News and Media

Keep up to date with ALRC news and media.

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15.11.2019

ALRC Corporate Crime – Discussion Paper

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) today released a Discussion Paper, Corporate Criminal Responsibility (DP 87). Building on the work of the Hayne Royal Commission, the ALRC has found that Commonwealth criminal law as it applies to corporations is impenetrably complex and in need of significant reform. There is an overregulation by the criminal law

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14.10.2019

Sydney Seminar: Interrogating the English approach to prosecuting economic crime

Places are limited! To confirm your attendance please register here:    

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13.10.2019

Australia’s no-fault divorce—why it remains controversial

In October 2019 Principal Legal Officer Micheil Paton spoke with ABC Radio National about some of the history of family law reform in Australia, and some of the ALRC’s recommendations from its Family Law Inquiry. Listen to the Rational National episode

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13.09.2019

Deodands and Frankpledges!

While there are clear commercial and economic benefits as a result of the creation of the corporation, the construction of a legal artifice of ‘the legal person’ raises fundamental questions about the applicability of the criminal law to that artifice. A corporation cannot be sent to jail. It has no soul that may be damned.

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13.09.2019

Be Civil not Criminal: The Role of the Criminal law in the Regulatory Pyramid

—  The reality we have found is that when you actually map the criminal laws which are applicable to corporations, what you find is much closer to a rhomboid than a neat pyramid. The scope and scale and pervasiveness of criminal offences which are potentially applicable to corporations, is shocking. —  Read Venetia’s full speech

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04.09.2019

Of Shields and Swords – let the jousting begin!

Justice SC Derrington, President of the ALRC, presented at the Freedom19 Conference in Sydney.

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30.08.2019

Terms of Reference for Religious Freedom Inquiry Amended

Today the Attorney-General released an exposure draft Religious Discrimination Bill and amended the terms of reference for the ALRC’s inquiry into religious exemptions. The ALRC media release in response to the amended terms of reference is available here.

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28.06.2019

Where next for law reform? Seminars

In May and June 2019, the ALRC held four seminars on the future of law reform in conjunction with the Law Schools at UNSW, ANU and Melbourne University.

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20.06.2019

Family Law- Summary of Tell Us Your Story Responses

As part of the Family Law Inquiry, the ALRC established the Tell Us Your Story project — an online submission portal where individuals were encouraged to anonymously share personal stories of their experiences with the family law system. The attached note provides aggregated data regarding the number and nature of individual stories that included complaints against

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04.06.2019

Results in Brief: Seminar on the Future of Public Law Reform

On 29 May 2019, the Australian Law Reform Commission and the University of NSW hosted a conversation on the future of law and constitutional reform in Australia. To find out more about the discussion a short summary is available here.

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