ANZCN Biennial Conference in 2018: Announced

The Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries has informed its members that the 2018 Biennial Conference will be held in Osaka, Japan. The advance notice indicates that the Conference will most likely be held in the first week of October, however final dates are yet to be settled. The last Conference was held in New Zealand in 2016 and provided an invaluable opportunity for local and international notaries to network and exchange ideas about the future of the profession as well as provide a venue for members’ professional development. It is hoped that the next Conference will be well attended and that Australian notaries will have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the notarial profession in Japan.

ANZCN Biennial Conference 2016: Announced

The Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries has announced that its 2016 Biennial Conference will be hosted in Queenstown, New Zealand, between 6 and 8 October 2016. Attendees at the Conference will be able to claim the full 10 credit units for the mandatory continuing legal education requirements for legal practitioners. Further details will be forthcoming in January 2016. For more information, interested parties should contact the ANZCN directly.

Upholding the Australian Constitution, Vol 25: Finally Released

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The 25th volume of Upholding the Australian Constitution has just been released to members of the Samuel Griffith Society. This volume, which records the proceedings of the 25th conference held in Sydney, New South Wales, in 2013, has been significantly delayed by the Society. Regrettably, members have not been informed the reasons for the delay, however an accompanying note apologizes for the delay and assures members of the Society that volumes 26 and 27 will be mailed “soon.” The papers which were presented at the 2013 conference include:

  • Greg Craven, “A Federalist Agenda for the Government’s White Paper”
  • Anne Twomey, “Money Power and Pork-Barreling: Expenditure of Public Money Without Parliamentary Authorisation”
  • Keith Kendall, “Comparative Federal Income Tax”
  • J. B. Paul, “Independents and Minor Parties in the Commonwealth Parliament”
  • Ian McAllister, “Reforming the Senate Electoral System”
  • Malcolm Mackerras, “Electing the Australian Senate: In Defence of the Present System”
  • Gim del Villar, “The Kable Case”
  • Nicholas Carter, “The Human Rights Commission: a Failed Experiment”
  • Damien Freeman, “Meagher, Mabo and Patrick White’s tea-cosey – 20 Years On”
  • Dean Smith, “Double Celebration: The Referendum that did not Proceed”
  • Bridget MacKenzie, “Rigging the Referendum: How the Rudd Government Slanted the Playing Field for Constitutional Change – The Abuse of the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act
  • The Hon. Garry Johns, “Recognition: History, Yes. Culture, No”

The volume of UAC was also delivered to members of the Society with a short pamphlet concerning the possible future reforms of the Commonwealth Constitution. The pamphlet, which was published by the Institute of Public Affairs, outlines the case for the removal of section 25 and section 51(xxvi) of the Constitution and the case against the following additional proposals:

  • The addition into the Constitution of a preamble or section which states that Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people were the first occupants of Australia.
  • The addition into the Constitution of a section allowing the Commonwealth government to make laws that only apply to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.
  • The addition into the Constitution a new section prohibiting “discrimination” by a Commonwealth, state or territory government on the basis of an individual’s race or ethnic origin.
  • The enshrining by Constitutional provision of an advisory body of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.
  • The reservation of seats in the Commonwealth Parliament for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander representatives.
  • A treaty recognising the soverignty of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.

Our colleagues overseas often ask us about the vicissitudes of Australian law reform, particularly where the highest laws intersect with contemporary political controversy. The papers presented at the Samuel Griffith Society provide the best analytical record of legislative and constitutional history. For more information about the Society and its official record of proceedings, Upholding the Australian Constitution, readers are encouraged to contact the Society directly.

