Published on 2 March 2016.

Tabled 2 March 2016.

The ALRC was asked to identify and critically examine Commonwealth laws that encroach upon traditional rights, freedoms and privileges recognised by the common law. In this Report, the ALRC discusses the source and rationale of many important rights and freedoms and provides an extensive survey of current Commonwealth laws that limit them. The ALRC also discusses how laws that limit traditional rights and freedoms might be critically tested and justified and whether some of these laws merit further scrutiny.

This publication is available for purchase in book format.

Summary Report is also available.