Unlike who came first - the chicken or the egg – lawyers came first and laws followed – lots of laws.
Via the Australian
IMAGINE reality were inverted and economists outnumbered lawyers 10 to one. Alas this nirvana of rationality, trade, freedom and prosperity is increasingly unlikely, as long as student and vocational interest in economics continues to wane, and the law maintains its bizarre, insidious appeal.
In the nine years from June 1999, the number of people employed in the legal services industry in Australia ballooned more than 25 per cent to 99,000.
The number of practising solicitors in NSW, about 40 per cent of the total legal market, surged 51 per cent over the same period to 22,105.
Does anyone seriously think that their rights (forget responsibilities) are better understood or protected now than they were then?
Australia is home to more than 60,000 practising solicitors, and only 12 per cent of those are working on criminal matters. The rest are occupied with swaths of federal and state legislation that stifle commerce and clog the arteries of business, to everyone's great, ultimate cost.
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