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Media Statement 18 August 2021

Consultation with the public is an important part of the law reform process conducted by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). The ALRC encourages the public to engage with it and values the contributions it receives from the public and relevant stakeholders. The ALRC is also committed to ensuring that it provides access to the

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Judicial Impartiality Consultation Paper Released

Today the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) released a Consultation Paper for the review of Judicial Impartiality, and is calling for submissions on its questions and reform proposals. In Australia, judicial independence and impartiality are seen as fundamental to the common law system of adversarial trial, to the exercise of judicial power under the Australian

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Commissioner appointed to ALRC Financial Services Legislation Inquiry

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) welcomes the appointment by Commonwealth Attorney-General, the Hon Christian Porter MP, of the Hon Justice Craig Colvin as a part-time Commissioner for the review of the legislative framework for corporations and financial services regulation.

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Unnecessary complexity in Australia’s financial services laws

The complexity and prescriptiveness of Australian financial services laws makes it harder for businesses to meaningfully comply with the law, affecting businesses and consumers.

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Corporate Criminal Responsibility Inquiry – Final Report Released

The Australian Law Reform Commission report, Corporate Criminal Responsibility (Report 136, 2020), was tabled in Parliament today.

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Report Launch – The Future of Law Reform

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) is today releasing a report suggesting an ambitious agenda for law reform over the next five years. The report will be launched by the current ALRC President, the Hon Justice Sarah Derrington, and the inaugural ALRC Chairman, Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, in the Commonwealth Law Courts Building in

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ALRC Corporate Crime – Discussion Paper

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) today released a Discussion Paper, Corporate Criminal Responsibility (DP 87). Building on the work of the Hayne Royal Commission, the ALRC has found that Commonwealth criminal law as it applies to corporations is impenetrably complex and in need of significant reform. There is an overregulation by the criminal law

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Family Law Report – Closing the jurisdictional gap

The first recommendation in the ALRC’s latest inquiry report: Family Law for the Future is that family law disputes be returned to the states and territories and the federal family courts eventually abolished. This recommendation responds to arguably the most pressing concern facing the family law system: that children are falling into harm because of gaps between

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Inquiry into Class Action Proceedings Final Report

On January 24 2019, the Attorney-General for Australia tabled in Parliament the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) report, Integrity, Fairness and Efficiency—An Inquiry into Class Action Proceedings and Third-Party Litigation Funders (Report 134, 2018).The Terms of Reference for this Inquiry asked the ALRC to consider whether, and to what extent class action proceedings and third-party

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Professor Helen Rhoades

Please find attached a media release in relation to Professor Helen Rhoades

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