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Media Briefing – Review of Secrecy Laws: Discussion Paper 74

Introduction This briefing provides an overview of the ALRC’s Discussion Paper, Review of Secrecy Laws (DP 74). On 5 August 2008, the Attorney-General of Australia, the Hon Robert McClelland MP, asked the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to conduct an Inquiry into options for ensuring a consistent approach across government to the protection of Commonwealth information

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ALRC proposals to wind back federal secrecy laws

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) today released a Discussion Paper for its current inquiry into federal secrecy laws—Review of Secrecy Laws (DP 74, June 2009)—which makes 65 proposals for reform.The ALRC is seeking community feedback about how to balance a growing commitment to increased openness and transparency in government with the legitimate need to maintain the

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Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series

David Weisbrot, President, Australian Law Reform Commission, at Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney, 19 May 2009 | Panel Discussion (David Weisbrot AM, Celeste Black, Peter Sankoff, chaired by Katrina Sharman)1.  David: As President of the ALRC, you spend a lot of time looking at deficiencies in certain laws and making recommendations for change.

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Launch of Reform 93: Native Title and the ALRC’s inaugural RAP

David Weisbrot, Tranby College Glebe, 8 April 2009Part one, c11.15amThank you Lyndon Coombes, for that Introduction—and for allowing us the use of these wonderful facilities at Tranby Aboriginal College.  This year the ALRC and Tranby have forged a special relationship, and one that I am sure will remain warm and productive into the future. And thank you very

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New Visions for Native Title and Reconciliation

A new vision for native title is needed to deliver on the hopes and expectations of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians following the High Court’s decisions in Mabo and Wik. That is the message emerging from the latest edition of the ALRC’s Reform journal, to be launched today in Sydney by the Attorney-General of Australia, the

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Cost, formality of Royal Commissions queried in ALRC Review

The Australian Law Reform Commission today released an Issues Paper, Review of the Royal Commissions Act (IP35) seeking feedback from the community on 49 questions posed as part of its current review of the Royal Commissions Act 1902 (Cth). The ALRC has been asked by the Attorney-General, the Hon Robert McClelland MP, to review the

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Kirby Cup Law Reform Competition – Call for Entries

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) and the Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) today called on law students to register their interest in entering the 2009 Kirby Cup, one of Australia’s most prestigious student law reform competitions. Registration closes on 10 April 2009. The topic for this year’s competition is on animal rights and teams

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National phone-in and blog on Commonwealth Secrecy Laws

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) today announced a national two day phone-in and new online discussion forum as part of its commitment to engaging in widespread community consultation on reform of Commonwealth secrecy laws. Anyone who has ever been involved in handling Commonwealth information will have the chance to speak out about their personal experiences

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ALRC expresses deep gratitude to Justice Michael Kirby for service to law reform

Marking the resignation of Justice Michael Kirby, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) President, Professor David Weisbrot, today expressed his admiration and gratitude to the former High Court Judge for his outstanding dedication to law reform in Australia. Professor Weisbrot said Justice Kirby has definitive views on law reform and in  Kirby’s own words said

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ALRC to consider flexibility, formality and cost of Royal Commissions

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) welcomed the announcement today by the Commonwealth Attorney-General, the Hon Robert McClelland MP, of new Terms of Reference for the ALRC to review the Royal Commissions Act 1902 (Cth) and related issues.  The Terms of Reference ask the ALRC to focus on a number of matters, including: whether there

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