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On 25 November 2021, the Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 (Cth) (Bill), and associated legislation, was introduced to the Parliament of Australia. In accordance with Terms of Reference issued by the Attorney-General on 10 April 2019 and amended on 29 August 2019 and 2 March 2020, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) will conduct an Inquiry into the framework …Read more
This article discusses two of the key themes arising so far from the ALRC’s review into corporations and financial services law – namely, undue complexity, and poor navigability. It also provides a brief overview of some of the reforms suggested in Interim Report A, released on 30 November 2021.Read more
The ALRC’s first Interim Report as part of a three-year review of complexity in Commonwealth legislation regulating corporations and financial services was today tabled in Parliament. The Commission seeks feedback on 16 proposals, and 8 questions for reform. Submissions are due by Friday 25 February 2022. The report contains 13 Recommendations for reform, relating to …Read more
Justice SC Derrington, President of the ALRC, presented the address for the WA Lee Equity Lecture at the Banco Court in Brisbane on 18 November 2021. The WA Lee Equity Lecture is held each year in honour of foremost equity and trusts academic and author, Honorary Professor WA ‘Tony’ Lee. This prestigious series of lectures …Read more
Reform Journal Relaunched in 2021 In October, the Australian Law Reform Commission published the 95th issue of the journal Reform, following an 11-year hiatus. The first issue was released in January 1976, and then twice a year until 2010. The journal’s aim was to raise public awareness of contemporary legal issues and to provide a forum for …Read more
New background papers online The latest Financial Services Legislation Inquiry background papers are now available online. Complexity and Legislative Design (FSL2) explores the drivers and metrics of legislative complexity, and considers how legislative complexity can be managed and reduced through legislative design. In particular, this paper explores the drivers and metrics of complexity in corporations …Read more
Amended Final Report Due Date Today the High Court of Australia delivered judgment in Charisteas v Charisteas and Ors (Case P6/2021). In accordance with the ALRC Judicial Impartiality amended Terms of Reference (dated 21 June 2021), delivery of the Final Report to the Commonwealth Attorney-General is now due on 6 December 2021. VIEW THE HIGH COURT JUDGMENT VIEW …Read more
Podcast: Prof Bant discusses the ALRC’s inquiry on simplifying corporations and financial services regulation
The ALRC’s current inquiry into the simplification of corporations and financial services regulation has generated significant interest and expectations on the part of stakeholders. What is motivating the inquiry and what are some of the challenges and objectives? In this recorded interview, Dr Andrew Godwin (ALRC Special Counsel) asks Professor Elise Bant (ALRC Advisory Committee …Read more
The 2021 Holt Prize has been awarded to William Isdale, Senior Legal Officer at the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). The ALRC warmly congratulates William as the recipient of the award for excellence in unpublished legal works, for his manuscript entitled ‘Compensation for Native Title’. The Holt Prize is awarded every two years to a …Read more