessions, all official documentation including the Program). It does not include travel and accommodation costs.)

Get your imagination caps on!

We hope to see you there.

ACLC Conference Team
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