Ensuring Tasmania’s laws are interpreted appropriately

Elise Archer,Attorney-General

The Attorney-General is the First Law Officer of the Crown and exercises both political and non-political functions.

This includes intervening in such proceedings to seek clarification from the courts on the proper interpretation of Tasmania’s laws, represented by the Office of the Solicitor General.

While I have taken no pleasure in intervening in Citta Hobart Pty Ltd & Anor v Cawthorn High Court of Australia, asFirst Law Officer of the State, sometimes these difficult decisions need to occur.

Such action is necessary to, at the very least, provide clarification to ensure our laws are interpreted appropriately.

As is consistent with s8C (1) of the Constitution Act 1924, and the rule of law, I will always exercise the powers of the Attorney-General with the highest standards of integrity.

Our Government is committed to working with people with disability, their families, carers, disability providers and the wider community, to build a more equitable, inclusive and accessible State for all Tasmanians.

We will continue working together to increase support for the rights and wellbeing of people living with disability.

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