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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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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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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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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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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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Budget 2014-2015

The ALRC’s 2014-15 Budget Statement can be viewed at the Attoney-General’s website:

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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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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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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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