Choosing interns based on state may breach constitution

The article argues that based on a High Court of Australia decision regarding a barrister being refused admission to practise interstate, such priority systems may breach the Australian Constitution, which aims to promote national unity while ensuring all citizens are treated equally.

In the case cited by the authors, the High Court ruled that by disallowing the NSW-registered barrister to practise in Queensland on the basis of his residence and ongoing practice in NSW that the Bar Association of Queensland had contravened section 117 of the constitution.

Co-author Dr Fiona Lander of Melbourne’s Austin