Law reform

FAST Record ID: 
994081

Report

7 Jun 2018

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.

Report

7 Jun 2018

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.

Discussion paper

31 May 2018

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...

Policy report

29 May 2018

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.

Discussion paper

22 May 2018

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....

Report

22 May 2018

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.

Report

27 Mar 2018

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...

Discussion paper

14 Mar 2018

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.

Discussion paper

1 Mar 2018

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...

Audio interview

19 Feb 2018

When Ireland legalised same-sex marriage in 2015, conservatives were concerned it would impact on religious freedom.

Guide

15 Feb 2018

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.

Report

13 Feb 2018

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...

Audio interview

2 Feb 2018

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,...

Commentary

31 Jan 2018

New Zealand MPs will cast a conscience vote on a euthanasia bill. But with 49 out of 120 seats held by 'list' MPs, this raises issues about the democratic process under the country's electoral system.

Report

30 Jan 2018

This report is the product of a unique joint review of the Search and Surveillance Act 2012 (the Act) conducted by the Law Commission and the Ministry of Justice.

Discussion paper

15 Dec 2017

The Victorian Law Reform Commission has released this consultation paper as part of its examination of the current operation of the relevant laws and processes in Victoria governing neighbourhood tree disputes.

Report

A report prepared for Infrastructure Australia
9 Dec 2017

Infrastructure Australia commissioned this report on the optimal settings required for economic, environmental and health regulation in the Australian urban water sector, and the opportunities for regulatory improvement.

Commentary

8 Dec 2017

Australia's new copyright legislation is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t go far enough to create an environment that fosters Australian innovation, argues Kylie Pappalardo.

Commentary

7 Dec 2017

Proposed criminal offences, with regard to foreign interference in Australian politics and national security, will significantly expand the scope of existing laws against espionage and treason. This will make it easier to prosecute spies and other foreign nationals who seek undue influence over Australian business...

Report

Recommendations for an accessible, equitable and responsive family law system which better prioritises safety of those affected by family violence
7 Dec 2017

This report provides a vision for a new family law system that is accessible, equitableand responsive and prioritises the safety of those affected by family violence.