Final Report


Secrecy Laws and Open Government in Australia (ALRC Report 112)

Official secrecy has a necessary and proper province in our system of government. A surfeit of secrecy does not.On 5 August 2008, the Attorney-General of Australia, the Hon Robert McClelland MP, asked the Australian Law Reform Commission to conduct an Inquiry into options for ensuring a consistent approach across government to the protection of Commonwealth

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Making Inquiries: A New Statutory Framework (ALRC Report 111)

ALRC Report 111 represents the culmination of a nine month inquiry by the ALRC into the operation of the provisions of the Royal Commissions Act 1902 (Cth), and the question of whether an alternative form or forms of Commonwealth executive inquiry should be established by statute.It consists of 21 chapters and 82 recommendations for reform.View

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For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice (ALRC Report 108)

ALRC Report 108 (tabled August 2008) represents the culmination of a 28-month inquiry into the extent to which the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and related laws continue to provide an effective framework for the protection of privacy in Australia.This Inquiry resulted in a three-volume report, containing 74 chapters and 295 recommendations for reform.The central theme

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Privilege in Perspective: Client Legal Privilege in Federal Investigations (ALRC Report 107)

ALRC Report 107 (tabled 13 February 2008) is the final report of the ALRC’s Client Legal Privilege Inquiry.The ALRC’s research identified over 40 federal bodies with coercive information-gathering powers (as well as Royal Commissions established from time to time) and many more than 40 statutes that addressed the powers of these bodies. Many of these

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Fighting Words: A Review of Sedition Laws in Australia (ALRC Report 104)

ALRC Report 104 (tabled 13 December 2006) is the final report of the ALRC’s Inquiry into sedition offences contained in the Commonwealth Criminal Code and related offences in Part IIA of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth).Historically, sedition law has been used to suppress political dissent, punishing speech that is critical of the established order. Stakeholders,

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Same Crime, Same Time: Sentencing of Federal Offenders (ALRC Report 103)

ALRC Report 103 (tabled 13 September 2006) is the final report of the ALRC’s second inquiry into the sentencing of federal offenders. The first inquiry commenced in 1978 and concluded in 1988 with the release of the report, Sentencing (ALRC Report 44).View ALRC Report 103 in HTML on the AustLII website.

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Uniform Evidence Law (ALRC Report 102)

The Final Report, Uniform Evidence Law (ALRC Report 102), completed jointly by the ALRC, NSWLRC was tabled in the Commonwealth and Victorian parliaments and released in NSW on 8 February 2006.The primary objectives of this inquiry were twofold: to identify and address any defects in the uniform Evidence Acts; and to maintain and further the

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Genes and Ingenuity: Gene patenting and human health (ALRC Report 99)

The Genes and Ingenuity report (tabled August 2004) is the product of an extensive research and community consultation effort over 18 months.The ALRC’s task was to examine whether the Australian patent system was meeting the challenges of the rapidly developing science associated with the sequencing of the human genome.Given the diversity of interests and concerns

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Keeping Secrets: The Protection of Classified and Security Sensitive Information (ALRC Report 98)

ALRC Report 98 was tabled in federal Parliament on 23 June 2004. This inquiry examined measures to safeguard classified and security sensitive information during court or tribunal proceedings, or in the course of other investigations—including those relating to criminal prosecutions, civil suits, immigration matters or freedom of information applications.View ALRC Report 98 in HTML on the

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Essentially Yours: The Protection of Human Genetic Information in Australia (ALRC Report 96)

ALRC Report 96 (tabled May 2003)  was the product of a two-year inquiry by the ALRC and the Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC) of the NHMRC, involving extensive research and widespread public consultation.The inquiry was the most comprehensive ever undertaken into these issues in Australia or overseas.The report covers an extensive range of activities in

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