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Family Law- Summary of Tell Us Your Story Responses

As part of the Family Law Inquiry, the ALRC established the Tell Us Your Story project — an online submission portal where individuals were encouraged to anonymously share personal stories of their experiences with the family law system. The attached note provides aggregated data regarding the number and nature of individual stories that included complaints against

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ALRC Recommendations on Parenting

The ALRC has released a summary of its recommendations on parenting. The summary is available here

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New Part-time Commissioners for Family Law Inquiry

The ALRC is pleased to announce the appointment of two new part-time Commissioners to the Family Law Inquiry from December 12, 2018. The Honourable Michelle May AM QC and the Honourable Cheryl Edwardes AM GAICD join Commissioner and ALRC President the Honourable Justice Sarah Derrington and part-time commissioners, the Honourable John Faulks (former Deputy Chief

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Media Release – Review of the Family Law System Discussion Paper released

 The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) today released a Discussion Paper, Review of the Family Law System (DP 86), and is calling for comments and feedback on its proposals for reform.The Terms of Reference for this Inquiry ask the ALRC to consider reform in relation to range of issues including the early and cost effective

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Part-time Commissioner appointed

On 29 June 2018, The Hon Christian Porter MP, Attorney-General for Australia, announced the appointment of Dr Andrew Bickerdike as a Part-time Commissioner to the ALRC Review of the Family Law System. See Attorney-General’s media release>> 

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President of the ALRC appointed

On 30 November 2017, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, Attorney-General of Australia, announced the appointment of Professor Sarah Derrington as President of the ALRC.Professor Derrington has been appointed for a five-year term.See Attorney-General’s media release >>

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Review of the Family Law System – Terms of Reference and Commissioner

On 27 September 2017, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, Attorney-General of Australia, provided Terms of Reference to the ALRC for a review of the family law system.Additionally, the Attorney has announced the appointment of Professor Helen Rhoades as full-time Commissioner to lead the Review.The ALRC looks forward to welcoming Professor Rhoades and beginning work on this

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New Inquiry announced – Elder abuse

The Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC has announced a new Inquiry for the ALRC on Protecting the Rights of Older Australians from Abuse.The Attorney described elder abuse as ‘a symptom of attitudes which fail to respect and recognise the rights of older Australians to make decisions, to live self‑determined lives, to live with

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ALRC President, Professor Rosalind Croucher AM reappointed

Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, has been reappointed as ALRC President for a further 3 year term.See Attorney-General’s media release >>

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National Freedoms Symposia

The ALRC is holding a national series of discussions around the ALRC Freedoms Inquiry, to be held in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne.The events are free to attend, but space is limited and reservations are essential.We will update this page with more information about individual events as it becomes available.BrisbaneIn partnership with TC Beirne School of

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