01.03.2016

Traditional Rights and Freedoms—Encroachments by Commonwealth Laws (ALRC Report 129)

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

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19.06.2015

Justice and Freedoms in Times of Terror Panel Session

ALRC Freedoms Inquiry, Justice and Freedoms in Times of Terror Panel Session, 19 June 2015, Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President, Australian law Reform Commission[1]IntroductionThank you for the opportunity to join such an eminent panel today (with David Irvine AO, Professor George Williams AO and Graham Turnbull SC). Coming last made me wonder about contrasts—perhaps ‘specific’ to ‘general’, may be

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17.06.2010

3. Overview of Current Secrecy Laws

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03.05.2010

ALRC submission to inquiry into the provisions of the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 and Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement Bill 2010

Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, 3 May 2010The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Committee’s inquiry. The ALRC will restrict its comments to the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 (Cth), drawing on its experience from the major inquiry into sedition laws in

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11.03.2010

ALRC reforms strike a blow to the old culture of secrecy

Secrecy laws, and the prosecution of public servants for the unauthorised disclosure of Commonwealth information, can sit uneasily with the Australian Government’s commitment to open and accountable government. The final report of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s comprehensive review of Commonwealth secrecy laws, Secrecy Laws and Open Government in Australia (ALRC Report 112) was tabled

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11.03.2010

Secrecy Laws and Open Government in Australia (ALRC Report 112)

Official secrecy has a necessary and proper province in our system of government. A surfeit of secrecy does not.On 5 August 2008, the Attorney-General of Australia, the Hon Robert McClelland MP, asked the Australian Law Reform Commission to conduct an Inquiry into options for ensuring a consistent approach across government to the protection of Commonwealth

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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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18.06.2009

ALRC proposals to wind back federal secrecy laws

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) today released a Discussion Paper for its current inquiry into federal secrecy laws—Review of Secrecy Laws (DP 74, June 2009)—which makes 65 proposals for reform.The ALRC is seeking community feedback about how to balance a growing commitment to increased openness and transparency in government with the legitimate need to maintain the

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25.04.2009

Review of Secrecy Laws (DP 74)

This Discussion Paper contains a more detailed treatment of the issues raised in the Issues Paper (IP 34) and indicates the Inquiry’s thinking in the form of specific reform proposals.DP 74 is divided into 15 chapters. Proposals for reform are not spread evenly throughout. The early chapters provide mainly contextual or background material, which does not

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15.02.2009

Review of Secrecy Laws: Inquiry Snapshot

To facilitate communication about the nature and focus of this Inquiry the ALRC released an overview document, Review of Secrecy Laws—Inquiry Snapshot, in February 2009.Itis written in plain language and provides a ready access to information about the Inquiry and is available online as a virtual document.

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