2017

In 2017, our core federal areas include:

  • Access to justice;
  • Comcare;
  • Insurance and superannuation;
  • 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.

Further information about our federal areas can be viewed under 'Our Work'.

Here, we provide an overview listing of all submissions provided in 2017.

Submission To Date

Privacy

Access to telecommunications data in civil proceedings: Response to Consultation Paper circulated by the Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Communication and the Arts

Attorney General's Department and the Department of Communications and the Arts 27 January 2017

NDIS

The provision of hearing services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS 30 January 2017

Immigration rights

Inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes

Appendix (Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants' End of Mission to Australia Statement)

Joint Standing Committee on Migration 31 January 2017

Human rights

Inquiry into whistleblower protections in the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors (redacted)

Joint Committee
on Corporations and Financial Services
10 February 2017

NDIS

The provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition

Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS 27 February 2017

Royal Commission

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 1 March 2017

Insurance and superannuation

An inquiry into consumer protection in the banking, insurance and financial sector

Senate Standing Committees on Economics 7 March 2017

NDIS

Review of National Disability Insurance Scheme Costs

Productivity Commission 24 March 2017

Insurance and superannuation

Submission to the ISWG's discussion paper Account balance erosion due to insurance premiums

The Insurance in Superannuation Working Group (ISWG) 7 April 2017

Human rights

Racial Discrimination Amendment Bill 2016

Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

12 April 2017

Social welfare

Design, scope, cost-benefit analysis, contracts awarded and implementation associated with the Better Management of the Social Welfare System initiative ('Robodebt')

And subsequent appearance at public hearing, on 18 May 2017. (Greg Barns and Anna Talbot can be read from p16.)

Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs 19 April 2017

Human rights

Women in Combat Duties - Reservation Withdrawal

Joint Standing Committee on Treaties 20 April 2017

Compensation

Review of the Motor Vehicle Accidents (Lifetime Support Scheme) Act 2013 (SA)

Parliament of South Australia Social Development Committee

21 April 2017

Human rights

Review of ASIO's questioning and detention powers

And subsequent appearance at public hearing, on 16 June 2017. (Anna Talbot, ALA Legal and Policy Adviser, can be read from p17.)

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

26 April 2017

Workplace Health and Safety (Queensland)

Best practice review of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Supplementary Submission:

  1. Supplementary Submission regarding Best Practice Review of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (submitted June 2017)
Queensland Government May 2017

Human rights

Inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade 3 May 2017

Criminal justice

Criminal Code Amendment (Protecting Minors Online) Bill 2017

Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs 4 May 2017

Human rights

Open letter calling for Australia's ratification of the Optional Protocol to the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (signed with Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and other civil society organisations)

Senator the Hon George Brandis QC and the Hon Julie Bishop MP 5 May 2017

Human rights

Human Rights Inquiry into a Queensland Human Rights Act

Queensland Attorney General 5 May 2017

Human rights

Australia: review of fifth periodic report

United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 5 May 2017

Compensation

Review of the Lifetime Care and Support Scheme

NSW Parliament Standing Committee on Law and Justice 5 May 2017

Insurance and superannuation

Submission to the ISWG's discussion paper Claims handling

The Insurance in Superannuation Working Group (ISWG) 10 May 2017

Insurance and superannuation

Submission to the ISWG's discussion paper Member communication and engagement

The Insurance in Superannuation Working Group (ISWG) 2 June 2017

Freedom of speech

The Future of Public Interest Journalism

Senate Select Committee on Public Interest Journalism 15 June 2017

NDIS

National Disability Insurance Scheme Costs

Productivity Commission 12 July 2017

Surety Bond

Independent review of the Surety Bond scheme

KPMG 12 July 2017

Immigration rights

Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee 21 July 2017