The cost of incarceration of Indigenous Australians in 2016 was estimated at A$3.9 billion.
Fines for minor infringements and offensive language crimes are among laws that create a cycle of poverty and disadvantage for Indigenous Australians.
Most people against recognising Aboriginal customary law think there’s only one law in Australia.
Few in Australia understand the context and true meaning of customary law. Denials of its validity are often based on ignorance or on specific examples devoid of context.
Has anything changed in the 30 years since the ALRC’s Recognition of Aboriginal Customary Laws report?
The Recognition of Aboriginal Customary Laws examined the interaction between two legal systems – one based in British law and the other in the customary laws of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia.
Country provides a site where Aboriginal and mainstream forms of law can come together and have dialogue – an outcome made possible by Eddie Mabo (L).
The ALRC report made some useful recommendations about how settler law could deal more fairly with Aboriginal people by taking their traditions and customs into account.
An inquiry into elder abuse will look at legislative measures to protect elderly Australians while protecting their rights and freedoms.
With incidence of elder abuse, mostly within families, on the rise, the government is looking for much-needed legislative measures to combat it.
Contracts are everywhere, but do you read the fine print?
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A push to make contracts easier for consumers never went anywhere, so it's time the issue was revisited.
The Law Reform Commission has likely given George Brandis much more than he was expecting in the review of rights-limiting laws that he asked for.
The federal government has to be on the back foot after a Law Reform Commission report identified that It has been the champion of many rights-limiting laws.
Those who’ve had their digital privacy violated should have legal rights too.
The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) yesterday recommended introducing new laws that would give a legal remedy for serious invasions of privacy. Unfortunately, the federal government has already…
Who will keep our selfies safe?
Never mind the celebrities; let’s say you and I had naked photos of ourselves (selfie-steams) floating in Apple’s iCloud. If somehow those photos were exposed, we would have little recourse under Australia’s…
With cabinet appearing to have sat on the proposal for a privacy tort, Stephen Conroy’s move to refer it to the Australian Law Reform Commission may effectively consign it to oblivion.
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has indicated the federal government will not be introducing a “privacy tort” in the near future. Instead, it will refer questions about the tort back to the Australian…
Law reform is required to ensure Australian universities remain competitive say educators.
Law reform is required to support innovation and enable Australian universities to compete with the rest of the world in…
Optus has exhausted its legal avenues to appeal against a decision finding it breached copyright on its TV Now service. But should the issue of technology neutrality be reviewed?
A legal decision which forced Optus to shut down its time shifting service TV Now may eventually lead to reform of existing copyright law to cater for cloud technology. On Friday, the High Court denied…