Following on the heels of New Zealand's restoration in November 2012 of the prestigious post-nominal letters "QC", so goes Australia beginning with Queensland then probably Victoria and perhaps others. New Zealand and now Queensland leads the way:
But Queensland's government announced last year it would end the practice and restore the rank of Queen's Counsel because the title was more distinguished and more highly regarded internationally. The government was also concerned that the initials SC might be mistaken for the Star of Courage – an Australian award for acts of bravery – or special counsel, a term used by some law firms for solicitors who are not partners.Most Canadian provinces still follow the practice, with the exception of Ontario and the federal government of Canada. I expect Prime Minister Harper will one day reverse this 1993 decision, as will Prime Minister (in waiting) Tony Abbott of Australia (fingers crossed) in the fullness of time.