Making certain Tasmania’s legal guidelines are interpreted appropriately

Elise Archer, Attorney General

The Attorney General is the Crown’s first judicial officer and performs both political and apolitical functions.

This includes intervening in such proceedings to seek clarification from the courts on the proper interpretation of Tasmanian law by the Office of the Attorney General.

While I did not enjoy acting as the state’s first legal representative to the Supreme Court of Citta Hobart Pty Ltd & Anor v Cawthorn in Australia, these difficult decisions sometimes have to be made.

Such measures are necessary at the very least to provide clarity and ensure that our laws are properly interpreted.

As consistent with s8C (1) of the Constitution Act of 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 disabilities, their families, carers, disability providers, and the wider community to build a more equitable, inclusive, and accessible state for all Tasmanians.

We will continue to work together to increase support for the rights and well-being of people with disabilities.

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