Final Report


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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Principled Regulation: Federal Civil and Administrative Penalties in Australia (ALRC Report 95)

ALRC Report 95 was in tabled March 2003. The ALRC’s task was to consider the many disparate federal regulatory and penalties schemes that had developed over the last three decades or so to identify those areas where the injection of some structure could give them, both collectively and individually, greater clarity, transparency and consistency. While

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The Judicial Power of the Commonwealth: A Review of the Judiciary Act 1903 and Related Legislation (ALRC Report 92)

ALRC Report 92 (tabled October 2001) sets out 125 recommendations for amendments to the Judiciary Act and related legislation such as the High Court of Australia Act 1979 (Cth), the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth), the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), and the Federal Magistrates Act 1999 (Cth). The terms of reference required the

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Review of the Marine Insurance Act 1909 (Cth) (ALRC Report 91)

ALRC Report 91 (tabled May 2001) sets out the results of the Commission’s research and consultations, and its recommendations for amendments to the Marine Insurance Act 1909 (Cth) (MIA) and to the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth) (ICA). Four areas came to be of central importance during the course of the review. They are the

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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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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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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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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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