Publications

Final Report

17.02.2000

Managing Justice: A Review of the Federal Civil Justice System (ALRC Report 89)

ALRC Report 89 (tabled 17 February 2000) represents the culmination of a major four year inquiry, which commenced with terms of reference directing the Commission to consider ‘the need for a simpler, cheaper and more accessible legal system’.The ALRC inquiry focused on practice, procedure and case management in federal civil courts and tribunals, such as

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30.06.1999

Confiscation that Counts: A Review of the Proceeds of Crime Act 1987 (ALRC Report 87)

Final Report, ALRC Report 89, was tabled June 1999. The ALRC’s review of Australia’s confiscation regime found that groundbreaking proceeds of crime legislation—introduced in 1987, and designed to strike at the heart of organised crime by attacking the profit motive—had become largely ineffective.ALRC Report 89 advocates a sharp shift in Australia’s approach to federal assets

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30.07.1998

Australia’s Federal Record: A Review of Archives Act 1983 (ALRC Report 85)

ALRC Report 85 was tabled in federal Parliament in July 1998, representing the first major review of the Archives Act 1983 (Cth), which was drafted at a time when Commonwealth government records were predominantly in paper format. View ALRC Report 85 in HTML on the AustLII website. This publication is available for purchase in book format.

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19.11.1997

Seen and heard: priority for children in the legal process (ALRC Report 84)

ALRC Report 84 was tabled on 19 November 1997. The report calls for widespread reform to Australia’s child protection, education and legal systems to ensure children’s appropriate participation in decision making concerning them.ALRC 84 provides extensive evidence of the problems and neglect of children who come into contact with federal and State legal processes. It

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10.12.1996

Integrity: but not by trust alone (ALRC Report 82)

ALRC Report 82  was tabled in federal parliament on 10 December 1996.  ALRC Report 82 was the first extensive review of the Complaints (Australian Federal Police) Act 1981 (Cth), which was considered by many to be outdated and ineffective.View ALRC Report 82 in HTML on the AustLII website.This publication is available for purchase in book format.

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20.10.1996

Making Rights Count: Services for People with a Disability (ALRC Report 79)

ALRC Report 79 (tabled October 1996) was the third report in a series of inquiries into Acts administered by the Department of Health and Family Services.This report provides a detailed analysis of the Disability Services Act 1986 (Cth). The Commission identified a number of flaws in the existing system and concluded that the Disability Services

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08.10.1996

Legal Risk in International Transactions (ALRC Report 80)

ALRC Report 80, commonly referred to as the Cross Borders report, was tabled on 8 October 1996. The inquiry arose out of concerns about the effectiveness of the legal remedies available when commercial transactions cross international borders.In particular, insolvencies relating to Australian corporate identities Alan Bond and the late Christopher Skase, and the late British

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20.05.1996

Beyond the Doorkeeper – Standing to Sue for Public Remedies (ALRC Report 78)

ALRC Report 78 reviewed the recommendations made in the earlier report in light of subsequent developments in law and practice and recent and proposed reforms to court rules and procedures. It provides that under the current Australian law, standing is not open to all members of the public to commence litigation to sue for public

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20.01.1996

Open Government – A Review of the Federal Freedom of Information Act 1982 (ALRC Report 77)

The ALRC began this joint reference with the Administrative Review Council in July 1994. ALRC Report 77 was tabled in January 1996.The principal purpose of the review was to determine whether the FOI Act had achieved the purposes and objectives it was designed to achieve and, if it had not, to recommend changes to improve

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20.10.1995

Costs Shifting – Who Pays for Litigation (ALRC Report 75)

ALRC Report 75 (tabled October 1995) arose from a recommendation in the Access to Justice Advisory Committee 1995 report Access to Justice: An Action Plan. The report reviews the impact on the litigation system of the costs allocation rules. ALRC 75 found that the costs allocation rules sometimes operate unfairly and can deny access to

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