ALRC Brief

December 2011

In this issue

  1. From the President's desk
  2. Current Inquiries update
  3. Kirby Cup winners
  4. Reform roundup
  5. ALRC legal intern program
  6. The law reform process
  7. Kirby AC CMG—Emeritus Chairman
  8. Vale Robert Alexander Hayes (1942-2011)


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From the President's desk

This is the final ALRC Brief for 2011. It has been a massive year for the ALRC—we’ve completed two inquiries, Discovery of Documents in Federal Courts and Commonwealth Laws and Family Violence, released two Discussion Papers and five Issues Papers, moved offices, and been the subject of a major review by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Reference Committee. I am extremely happy to report that we are still standing! Our energy and commitment are as strong as ever ...


Current inquiries update

Earlier in the year, the Attorney-General announced an upcoming inquiry for the ALRC, a review of Australian copyright law. And on 9 December the Attorney-General also announced that the ALRC will undertake a review of federal legislation to identify provisions that create barriers to older people participating in productive work. The Terms or Reference for both inquiries are yet to be finalised, but we anticipate receiving them in early 2012.

On 30 November, the Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws inquiry team delivered its Final Report to the Attorney-General. Under the ALRC Act, the Government now has 15  ...


Kirby Cup winners

Congratulations to the joint winners of the 2011 Kirby Cup, Melchor Inigo Raval, from Monash University and Tyler Fox, from the University of Newcastle.

Tyler Fox is studying a Bachelor of Laws and his winning entry, Breaking the Internet, examined the current laws in Australia particularly as they pertain to copyright and privacy and canvassed a number of possible law reform responses to the problems raised. Melchor Raval is a student in the School ...


Reform roundup

The big news in recent months, in terms of ALRC-related law reform, was the issue of the Australian Government’s formal response to the ALRC’s Final Report (tabled August 2004) for its inquiry into gene patenting, Genes and Ingenuity: Gene patenting and human health (ALRC Report 99), on 23 November 2011 ...


ALRC Intern program

In the recent round of applications for the internship program, the ALRC received a record 128 applications. In the new year, the five successful applicants will be working with ALRC legal officers on the upcoming Copyright and Age Discrimination Inquiries. They are ...


The law reform process

To assist our various communities to gain a better understanding of the ways that the ALRC goes about inquiry work, we have added to our website a description of the law reform process. Speaking with intern applicants, inquiry stakeholders, journalists, and even government officers, we’ve realised that there is sometimes a lack of understanding about the law reform process, and the ALRC’s specific inquiry framework.


Kirby AC CMG—Emeritus Chairman

As a particular mark of respect, admiration and affection, the ALRC proudly conferred on Michael Kirby the honorary title of ‘Chairman Emeritus’, acknowledging his role as inaugural Chairman of the ALRC, from 1975 to 1984. This is the first time in the ALRC’s 36-year history that such an honour has been conferred. The gathering of ALRC colleagues, Kirby Cup recipients and their families was an ideal occasion to present Kirby with his testamur, adding to his astonishing collection of honorary degrees and other prestigious awards.


Vale Robert Alexander Hayes (1942-2011)

On 20 November 2011, Dr Robert Alexander Hayes, a former Commissioner of the ALRC, passed away in Sydney after a long illness.

Robert Hayes was an Associate Professor of Law at UWS and UNSW and was a much admired law teacher. In 1971 Robert played an important role in the creation of the Law School at the University of New South Wales, and helped to change institutional thinking about teaching law. The faculty created by Robert Hayes and Professor Hal Wootten championed small-class teaching in the Socratic model and enforced student participation ...


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