While David Flint is right that there has been a concerted effort to remove the Australian crown from the constitutional system, I do not agree that there should be QCs or KCs.
A barrister is just another occupation. It is no more important than any number of other jobs in Australia – in fact, there is some evidence that the growth rate of an economy is inversely proportional to the per capita number of lawyers.
But I strongly believe that the State has no business in recognising a small group of workers with a title such as Queen’s Counsel. Why shouldn’t there be Queen’s Bricklayer (QB) or Queen’s Accountant (QA), or Queen’s Surgeon (QS)?
If lawyers want to join clubs – such as the Bar – that’s for them. And if that club wants to given recognition to a subset of its members that’s fine too. But please leave the State out of the equation.
Isn’t it interesting how the so-called republicans are so keen on getting a knighthood or a QC?