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10.02.2017

Commissioner appointed to lead ALRC Inquiry into incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) welcomes the appointment by Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, of His Honour Judge Matthew Myers AM as an ALRC Commissioner. Judge Myers will lead the new ALRC Inquiry into the high incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, announced by the Attorney-General in October 2016.Judge

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11.12.2016

Elder Abuse — Discussion Paper released

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) today released a Discussion Paper for its Elder Abuse Inquiry, Elder Abuse (DP 83), and is calling for comments and feedback on its law reform proposals.Elder abuse usually refers to the abuse or neglect of older people by family, friends and carers. Psychological and financial abuse are common types

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14.06.2016

Elder Abuse and Commonwealth Laws – Issues Paper

15 June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has released an Issues Paper, Elder Abuse (IP 47), that asks a number of questions about how Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks could be reformed to better protect older Australians from abuse by formal and informal carers, supporters, and representatives.The

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01.03.2016

ALRC Report — Rights and freedoms in Commonwealth laws

ALRC report, Traditional Rights and Freedoms—Encroachments by Commonwealth Laws (ALRC Report 129), was tabled and launched in Parliament today by the Attorney-General, the Hon Senator George Brandis QC and is now publicly available.In this far-reaching inquiry, the Australian Law Reform Commission was asked to identify and critically examine Commonwealth laws that encroach upon traditional rights,

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03.08.2015

Rights and freedoms in Commonwealth laws — Interim Report

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) today released an Interim Report, Traditional Rights and Freedoms—Encroachments by Commonwealth Laws (IR 127), and is calling for submissions.This is the second consultation document for this inquiry, in which the ALRC has been asked to review Commonwealth laws that encroach on traditional rights, freedoms and privileges (Freedoms Inquiry). Traditional

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21.07.2015

New Part-time Commissioner appointed to the ALRC

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) welcomes the appointment by Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, of Emeritus Professor Anura Surindra (Suri) Ratnapala as a part-time Commissioner until the conclusion of the Review of Commonwealth Laws for Consistency with Traditional Rights, Freedoms and Privileges.Professor Ratnapala is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of

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04.06.2015

ALRC recommendations for reform of the Native Title Act

The ALRC report, Connection to Country: Review of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (ALRC Report 126), was released today.This Report marks the first major review of ‘connection’ in native title claims—central to native title determinations—since the introduction of the Native Title Act. The Report also examines authorisation of persons bringing native title claims and joinder

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25.01.2015

ALRC President, Professor Rosalind Croucher, awarded the Order of Australia

Professor Rosalind Croucher, BA(Hons) LLB PhD AMusA ACLM (Hon) FRSA FAAL TEP, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission, has been conferred the award of Member of the Order of Australia for “significant service to the law as an academic, to legal reform and education, to professional development, and to the arts”. The Order of Australia

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12.12.2014

ALRC President re-appointed to lead the ALRC in its 40th year

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) welcomes the re-appointment of Professor Rosalind Croucher by the Attorney-General, to lead the ALRC for one more year, until December 2015. Professor Croucher has been the President of the ALRC for the past five years and was appointed to the ALRC as a full-time Commissioner in 2007, joining the Commission

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10.12.2014

Rights and freedoms in Commonwealth laws – Issues Paper

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) today released an Issues Paper, Traditional Rights and Freedoms—Encroachments by Commonwealth Laws (IP 46), and has called for submissions from the public.The Freedoms Inquiry is a review of Commonwealth legislation for consistency with traditional rights, freedoms and privileges.  These may be seen as fundamental freedoms in modern society, such

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