Seminar: "The Future of Australian Law Reform - Constitutional and Immigration Issues"

18 June 2019

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) and the University of Melbourne Law School co-hosted a panel discussion at the MLS campus on the future of legal and constitutional reform in Australia. The discussion progressed the ALRC’s new project,  which is seeking public input to assist in identifying areas of Australian law that may benefit from reform. The project generally will be broad-ranging and will consider suggestions relating to any area of law.

This panel event focused on issues relating to the Australian Constitution and immigration. The ALRC has identified these two issues as cross-cutting themes in previous ALRC inquiries. The Australian Constitution has frequently presented challenges for the effective functioning of the legal system, or has constrained options for law reform. There is also significant concern with the unwieldy nature of the immigration legal framework – the Migration Act is one of the largest pieces of Commonwealth legislation, and has been amended frequently.

ConTransNet Co-Convenor, Laureate Professor Cheryl Saunders, participated as a panel speaker exploring aspects of constitutional law that are ripe for future reform. Other participants included co-hosts Professor Matthew Harding, Deputy Dean of Melbourne Law School, and Justice John Middleton, Commissioner with the ALRC, as well as Professor Susan Kneebone,Ms Katie Robertson, and Prof Adrienne Stone.

Discussions and suggestions made at the event will be considered by the ALRC in developing a proposed multi-year programme of law reform inquiries for the consideration of the Commonwealth Attorney-General.