Publications

The ALRC produces a range of publications including:

  • Inquiry Reports,
  • Consultation Documentation,
  • Information sheets, and
  • Reform Journal

The ALRC is committed to improving public access to its work and all past reports and recent consultation papers are available for free viewing and download via this website. 

Some publications are available in book format for purchase.

20.06.1994

Compliance with the Trade Practices Act 1974 (ALRC Report 68)

ALRC Report 68 (tabled June 1994) reviewed the sanctions, penalties, remedies and other provisions in the Trade Practices Act 1974 (TPA) relating to compliance with Part V, having regard to the need for effective compliance, difficulties that had been experienced, and the need for quick, cost effective and fair remedies. Compliance with the Trade Practices

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03.03.1994

Equality before the Law – Interim Report (ALRC Report 67)

In its interim report (tabled 3 March 1994), the ALRC recommended the immediate establishment of a National Women’s Justice Program (NWJP) to address women’s needs for access to justice. View Equality before the Law – Interim Report (ALRC Report 67) on the AustLII website.

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30.09.1993

Collective Investments: Other People’s Money (ALRC Report 65)

ALRC Report 65 (tabled 30 September 1993) is a two-volume report. It found that collective investments were a rapidly growing sector in investment in Australia, of considerable importance to the economy.Collective Investments: Other People’s Money concluded that policy should therefore ensure the twin objectives of encouraging business activity while ensuring that investors were adequately protected. In

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27.05.1993

Personal Property Securities (ALRC Report 64)

Personal Property Securities (ALRC Report 64) was tabled on 27 May 1993. It reviewed the method of dealing with personal property securities. View ALRC Report 64 in HTML on the AustLII website.

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26.05.1993

Children’s Evidence: Closed Circuit TV (ALRC Report 63)

ALRC Report 63 (tabled 1993) evaluates a 12-month trial period using closed circuit television in the ACT Magistrates Court, Children’s Court and Coroner’s Court. The evaluation study aimed to assess: whether closed circuit TV reduces the stress of testifying for child witnesses both for its own sake and in order to improve the quality of

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20.09.1992

Administrative penalties in customs and excise (ALRC Report 61)

ALRC Report 61 (tabled September 1992) identified that there were issues regarding ways the administrative penalty scheme of the Customs Service should operate and also whether there should be an administrative penalty scheme for excise.The report questioned whether administrative penalties should apply to innocent or deliberate errors, how adequate the existing mechanisms for enforcement were

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14.09.1992

Customs and excise (ALRC Report 60)

ALRC Report 60 (tabled September 1992) aimed to simplify and modernise the law relating to customs and excise.ALRC Report 60 concluded that a single Customs and Excise Act would avoid the duplication and anomalous differences resulting from separate Acts. One volume of the three-volume report was dedicated to draft legislation.View ALRC Report 60 in HTML

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15.05.1992

Choice of Law (ALRC Report 58)

ALRC Report 58 (tabled May 1992) examined existing rules governing choice of law and procedure in federal and territory courts and considered whether reform was necessary to make these rules adequate and appropriate to modern circumstances.Choice of Law (ALRC Report 58) outlined constitutional restraints, cross vesting rules, inappropriateness of forum law rules, uncertainty issues and

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28.04.1992

Collective Investments: Superannuation (ALRC Report 59)

ALRC Report 59 (tabled 28 April 1992) identified two means of government intervention to ensure retirement savings in superannuation were protected—requiring superannuation schemes to insure against the risk of failure; and prescribing measures to reduce liquidity and institution risk.The report reflected that prudential supervision was an acceptable way of intervening in the market. Collective Investments:

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14.04.1992

Multiculturalism and the Law (ALRC Report 57)

ALRC Report 57 (tabled April 1992) examined the principles underlying Australian family law, criminal law and contract law and the ways disputes about them are resolved, to see if they take enough account of the cultural diversity of Australian society.The report reviewed the extent to which the law recognises, accommodates, respects and protects the rights

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