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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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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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Keeping an open mind in your career crucially important

College of Law Media Release, 17 October 2011, republished with permission. Professor Croucher offers advice at the College of Law Academic Awards Ceremony, SydneyProfessor Rosalind Croucher, President of Australian Law Reform Commission, yesterday delivered a compelling and motivational formal address at The College of Law’s 2011 Academic Awards Ceremony in Sydney, offering sensible advice to

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Classification Review: ALRC seeks volunteers for focus groups

The ALRC is conducting a review of the classification system in Australia. As part of this review, the ALRC will hold community focus groups to test the kind of content that may be permissible in higher level classification categories (MA15+ and above, including the Refused Classification category). This is a pilot project that will test

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Senate Inquiry into the ALRC – Government’s Response now available

On 23 November 2010 the Senate referred an inquiry into the Australian Law Reform Commission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee.

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Professor Terry Flew interviewed by SBS Radio

On Saturday 4 June, SBS Radio aired an interview with Professor Terry Flew for its Generation X, Y & Us youth segment, which is part of its Filipino program. The interview was part of a two-part radio package on gaming classification in Australia. Listen to the interview>> The link to the audio is on the

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