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User-friendly legislation: Why we need it, and how to achieve it

Modern smartphones are some of the most technologically sophisticated pieces of equipment ever invented. And yet, to operate one, you don’t need a PhD in computer science or years of experience. For the most part, their operations are intuitive and their functions easily navigable. If only the same could be said for all modern legislation.

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Acting President of the ALRC appointed

On 9 January 2023, the Attorney-General of Australia, the Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP, announced the appointment of the Hon Justice Mark Moshinsky as a part-time Commissioner of the ALRC. Justice Moshinsky will also fulfil the role of Acting President until a permanent replacement is confirmed.

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ALRC in the media – 2023

The ALRC monitors the media for references to the Commission and its inquiries. This list is not comprehensive.

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RECORDING Inaugural Michael Kirby Lecture

On Monday 5 December 2022, the ALRC hosted the Inaugural Michael Kirby Lecture at the Federal Court of Australia in Melbourne. The 2022 keynote address was delivered by the Attorney-General of Australia, the Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP.

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The Wondrous Universe of Law: The ALRC’s DataHub and a new age of legal exploration

In this article the ALRC announce the launch of the DataHub, which will enable greater explorations of our Universe of Law. Using the DataHub and new tools of discovery, this article summarises four key learnings about our law. They concern the law’s scale, expansion, complexity, and tendency to disorder. These learnings, and others gleaned from the DataHub, can help improve our Universe of Law, for the benefit of all.

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RECORDING Legislation Renovation: What Interim Report B means for you

On Wednesday 16 November 2022, the ALRC hosted a webinar to examine Interim Report B and its proposed legislative model. Hear about the research and novel data analysis underpinning the ALRC’s most recent report into simplifying the legislative framework for corporations and financial services legislation.

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All Roads Lead to Rome: the ALRC’s new Background Paper on unconscionable and misleading or deceptive conduct

This article provides a high-level summary of the ALRC’s latest Background Paper on unconscionable and misleading or deceptive conduct provisions in financial services legislation. The ALRC proposes a consolidation of such provisions, to improve the expressive power of the law, and to reduce the burden of compliance and enforcement. Dr William Isdale  Starting in around

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The Design of Everyday Law

In this article the ALRC considers how principles of ‘human-centred design’ could be used to improve the ‘user experience’ of Australia’s legislation — and increase the likelihood that it is understood and complied with.

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ALRC In Brief | November 2022

On 4 November 2022 the Australian Law Reform Commission received Terms of Reference from the Attorney-General of Australia, the Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP, to consider reforms to the way Federal anti-discrimination laws apply to religious educational institutions.

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Religious Exemptions Inquiry eNews | November 2022

On 3 November 2022 the Attorney-General of Australian, the Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP, withdrew the terms of reference for the review into the framework of Religious Exemptions in Anti-discrimination Legislation. Accordingly, this Inquiry is now closed and will not be completed.

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