Butler MLA John Quigley joins Walk for Justice

Law Access chairman Adam Ebell, WA Industrial Relations Commission acting president Jennifer Smith, Curtin Student Law Society president Zemyna Kuliukas, Attorney John Quigley, law student Whitney Corfield and Catherine Berbatis of MinterEllison.
The Walk for Justice ambassadors.
Law Access chairman Adam Ebell, WA Industrial Relations Commission acting president Jennifer Smith, Curtin Student Law Society president Zemyna Kuliukas, Attorney John Quigley, law student Whitney Corfield and Catherine Berbatis of MinterEllison. The Walk for Justice ambassadors.

ATTORNEY-General and Butler MLA John Quigley joined the Walk for Justice in Perth this month.

Mr Quigley said he joined the May 16 walk to raise funds for Law Access, which helps vulnerable people get legal representation.

“It was an honour to meet with Adam Ebell, chairman of Law Access and the top individual, university and law firm fundraisers,” he said.

The MP thanked legal professionals who made pro bono contributions to the “crucial service”.

The same day, Mr Quigley, Premier Mark McGowan and Police Minister Michelle Roberts introduced a Bill to State Parliament that would allow life sentences for people convicted of methamphetamine trafficking.

The Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Methamphetamine Offences) Bill 2017 could see the maximum sentence for meth trafficking increased from 25 years to life imprisonment.

On May 17, Mr McGowan and Mr Quigley introduced “no body, no parole” legislation changes, which could mean murderers who do not disclose the location of their victim’s remains to authorities would no longer be eligible for parole.

At a recent Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting, Mr Quigley said the Attorney-General portfolio he took on after the State Election was “busy” and he was working on law reform to address several issues.

Mr Quigley said while that meant he may not attend every residents meeting, his electorate officer Lisa Wallis would represent him and his priority would still be to address the needs of the community.

“People here elected me to be the member for Butler; Mark made me Attorney General,” he said.

“I’ve got to work hard to ensure that we deliver infrastructure for this corridor.”

Coinciding with National Pro Bono Day, the Walk for Justice event raised almost $28,000.

Donations can still be made at https://www.mycause.com.au/events/lawaccesswalkforjustice .

WA Industrial Relations Commission acting president Jennifer Smith was the top individual fundraiser, while law firm MinterEllison won the top team fundraising category.

Whitney Corfield from Curtin University was the top student fundraiser and Curtin’s Student Law Society was the top university team.