Notice: Society of Notaries of NSW, “Twilight Seminar”

The Society of Notaries of New South Wales will be hosting a “Twilight Seminar” on Tuesday 17 November 2015 for solicitors practicing as notaries in this jurisdiction. There will be three topics covered, and presentations will be made by professionals and specialists in their given field. These will include:

Justin Betar who will focus on a refresher on the execution of documents (including the execution of documents by companies) and the importance of preparing a proper Notarial certificate. He will also cover what the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has highlighted as improper certificates, Notaries using rubber “stamps” as Notarial certificates, particularly regarding education documents. Mr. Bedar is a Notary Public and Lawyer practicing in Sydney CBD. He is the Secretary of The Society of Notaries of New South Wales Inc., and has a particular interest about Notary education. Mr. Bedar was appointed as the Honorary Counsel for the Republic of Ghana in September 2013.

His Honour, Justice Steven Rares will delve into the world the importance of Notaries in international arbitrations and the Admiralty jurisdiction and provide some tips in identifying forged documents. Justice Rares is a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia and is the National co-convening judge and the New South Wales registry convening judge for the Admiralty and Maritime Practice Area.

Alistair Marshal will provide useful and simple ideas on improving the overall performance of the law firm by implementing simple, achievable and cost effective solutions to common problems and issues. Mr. Marshal is a business development expert in Sydney and works with small and large law firms as well as other professionals to increase referrals, new instructions and enhance profit.

Attendance at this seminar will entitle the practitioner to claim 2.5 units of the annual mandatory continuing legal education requirement. For more information about this seminar series, readers are encouraged to contact the Society of Notaries of New South Wales directly.

ANZCN 2014 Conference: Honolulu Hawaii

ANZCN 2014 ConferenceThe Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries has given notice of its 2014 Conference, which is to be hosted at the Kahala Hotel and Resort, Honolulu, Hawaii on 23 to 25 October 2014 under the title of “Working with the Americas.” Some notable presentations that will be of interest to Australian notaries public include:

  • Daniel-Sedor Senghor, “A new relationship between civil law and common law notaries” (scheduled for Friday 24 October at 9:30 to 9:50) [this presentation is made from the perspective of the civil law tradition; see the presentation of Ken Sherk the following day at 9:30 to 9:45 for the common law perspective]
  • William Fritzlen, “Authenticating US notarial acts, and dealings with the State and Territory notary administration” (scheduled for Friday 24 October at 10:25 to 11:00)
  • Mia Harbitz, “Civil registration – a  neglected dimension of international development” (scheduled for Friday 24 October at 12:00 to 12:30)
  • Joseph Lukaitis, “Who are you with whom I am dealing?” (scheduled for Friday 24 October at 12:30 to 13:00)
  • Prof. Heather MacNeil, “The evolution of written records and trusting records in a post-modern world” (scheduled for Friday 24 October at 12:00 to 14:00)
  • Tim Reiniger, “Electronic notarisation in the USA” (scheduled for Friday 24 October at 14:30 to 15:00)
  • Ron Usher, “Electronic record keeping” (scheduled for Friday 24 October at 15:00 to 15:30)
  • Ken Sherk, “A new relationship between civil law and common law notaries” (scheduled for Saturday 25 October at 9:30 to 9:50) [this presentation is made from the perspective of the common law tradition; see the presentation of Daniel-Sedor Senghor the previous day at 9:30 to 9:50 for the civil law perspective]
  • Prof. Jeffrey Talpis, “Cross border circulation of notarial acts and other aspects of conflicts of law” (scheduled for Saturday 25 October at 10:15 to 10:45)
  • The Hon. J. D. Rooke, “Organised pseudo legals, including the regrettable involvement of notaries in their documentation” (scheduled for Saturday 25 October at 11:30 to 12:00)

This is not an exhaustive list of the scheduled presentations; the selection has been made only in light of what the Australian notary may find illuminating and informative. Other guest speakers and presenters at the conference will include Dr. Christopher Bernasconi, Wane Baird, Michael Bula, Prof. Kathryn Burns, William Fitzlern, Assoc. Prof. Maria Marta Herrera, Sue Marshall, Milt Valera and Prof. Peter Zablud. The College should be contacted directly for more information as to how local notaries in New South Wales may reserve a ticket for the Conference.