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Bill

13 Nov 2017

This is a draft Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to the definition of marriage and to protect freedom of thought, conscience, religion, expression and association, and for related purposes.

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Audio interview

10 Nov 2017

Australians appear to have moved little in their views on same sex marriage, despite two months of public to-ing and fro-ing as the postal survey has played out.

The results are due to be released next Wednesday, but a YouGov poll out today found 60 per cent of the company's survey group...

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Briefing paper

16 Oct 2017

On 23 June 2011, former Premier Barry O'Farrell announced the "long overdue review" of the State's electoral legislation by the NSW Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters. Whilst the two key Acts of the NSW electoral system – the Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Act...

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Book

22 Sep 2017

For reasons of effectiveness, efficiency and equity, Australian law reform should be planned carefully. Academics can and should take the lead in this process. This book collects over 50 discrete law reform recommendations, encapsulated in short, digestible essays written by leading Australian...

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Audio program

14 Sep 2017

After weeks of negotiations, the Federal Government has secured the numbers to pass its media laws package, clearing the way for major mergers and acquisitions.

The Nick Xenophon Team agreed to support the Government's package, in exchange for a 60-million-dollar new fund for independent...

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Commentary

14 Sep 2017

The breakthrough in negotiations with the Senate crossbenchers that the government has been chipping away at has finally arrived.

The deregulatory legislation, the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (...

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Commentary

12 Sep 2017

The postal marriage survey starts popping into letterboxes today, and if the deadline to return it were this Friday, or next, we know exactly what the result would be: an easy win for Yes.

Opinion polls tell us so. Polls can be wrong, but not by this amount. True, the marriage survey won’...

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Commentary

07 Sep 2017

The High Court has struck down the challenges to the same-sex marriage ballot, clearing the way for voting papers to start going out next week.

The court’s decision...

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Report

05 Sep 2017

On 20 April 2017, the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcom Turnbull MP, and the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, announced a package of measures to reform citizenship. The Prime Minister explained that the changes were informed by feedback received from the...

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Discussion paper

03 Sep 2017

The Anti-Discrimination Act (the Act) commenced on 1 August 1993. Discrimination law is an evolving area of practice and needs to keep pace with contemporary standards and expectations. The Department of the Attorney‑General and Justice has commenced a review of the Act to ensure it...

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Journal article

01 Sep 2017

The Model Criminal Code (MCC) was intended to be a Code for all Australian jurisdictions. It represents a high point of faith in the value and possibility of systematising, rationalising and modernising criminal law. The core of the MCC is Chapter 2, the ‘general principles of criminal...

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Journal article

01 Sep 2017

Although there is increasing academic recognition of corporations as criminogenic, the criminal legal system has demonstrated difficulties in conceptualising corporate culpability. The current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse provides ample evidence of why...

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Briefing paper

01 Sep 2017

The Bill implements the federal government’s announcement on 20 April 2017 regarding a series of changes to citizenship policy with the intention to ‘strengthen citizenship’.

In 2015, the government announced Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Phillip Ruddock would undertake community...

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Bill

06 Aug 2017

This is a draft Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to the definition of marriage and protect religious freedoms, and for related purposes.

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Report

21 Jul 2017

An outline was proposed by the Legislative Council’s Legal and Social Issues Committee (the Parliamentary Committee) Inquiry into End of Life Choices. The Parliamentary Committee provided a broad policy direction for...

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Research report

12 Jul 2017

This research paper looks at the differences between Tasmanian indefinite detention provisions, and those of other Australian jurisdictions. The study considers issues associated with making a dangerous criminal declaration, including the test and standard of proof, and whether separate...

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Policy report

05 Jul 2017

The Drug Foundation proposes a complete overhaul of new Zealand drug laws. The Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 came into force more than 40 years ago. It sets out harsh criminal penalties for possession and use of drugs in an attempt to stop people taking them. This is an approach that has proved both...

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Report

30 Jun 2017

More than 20 US states have legalised the medicinal use of marijuana; in the past three years, four have also legalised its recreational use. At the same time, marijuana remains illegal under US federal law.

This paper reviews the US experience to identify any potential lessons or hazards...

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Report

14 Jun 2017

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has launched this report on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2017.

The ALRC was asked to consider Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks and how they might better protect older persons from misuse or abuse, and safeguard their autonomy.

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Report

07 Jun 2017

Adoption law and practice deeply and intimately affects those to whom it applies. The effects are life-long. They do not cease upon the adopted child reaching adulthood. They have intergenerational impacts and consequences. The effects reverberate widely. They involve significant social and...

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