23.11.2011

Government response to the ALRC’s 2004 report – Genes and Ingenuity: Gene Patenting and Human Health

On 17 December 2002 the then Australian Government Attorney-General, the Hon Daryl Williams MP, asked the Australian Law Reform Commission to inquire into and report on the laws and practices governing intellectual property rights over genetic materials and related technologies, with a particular focus on human health issues. The Final Report, Genes and Ingenuity: Gene

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28.09.2011

Australian Privacy Law & Practice – Key Recommendations for Health Information Privacy Reform

Speech by Professor Rosalind Croucher* at the Managing Patient Confidentiality & Information Governance Forum, 22 August 2011, Melbourne.1.  IntroductionTo help focus my presentation today I thought it would be useful to reflect on an ‘information timeline’ to provide a backdrop for a consideration of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s work on privacy.Information timeline1982    Freedom of

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14.07.2010

ALRC submission to the inquiry into the past and present practices of donor conception in Australia

Ms Julie DennettCommittee SecretarySenate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs 14 July 2010 Dear Ms Dennett, Inquiry into the past and present practices of donor conception in Australia The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Senate Standing Committee’s inquiry into donor conception practices in Australia, referring to prior

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09.01.2010

ALRC in the media – 2011

The ALRC monitors the media for references to the Commission and its inquiries.The list below only includes online free-to-view items. Some newspapers and journals restrict online viewing of articles to subscribers. Such articles will not be listed here. Tepid response to e-security review  | The Australian – 22 December 2011 Convergence Review calls for new

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25.09.2009

Reform journal

The Australian Law Reform Commission published the first issue of Reform in January 1976, and then twice a year until 2010. The journal’s aim was to raise public awareness of contemporary legal issues and provides a forum for high-quality debate on issues of law reform in an easy-to-read format.Articles contributed by leading Australian and overseas

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14.08.2009

Government gives giant ‘tick’ to ALRC privacy recommendations

The Australian Law Reform Commission has welcomed today’s announcement by the federal Government that it will implement a large portion of the recommendations of the ALRC’s review of Australian privacy laws.The first stage of the Australian Government’s formal response to For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice (ALRC 108) considers 197 of the 295

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18.03.2009

Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Inquiry into Gene Patents

18 March 2009: ALRC submission to Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Inquiry into Gene Patents.The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) makes the following submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs inquiry into gene patents. In making this submission, the ALRC draws on its experience from its major inquiry into the intellectual property

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12.08.2008

For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice (ALRC Report 108)

ALRC Report 108 (tabled August 2008) represents the culmination of a 28-month inquiry into the extent to which the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and related laws continue to provide an effective framework for the protection of privacy in Australia.This Inquiry resulted in a three-volume report, containing 74 chapters and 295 recommendations for reform.The central theme

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11.08.2008

Media Briefing – Protecting Health Information in the Digital Age

11 August 2008 Electronic health records In recent years, there have been increasing pressures, particularly from government, to move from paper to electronic health records. The ALRC’s Privacy Inquiry coincided with a number of major initiatives to develop electronic medical records—including the proposed national Shared Electronic Health Records system, in which a summary of personal

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07.08.2008

DNA testing online: marketing hype or medical breakthrough?

Public meeting: DNA shampoo? Diet and exercise regimes tailored to your own genetic makeup? Cosmetics blended to address your particular ‘wrinkle genes’? A DNA test to determine which sport best suits your child? DNA tests available on the internet to calculate your genetic risk for breast cancer, diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease? This is no longer

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