2016

In 2016, our core federal policy areas included:

  • Access to justice;
  • Counter-terrorism legislation;
  • Migration and asylum;
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS); and
  • Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and related state-based legislative change;
  • Insurance and superannuation.

Here is an overview listing of all submissions provided in 2016.

Submission To Date

Vilification laws (NSW)

Vilification laws in NSW

NSW Department of Justice 8 January 2016

National Injury Insurance Scheme

Inquiry into a fair and balanced model for implementing the National Injury Insurance Scheme

Queensland Parliament
Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee
8 January 2016

Human Rights

A Human Rights Act for Queensland

Queensland Parliament Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee April 2016

Access to justice

Legislative Council Committee System

NSW Legislative Council Select Committee

on the Legislative Council Committee System

7 April 2016

Human rights

Indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment

Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs 8 April 2016

Access to justice

Guardianship Act review

NSW Law Reform Commission 8 April 2016

Compensation

Regulation of pre-injury average weekly earnings

NSW State Insurance Regulatory Authority 8 April 2016

Scrutiny of financial advice

Additional terms of reference - submission on life insurance industry

Senate Standing Committee on Economics 15 April 2016

National Injury Insurance Scheme

Submission on the National Injury Insurance Scheme (Queensland) Bill 2016

Queensland Parliament Education, Tourism, Innovation and Small Business Committee May 2016

Compensation

First review of Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance scheme

NSW Standing Committee on Law and Justice 13 May 2016

Compensation

Third party claims on compensation money

NSW Law Reform Commission 25 May 2016

Royal Commission

Submission in response to Issues Paper 11 - Catholic Church

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse 1 July 2016

National Injury Insurance Scheme

Submission on the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation (National Injury Insurance Scheme) Amendment Bill 2016

Queensland Parliament Education, Tourism, Innovation and Small Business Committee July 2016

Insurance

Preliminary submission - commissions and payments review

Australian Bankers Association Independent review
of product sales commissions
and product based payments
29 July 2016

Insurance

Joint letter to CTP Panel - NSW CTP insurance scheme reform

NSW CTP Reform Reference Panel 29 July 2016

Access to justice

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

Insurance

Joint letter to CTP Panel - NSW CTP insurance scheme reform

NSW CTP Reform Reference Panel 23 August 2016

Insurance

Legal Profession response to CTP Reform Consultation Observations

NSW CTP Reform Reference Panel

CTP Reform Consultation Observations - 2 September 2016

9 September 2016

Limitations Periods

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

Insurance

Review of the Queensland CTP Scheme

Motor Accident Insurance Commission 16 September 2016

Criminal Justice

Community Reporting (Offender Reporting) Amendment Bill: paper outlining concerns

Parliament of Tasmania 21 September 2016

Human Rights

Joint Submission for the United Kingdom's Universal Periodic Review in 2017

United Nations Human Rights Council September 2016

Child Abuse

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

Law reform

Review of draft Bill to implement proposal for reform of s6 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1946

Law Reform and Sentencing Council Secretariat, Strategy and Policy Unit, NSW Department of Justice 5 October 2016

Workers compensation (NSW)

First review of the workers’ compensation scheme

Standing Committee on Law and Justice 10 October 2016

Criminal Justice

Criminal Code Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders) Bill 2016

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security 12 October 2016

Workers' compensation (SA)

Inquiry into the Return to Work Act 2014 (SA) and Scheme

SA Occupational Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Committee

Report

31 October 2016

Royal Commission

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

Asylum Seekers

Serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in relation to the Nauru Regional Processing Centre, and any like allegations in relation to the Manus Regional Processing Centre

Appendix 1 and Appendix 2

And ALA's subsequent appearance before the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee, on 15 November 2016.

Supplementary submission:

  1. Risk of child sexual abuse in offshore immigration detention (submitted on 16 March 2017)

Appendix to supplementary submission

2. Urgent: risk of cadmium poisoning on Nauru (submitted on 24 February 2017)

Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

7 November 2016

Asylum Seekers

Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2016 [Provisions]

Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs 14 November 2016

Financial Services

Inquiry into the life insurance industry

And subsequent appearance at public hearing, on 24 February 2017. (Josh Mennen, ALA spokesperson on insurance and superannuation, can be read from p18.)

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services 18 November 2016

Compensation

Joint letter in response to the Government’s Discussion Paper Reforming Insurer Profit in CTP Motor Vehicle Insurance

NSW State Insurance Regulatory Authority 25 November 2016

Workers compensation (NSW)

Joint letter regarding the first review of the workers' compensation scheme

Standing Committee on Law and Justice, NSW Legislative Council 30 November 2016

Royal Commission

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

Police oversight (Victoria)

Review into Victoria's Police oversight system

Integrity Reform Team, Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet 8 December 2016

Human Rights

Inquiry into the freedom of speech in Australia

And subsequent appearance at public hearing, on 1 February 2017. (Anna Talbot, ALA Legal and Policy Adviser, can be read from p27.)

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights 9 December 2016