MCLA Breakfast

Wednesday 4 March 2020

For centuries, the common law and equity have protected the vulnerable from the consequences of having been pressured to act in an involuntary way.

The Doctor Assisted Suicide regime in Victoria (termed Voluntary Assisted Dying) is replete with aspirational statements intended to engender belief in the community that the rights and interests of the vulnerable remain sacrosanct and protected. That was a major selling point of the legislation when it was introduced.

Closer analysis of these “protections” reveals that the Act offers mostly theoretical, but not practical, protection to the vulnerable and the needy. Rights without remedies are only cosmetic. It is no accident that proponents of the legislation resisted every reasonable attempt by those concerned with its inadequacies to introduce practical protections.

The social justice considerations and the social obligations of lawyers to enhance, and not dilute, protections for particular groups of persons in the community is critical. To this end we hope you can join us for this important discussion.

About our Speaker

Paul Santamaria QC has practised at the Victorian Bar since 1983, where he took silk in 2002.

He has practised primarily in general commercial and equity law, but also in diverse areas of professional negligence, major torts, property and environmental law.

His non-professional appointments include 8 years as Chair of the National Archives of Australia Advisory Council, and membership of the Victorian Bar Council. He is a member of Eastern Palliative Care, including having previously served on its Committee of Management and chaired its Ethics Committee.

Here are the details of the breakfast:

Wednesday, 4 March 2020


The Essoign Club
Owen Dixon Chambers
Level 1, 205 William Street

$35 includes a hot breakfast
$10 for law students

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