Equality, capacity and disability in Commonwealth laws

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On 23 July 2013, the then Attorney-General of Australia, the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP, asked the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to conduct an Inquiry focused on Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks that deny or diminish the equal recognition of people with disability as persons before the law and their ability to exercise legal capacity. The ALRC was asked to consider what if any changes could be made to Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks to address these matters.

This Issues Paper is the first consultation document in the Inquiry. It introduces the range of areas covered by the Terms of Reference and asks questions to assist in the development of reform responses through submissions from stakeholders. The submissions and further consultation rounds will inform the next stages of the process before completion of the Final Report in August 2014.

This paper is also available in an Easy English version.

Submissions close on Monday 20 January 2014. Find out more about making a submission here.

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