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20.08.2012

ALRC seeks input into Copyright law reform

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) today released the first consultation paper for the Inquiry about Copyright law—Copyright and the Digital Economy (ALRC IP 42, 2012). Under the Terms of Reference for this Inquiry, the ALRC is to consider whether exceptions and statutory licences in the Copyright Act 1968 are adequate and appropriate in the

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29.06.2012

Terms of Reference received for the ALRC Copyright Inquiry

The Attorney-General, the Hon Nicola Roxon MP, has provided the Australian Law Reform Commission with final Terms of Reference for the Inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy. Professor Jill McKeough, Commissioner in charge of the ALRC’s Inquiry into Copyright Law, stated ‘The Terms of Reference ask us to look at both the commercial and

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01.05.2012

ALRC seeks input into its Inquiry into legal barriers to mature age persons participating in the workforce and other productive work

The Australian Law Reform Commission today released an Issues Paper for its Inquiry into legal barriers to mature age participation in the workforce and other productive work—Grey Areas: Age Barriers to Work in Commonwealth Laws (ALRC IP 41, 2012). Australia’s population is ageing rapidly. By 2044–45 almost one in four Australians will be aged 65

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29.02.2012

ALRC Recommends a New National Classification Scheme

“Australia needs a new classification scheme that applies consistent rules to media content on all platforms—in cinemas, on television, on DVDs and on the internet,” said Professor Terry Flew, Commissioner in charge of the ALRC’s review of the National Classification Scheme. “But the scheme also needs to be flexible, so it can adapt to new

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08.02.2012

Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan appointed as Part-time Commissioner for the Barriers to Mature-Aged Workplace Participation Inquiry

Australian Law Reform Commission President, Professor Rosalind Croucher, today welcomed the appointment by the Attorney-General, the Hon Nicola Roxon MP, of the Hon Susan Ryan AO as a part-time Commissioner for the ALRC’s inquiry into barriers to work for older persons. Professor Croucher stated, “It is an honour to have Susan Ryan join the ALRC

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07.02.2012

Professor Jill McKeough appointed as ALRC Commissioner for the Copyright Inquiry

The Attorney-General, the Hon Nicola Roxon MP, has announced the appointment of Professor Jill McKeough as Commissioner in charge of the ALRC’s Inquiry into Copyright Law. Professor McKeough is currently Dean of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney and will take leave from this position to join the ALRC for the duration of this

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07.02.2012

ALRC releases Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws Report

The Australian Law Reform Commission today released its second report addressing family violence, Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws—Improving Legal Frameworks (ALRC 117, 2011). Together with its first family violence report in 2010, the two reports provide 289 recommendations for reform, amounting to a major contribution to the Australian Government’s agenda to improve the safety of

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29.09.2011

ALRC Discussion Paper proposes fundamental reform of the classification system

“In an age of media convergence, Australia needs a 21st century classification system that is more platform-neutral, concentrates government regulation on media content of most concern to the community, and a system that can be adapted to accelerated media innovation,” said Professor Terry Flew, Commissioner in charge of the National Classification Scheme Review. “The goals

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19.08.2011

ALRC releases Discussion Papers on Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) today released its Discussion Paper for the current Inquiry into family violence and commonwealth laws, Family Violence—Commonwealth Laws (DP 76), and is calling for submissions on over 30 proposals for reform.In November 2010, the ALRC (with the NSW Law Reform Commission) completed its first inquiry into family violence with

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25.05.2011

ALRC recommends a facilitative approach to discovery in federal courts

Advocating a facilitative approach that emphasises the role of the judiciary in robust case management, particularly in large and complex cases, is one of the key reforms suggested by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) in its most recent inquiry into the process of discovery in federal courts. The ALRC’s final report—Managing Discovery: Discovery of

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