Law reform

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994081

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.

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.

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.

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

Investigating the stress impacts associated with the Australian marriage equality debate during the lead up to the postal survey results announcement
4 Dec 2017

This resource outlines the results of a major survey into the stress impacts associated with the Australian marriage equality debate during the lead up to the postal survey results announcement.

Annual Report

4 Dec 2017

Reviews the activities of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor, tasked with assessing the appropriateness or effectiveness of Australia's national security laws, for the reporting period between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017.

Report

28 Nov 2017

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee recommends that the submissions received to this inquiry be referred to any future Senate inquiry into contempt.

Discussion paper

27 Nov 2017

Despite significant progress, the Australian government considers there is scope for improving the native title system to increase access to native title rights and traditional lands. This paper seeks stakeholder views on a range of options to amend the Act which are intended to improve...

Guide

24 Nov 2017

This Quick Guide 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.

Audio interview

23 Nov 2017

Victoria is poised to become the first Australian state to legalise voluntary assisted dying after a historic bill was passed yesterday in the state parliament.

Briefing paper

14 Nov 2017

On 21 September 2017, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 was introduced into the NSW Legislative Council. This paper compares it with a similar Bill in Victoria.