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On the Couch
19 March, 2010  
Glenn Ferguson

Steeped in the politics of the legal profession Glenn Ferguson has got to the top of the greasy pole … He’s sunny, fearless, optimistic, has no regrets and thinks Australia is great just the way it is … What more could you want in a President of the Law Council of Australia?

imageGlenn Ferguson started out as a copper in New South Wales, became a barrister and practised in Townsville and is now a Maroochydore solicitor.

He’s been president of just about every outfit that matters – the Queensland Law Society, Lawasia, the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union, the Immigration Lawyers Association of Australasia and now the Law Council of Australia.

The top jobs just kept coming his way: chairman of the Queensland College of Law, founding fellow of the Australia Academy of Law and director of the Queensland Law Foundation.

Justinian managed to lure him onto the couch to probe deeper and try and find out what makes Glenn tick.

Describe yourself in three words.
Determined, loyal, fun.

What are you currently reading?
Shantaram by Gregory Roberts.

What’s your favourite film?
Braveheart and Remember the Titans. I love films where the human spirit triumphs.

Who has been the most influential person in your life?
My Father. He is a caring and gentle man who never complains about anything.

What occupation would you like to have, if you weren’t a lawyer?
A pilot.

What is your favourite piece of music?
I really don’t have a favourite. I love all types of music – from classic to modern rock and pop. But, I do have a passion for Australian bands.

What is your most recognised talent?
If you ask me I would say leadership and inclusiveness, but others would be better judges.

What is your greatest fear?
Nothing, I am an eternal optimist.

What words or phrases do you overuse?
Attention to detail” and “Sorry I’m busy”.

What is your greatest regret?
Nothing. I have had a great life to date and look forward to the future.

Whom do you envy and why?
No one person in particular. I envy those people through history who have achieved great feats against all the odds. Mandela and Gandhi spring to mind.

What is your most disturbing personal obsession?
I think I often expect too much from other people.

What’s your most glamorous feature?
You will have to ask my wife that one. On second thoughts maybe you shouldn’t!

If you were a foodstuff, what would you be?
Wine. I think it brings joy to so many people around the world.

What human quality do you most distrust?

What would you change about Australia?
Nothing. I love it, but I do think we all need to appreciate and acknowledge every day what a magnificent place we imagelive in.

Whom or what do you consider overrated?
Money and our obsession with it in modern life. Often the simplest things in life give us the most pleasure and they are free.

How would you like to die?
With my family and friends around celebrating my life.

What would your epitaph say?
Here lies Glenn, a loyal and loving husband, father and friend who enjoyed every moment he was on this planet.

What comes into your mind when you shut your eyes and think of the word “law”?
The incredible work done by those lawyers, who never seek or receive recognition, they do what they do because it is the right thing to do.