The speech is interesting anyway, at one point the AG says:
"The June 2009 Roy Morgan survey of the Most Ethical and Honest Professions placed lawyers 14th on a list of 30 professions, with a rather dismal 30 per cent level of public confidence. [ii]Wow! 14th out of 30 is rather dismal when it comes to "ethical and honest", isn't it? Unfortunately the Attorney General failed to point out that "newspaper journalists" came in on that poll at 28th out of 30.
Clearly, public opinion and experience is not helped in any way by the inherent inconsistencies in areas such as complaints-handling and discipline.
In February, at the request of the Commonwealth, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) extended its commitment to regulatory reform across a wide range of Australian industries to include the legal profession."
And he also didn't say that "public opinion pollsters" and "federal MPs" came in at 17th and 18th out of 30. Nurses and Teachers were up at the top, doesn't Murdoch demonise them all the time for wanting decent pay and conditions?
"Clearly, public opinion and experience is not helped in any way by the inherent inconsistencies in areas such as complaints-handling and discipline." Indeed! We really do need to hold these unethical and dishonest people to account, they should be subject to some kind of regulation.
Let the most dishonest and unethical cast judgment on those seen as more honest and ethical, that's a good idea.
Action: Have a bloody good laugh at these people, and maybe point it out to your friends.