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ALRC/NSWLRC release Consultation Paper on Family Violence Reform

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) and the NSW Law Reform Commission (NSWLRC) today released the much anticipated Consultation Paper for the joint Inquiry into family violence laws—Family Violence: Improving Legal Frameworks (Consultation Paper 1). ALRC President, Professor Rosalind Croucher said that over 60 individuals and organisations from around Australia working in the areas of family

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ALRC reforms strike a blow to the old culture of secrecy

Secrecy laws, and the prosecution of public servants for the unauthorised disclosure of Commonwealth information, can sit uneasily with the Australian Government’s commitment to open and accountable government. The final report of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s comprehensive review of Commonwealth secrecy laws, Secrecy Laws and Open Government in Australia (ALRC Report 112) was tabled

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ALRC recommends ‘two-tier’ plan for flexible, cost-effective public inquiries

Costs associated with expensive Royal Commissions could be reduced by establishing an alternative, second tier of public inquiry with proper investigatory powers and appropriate levels of transparency and protections for those involved, Australia’s leading law reform agency said today.The review of Royal Commissions and other federal inquiries by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has

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Magistrate Anne Goldsbrough appointed Part-time Commissioner

The Attorney-General, the Hon Robert McClelland MP, has announced the appointment of Magistrate Anne Goldsbrough as a part-time Commissioner of the ALRC to assist the ALRC in its current Inquiry into Family Violence. Magistrate Goldsbrough was the Victorian State Supervising Magistrate for Family Violence and Family Law for 6 years from February 2002 until December

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Professor Rosalind Croucher appointed new ALRC President

The Attorney-General, the Hon Robert McClelland MP, today announced the appointment of the ALRC’s current serving Commissioner and acting President, Professor Rosalind Croucher, for a five-year term as President of the ALRC. Professor Croucher was appointed to the ALRC as a full-time Commissioner in February 2007 and led the Inquiry into Client Legal Privilege and

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ALRC farewells ALRC President, Emeritus Professor David Weisbrot AM

The ALRC today farewelled Emeritus Professor David Weisbrot, the longest serving president in the ALRC’s 35-year history. Professor Weisbrot has stepped down after more than ten years in office during which time he presided over 14 inquiries. Under Professor Weisbrot’s presidency the ALRC has achieved a significant level of implementation for its reports, with over

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Historic first meeting of the ALRC’s Indigenous Advisory Committee

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has established an Indigenous Advisory Committee to assist in building stronger relationships with Indigenous peoples, and to ensure that the concerns and perspectives of Indigenous communities are more effectively integrated into the federal law reform process. Speaking at the historic first meeting on 19 August, ALRC President Professor David

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Government gives giant ‘tick’ to ALRC privacy recommendations

The Australian Law Reform Commission has welcomed today’s announcement by the federal Government that it will implement a large portion of the recommendations of the ALRC’s review of Australian privacy laws.The first stage of the Australian Government’s formal response to For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice (ALRC 108) considers 197 of the 295

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ALRC calls for greater flexibility, more options for Royal Commissions and other official inquiries

A legislative framework is required to govern the establishment and operation of official inquiries at the federal level, to ensure that such inquiries have adequate investigatory powers while at the same time ensuring the protection of the rights of individuals concerned, the nation’s peak law reform agency said today.This would put what are now simply

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ALRC to develop national legal framework to tackle family violence

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) welcomed today’s announcement by the Commonwealth Attorney-General, the Hon Robert McClelland MP, of new Terms of Reference for an Inquiry to address issues concerning violence against women and their children. The Terms of Reference ask the ALRC to focus on a number of matters, including: the interaction in practice

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