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13.12.2018

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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02.10.2018

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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29.06.2018

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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30.11.2017

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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27.09.2017

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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24.02.2016

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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15.10.2015

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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24.08.2015

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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01.07.2015

SPRC Social Policy Debate: Supported Decision Making

When:11 Aug 2015, 4:30pm – 6.30pmVenue:SMC Conference & Function Centre, 66 Goulburn St, SydneyWho:Social Policy Research CentreThis house believes that with sufficient support, people with disability should never be required to have a substitute decision makerThe United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities challenges the current legal assumption that sometimes supported decision

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11.12.2014

Launch of final report, ‘Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws’

The ALRC formally launched its final report for the Disability Inquiry, Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws (ALRC 124) on Thursday 11 December 2014, in Sydney.The launch was attended by Evan Lewis, on behalf of Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield; the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP; the Hon Jenny Macklin MP, members of the Inquiry’s Advisory Committee, and

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