: Alternative Law Journal - An Australian referreed law journal

Alternative Law Journal:
an Australian, refereed law journal

Welcome to the Alternative Law Journal! Here you can sample our journal with free previews (under the ‘News & Views’ menu). To purchase the full journal — with our signature mix of legal news, opinions, articles, as well as regular columns, art and cartoons — please visit our subscription page.

The AltLJ, focusing on

  • social justice, human rights and law reform
  • critique of the legal system
  • developments in alternative practice
  • community legal education

The back catalogue (to 2000) is also available, free, for a limited time on our new Sage website.

News & Views

Protection from torture and other serious human rights violations

Philip Lynch
Federal

In a rare piece of good news on the legal protection of asylum seekers, the federal government passed the Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection) Bill 2011 on 
19 September 2011.

(2011) 36(4) AltLJ 279

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It’s time to strengthen Australia’s equality laws

Rachel Ball
Federal

On 22 September 2011 the Attorney General and Minister for Finance and Deregulation released a public discussion paper to seek community views on the consolidation of Federal anti-discrimination laws.

(2011) 36(4) AltLJ 279

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Violation of rights of non-citizens and protection of families

Philip Lynch
Federal

In a landmark case brought by the HRLC, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has held that Australia violated the human rights of a permanent resident, and breached its international legal obligations, by cancelling his visa and deporting him to Sweden.

(2011) 36(4) AltLJ 279

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An end to the ‘Malaysia Solution’

Tania Penovic
Federal

On 13 October 2011, the federal government abandoned its plans to introduce the Migration Legislation Amendment (Offshore Processing and Other Measures) Bill 2011. The Bill sought to facilitate the implementation of Australia’s cooperative transfer arrangement with Malaysia concluded on 25 July 2011. Under the non-binding arrangement, 800 asylum seekers who have travelled to Australia by boat without visa documentation (or been intercepted at sea en route to Australia) would be transferred to Malaysia. Australia would in turn, over a four year period, resettle 4000 refugees currently living in Malaysia.

(2011) 36(4) AltLJ 280

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Australia appoints first Global Ambassador 
for Women and Girls

Philip Lynch
Federal

The Gillard government announced career diplomat Penny Williams as Australia’s first Global Ambassador for Women and Girls.

(2011) 36(4) AltLJ 280

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Survivors of people trafficking

Christine Carolan
Federal

In 2011, two important reports were released on the human rights and needs of survivors of people trafficking. First, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, issued a Report to the Human Rights Council that analysed the right of trafficked persons to an effective remedy. Second, the US Department of State released its annual ‘Trafficking in Persons Report’.

(2011) 36(4) AltLJ 280

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Unique Youth Justice Report combines human rights and best practice

Sean Costello, Brianna Mcgill & Gabrielle Mckinnon
ACT

In July 2011, the ACT Human Rights Commission released its Report ‘The ACT Youth Justice System 2011’ which includes an inquiry into the youth justice system by the Children & Young People Commissioner and a Human Rights Audit of the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre by the Human Rights & Discrimination Commissioner.

(2011) 36(4) AltLJ 281

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Review of suspended sentencing in the ACT

Simon Rice
ACT

In 2010 the ACT Attorney-General, Mr Simon Corbell MLA, asked the Law Reform Advisory Council (‘LRAC’) to report on the use of suspended sentences in the ACT. The referral was made in response to 2009 Australian Bureau of Statistics data which showed an increase in the number of orders in the ACT Supreme Court for fully suspended sentences of imprisonment.

(2011) 36(4) AltLJ 282

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Residential Tenancy Databases: more about landlords, less about tenants?

Anne Macduff
ACT

Residential Tenancy Databases (‘RTDs’) are used by real estate agents and landlords to share information about ‘problem’ tenants. One concern about RTDs is that the information they contain is sometimes false, ambiguous, out of date or inaccurate. Such information can prevent a tenant securing future housing. There have also been concerns that RTDs are not compliant with the National Privacy Principles.

(2011) 36(4) AltLJ 282

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Victims of Crime Assistance

Roger Grime
ACT

The genesis of the ACT branch of Victims Of Crime Assistance League (‘VOCAL’) was heralded by the killing of a child, Grant Cameron, at the Duffy Primary School Fete in 1987. The victim’s parents were devastated when they were officially told, without any prior consultation, that the primary offender, also a child, had pleaded guilty to manslaughter. In their own words they were shocked, hurt, betrayed and angry. But, they also felt they were powerless to do anything and that they were letting their son down.

(2011) 36(4) AltLJ 282

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