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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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06.10.2014

ALRC President wins legal accolades

Professor Rosalind Croucher, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission, received two awards this week recognising her outstanding contribution to the legal profession and to shaping law and policy in Australia—The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2014, and the Gordon and Jackson Australian Women Lawyers Award (AWL Award).Professor Croucher

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15.09.2014

Freedoms Inquiry Wiki – Catalogue of Australian Commonwealth laws that limit or encroach upon traditional rights, freedoms and privileges

For its Freedoms Inquiry, the ALRC is creating a catalogue of Australian Commonwealth laws that limit or encroach upon—whether justifiably or not—traditional rights, freedoms and privileges. We invite you to contribute to the catalogue using our online wiki.InstructionsTo contribute, please add relevant laws to the tables we have created. There is a separate page for

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13.05.2014

Budget 2014-2015

The ALRC’s 2014-15 Budget Statement can be viewed at the Attoney-General’s website: www.ag.gov.au/budget15

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12.12.2013

New Australian Law Reform Inquiry to Focus on Freedoms

The Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, has asked the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to review Commonwealth legislation to identify provisions that unreasonably encroach upon traditional rights, freedoms and privileges. See Attorney-General’s Media Release >> Proposed Terms of Reference Review of Commonwealth laws for consistency with traditional rights, freedoms and privileges I, Senator the

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02.07.2012

Celebrating NAIDOC week 2012

They dared to challenge – this year’s theme celebrates the champions who lived to renew the spirit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in 1972. Forty years ago, the embassy became a powerful symbol of unity. Its founders instilled pride, advanced equality and educated the country

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24.11.2011

Vale Robert Alexander Hayes (1942-2011)

Dr Robert Alexander Hayes, previously a full-time Commissioner of the ALRC and Associate Professor of Law at UNSW and UWS, has died in Sydney after a long illness.Dr. Hayes was a fellow of the Australian Institute of Forensic Sciences, former president of the Mental Health Appeals Tribunal and founder of the UNSW Faculty of Law.Dr.

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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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