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Where next for law reform? Melbourne University seminar

The future of law reform: Constitutional and Immigration Issues Tuesday 18th June 2019 5.00pm until 6.00pm Room 920, Level 9, Melbourne Law School The Australian Law Reform Commission and the University of Melbourne Law School are pleased to present a panel discussion on the future of legal and constitutional reform in Australia. The discussion progresses the ALRC’s new

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Where next for law reform? Second public seminar

The future of law reform: Technology and the Law Wednesday 12th June 2019 Time 1.30pm – 3.00pm The Moot Theatre, College of Law, Australian National University The Australian Law Reform Commission and the Australian National University are pleased to present a panel discussion on the future of law reform in Australia. The discussion progresses the ALRC’s

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Where next for law reform? Have your say!

We hosted an online survey in May and June 2019 to find out what Australians think should be the priorities for law reform. The survey is now closed.  To contact us regarding this project, please email 

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Thinking big: The Australian Constitution as a law reform project

As part of the ALRC’s Where next for law reform? project the ALRC is encouraging Australians to think big. Arguably the most significant law reform initiative would be to revise the constitution. We have prepared a short paper to start the conversation.

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Where next for law reform? First Public Seminar

The Australian Law Reform Commission and the University of NSW are pleased to present a panel discussion on the future of law and constitutional reform in Australia. The discussion will launch the ALRC’s new project seeking public input to assist in identifying areas of Australian law which may benefit from reform. The University of NSW

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Family Law Report – Closing the jurisdictional gap

The first recommendation in the ALRC’s latest inquiry report: Family Law for the Future is that family law disputes be returned to the states and territories and the federal family courts eventually abolished. This recommendation responds to arguably the most pressing concern facing the family law system: that children are falling into harm because of gaps between

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ALRC Recommendations on Parenting

The ALRC has released a summary of its recommendations on parenting. The summary is available here

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New ALRC Inquiries

new_tor_media_release_11_4_19_2.pdfNew Terms of ReferenceOn 10 April 2019, the Attorney-General of Australia, the Hon Christian Porter MP, released the Terms of Reference for two new ALRC inquiries.Religious Freedoms InquiryThe ALRC has been asked to conduct an inquiry into the framework of religious exemptions in Commonwealth, State and Territory anti-discrimination legislation. This Inquiry has been referred to

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Family Law Inquiry – Final Report Released

ALRC Family Law System Review – Final Report Media ReleaseThe Australian Law Reform Commission report, Family Law for the Future: An Inquiry into the Family Law System, was tabled in Parliament today by the Attorney-General, the Hon Christian Porter MP.The ALRC has made 60 recommendations for reform.The ALRC recommends that the resolution of family law

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Law Reform – Future Directions

When I was invited (almost 12 months ago now) to speak at this conference and on this topic, I felt relatively confident that after a year in the role as President of the ALRC, I might have some useful thoughts to share with you about future directions in law reform. That confidence evaporated rapidly when I began preparing theses remarks.
I have identified two main reasons for that loss of confidence (in addition to the obvious point that it is not a topic that lends itself naturally to humour). The first, and most important, reason has been the realisation of just how little influence the ALRC itself has in the topics that will be selected for future law reform references and the degree of political expediency involved the topics that are referred to the Commission. The second reason is the great uncertainty that surrounds the funding of the ALRC and the obvious challenge such uncertainty presents for ensuring that the ALRC can attract and retain a legal team of the highest quality.

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