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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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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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