This Issues Backgrounder provides a range of information on the effectiveness of section 37 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) . Section 37 prohibits strangulation, a significant form of domestic violence.
The healthy homes standards will set minimum requirements for heating, insulation, ventilation, draught-stopping, drainage and the control of moisture in residential rental properties. This discussion paper has been released to seek public comment on the proposals.
The Victorian Gender Equality Bill, an Australian first, aims to ensure that the public sector takes active steps to promote gender equality. This paper sets out the key reforms proposed by the Bill.
On 27 July 2018, Professor Rhoades presented at the annual Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference.
In this submission, IFLA underlines the need for flexible exceptions and thus welcomed the introduction of a fair use exception, and alternatively an extended fair dealing exception that among its purposes recognised “library and archive use”, “certain educational uses” and “text and data mining”, among...
This report explores quantitative and qualitative data relevant to direct cross‑examination involving self-represented litigants in family law matters.
During its inquiry, the committee received compelling evidence that Australia is facing an unprecedented threat from espionage and foreign interference. The committee also received evidence that current laws are not adequate to deal with this threat.
New South Wales will lead a push to modernise defamation law across the country, in response to a review that found amendments should be considered to improve the way the justice system deals with digital media cases.
The ALRC invites submissions in response to the proposals, commentary, analysis and questions in this discussion paper, which examines the increased prevalence of class action proceedings; the importance that costs in these matters are appropriate and proportionate; and the need to protect the interest of...
A ground-breaking approach to driving laws in Australia will see the development of purpose-built legislation to allow an automated driving system to drive more vehicles in place of a human.
The issues paper describes the issues that MBIE has heard regarding insurance contract law and conduct in the insurance industry. We are looking for evidence to improve our understanding of these issues and inform our advice to ministers regarding what should be done about them....
This report was prepared following a community consultation, which confirmed concerns that some aspects of the laws relating to consensual assaults are unclear, and do not reflect contemporary views about when the law should criminalise consensual assaults.
Drug law reform is an incredibly complex area of public policy. This is due to the interweaving nature of the relevant issues and the challenges arising from drug use and its consequences. This complexity is also due to conflicting views about how best to address...
This issues paper is intended to encourage informed community participation by providing some background information and highlighting the issues so far identified by the ALRC as relevant to the areas listed in the Terms of Reference.
This paper responds to the Australian Law Reform Commission Review of the Family Law System. In particular, it addresses question 25 in the issues paper released in March 2018 - how should the family law system address misuse of process as a form of abuse...
When Ireland legalised same-sex marriage in 2015, conservatives were concerned it would impact on religious freedom.
This Quick Guide (February 2018 update) provides a chronological list of bills relating to marriage equality introduced into the federal parliament, including bills restored to the Notice Paper or reintroduced in a later parliament.
The committee wishes to stress that the focus of this inquiry, as per the terms of reference, is not the legalisation of same-sex marriage, but rather to scrutinise the process that the government chose to undertake in order to reach the point where the national...
Former New South Wales Supreme Court Judge Anthony Whealy believes the federal government's proposed new secret laws could see ABC reporters jailed for 15 years for handling sensitive government information such as the so called "Cabinet files".
Mr Whealy is Chairman of Transparency International,...