Justice

The Australian Lawyers Alliance advocates for equality and non-discrimination.

We promote access to justice and equality before the law for all individuals, regardless of their wealth, gender, sexuality, age, ability, race, or religious belief.

Differential treatment of people by the law in a democratic society should only be used sparingly, and not for the purposes for reducing the principle of equality before the law.

We believe that:

  • discrimination has a prejudicial effect on individuals' lives and should not be tolerated;
  • legal protections protecting individuals and groups against discrimination and hate speech based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin must be upheld; and
  • the right to marriage is a right of all people, and should not be afforded only to people in a heterosexual relationship.

We value immensely the right of the individual to personal autonomy in their lives, and to equal treatment under the law.

Below is an overview listing of our justice-related submissions to date:

Submission To Date
Organised Criminal Groups Legislation Discussion Paper

Legislation and Development Review Services

11 May 2018
Judiciary Amendment (Commonwealth
Model Litigant Obligations) Bill 2017
Senate Legal and Constitutional
Affairs Committee
March 2018
Review of the Terrorism (Preventative Detention) Act 2005 Crime and Corruption Commission Queensland 29 March 2018
Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017 and related Bill Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs 2 February 2018

Review of the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017

Supplementary Submission:

  1. Comments on Parliamentary Amendments (submitted 13 March 2018)
Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 22 January 2018
Review of police stop, search and seizure powers, the control order regime and the preventative detention order regime

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

Report

16 October 2017
NSW Government consultation in relation to the civil litigation recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Justice, Strategy and Policy; NSW Department of Justice 4 September 2017

The Future of Public Interest Journalism

And subsequent appearance at public hearing, on 23 November 2017. (Dr Andrew Morrison and Anna Talbot, ALA Legal and Policy Adviser, can be read from p7.)

Senate Select Committee on Public Interest Journalism

Report

15 June 2017
Criminal Code Amendment (Protecting Minors Online) Bill 2017

Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Report

4 May 2017
Proposed amendments to the Health Ombudsman Act 2013 (QLD) Queensland Health 7 April 2017
Case Study 51: policies and procedures of the Commonwealth government in relation to child-protection and child-safety standards, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse (Comments in relation to immigration detention)

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Report

1 March 2017
Letter responding to the proposed Evidence (Tendency and Coincidence) Model Provisions circulated by the Royal Commission in November 2016 Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse 2 December 2016

Criminal Justice: Response to Consultation Paper

And subsequent appearance at public hearing, on 1 December 2016. (Dr Andrew Morrison SC can be read from p24169.)

Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse 31 October 2016
Criminal Code Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders) Bill 2016 Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 12 October 2016
Issues Paper: The civil litigation recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Redress and Civil Litigation Report – understanding the Queensland context Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General October 2016
Community Reporting (Offender Reporting) Amendment Bill: paper outlining concerns Parliament of Tasmania 21 September 2016

Limitation of Actions (institutional Child Sexual Abuse) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 and the Limitation of Actions and Other Legislation (Child Abuse Civil Proceedings) Amendment Bill 2016

Appendix 1

Parliament of Queensland Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee 16 September 2016
Inquiry into the performance of the Queensland Health Ombudsman’s functions pursuant to section 179 of the Health
Ombudsman Act 2013
Health, Communities, Disability Services and
Domestic and Family Violence Prevention
Committee of the Queensland Parliament
8 August 2016

Submission in response to Issues Paper 11 - Catholic Church

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse 1 July 2016
Guardianship Act review NSW Law Reform Commission 8 April 2016

Legislative Council Committee System

NSW Legislative Council Select Committee

on the Legislative Council Committee System

7 April 2016
Issues Paper 8: experiences of police and prosecution responses Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Issues Paper 8; Experience of police and prosecution responses 12 June 2015
Statutory victims of crime compensation schemes: Issues Paper 7 Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse,Issues Paper 7 30 June 2014
Redress Schemes: Issues Paper 6 Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Issues Paper 6 29 May 2014

Access to justice, Feedback on draft inquiry report

Productivity Commission, Inquiry into Access to Justice 28 May 2014
Access to Justice Productivity Commission, Inquiry into Access to Justice 8 November 2013
Preventing Sexual Abuse of Children in Out-Of-Home Care: Issues Paper 4 Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Issues Paper 4 1 November 2013
Towards Healing: Issues Paper 2 Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Issues Paper 2 4 September 2013