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Partial defence of provocation in homicide to be abolished

The independent South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) based at the Adelaide Law School welcomes the recent announcement by the Attorney-General, the Hon Vickie Chapman MP, that the State Government will introduce legislation abolishing the partial defence of provocation in homicide by the end of the year. The Attorney-General said that this measure will form […]

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Relationships Register a leap forward for diverse families

Adelaide researchers have welcomed the official start of a new Relationships Register for South Australia, which now gives all couples in the State an equal chance to have their relationships recognised under law. Starting this week, the Relationships Register provides a new avenue for couples – regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity – to […]

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Murder defence should not be linked to “gay panic”

Reforms to South Australian criminal law have been proposed in a new report on the issue of provocation. The independent South Australian Law Reform Institute, based at the University of Adelaide, has now finalised stage 1 of a two-stage report into provocation. The current law in South Australia allows the partial defence of provocation, which […]

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Caitlyn Georgeson – SBS Student and Rising Star of the Year Award

LLB and BA student Caitlyn Georgeson has been awarded the SBS Student and Rising Star of the Year Award at the 2017 Australian LGBTI Awards. Caitlyn has served on the University of Adelaide Student Representative Council as Queer Officer and established Pride Club, a community that runs social events for LGBTI students and their friends. […]

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Law Reform Institute’s recommendations enacted into law

On 15 December 2016, three important Acts that enhance the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) South Australians received Royal Assent after passing the South Australian Parliament. These laws implement some of the key recommendations made by the South Australian Law Reform Institute as part of its major reference to review […]

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South Australian Law Reform Institute – 2016 overview: a fruitful year

As 2016 draws to a close, the South Australian Law Reform Institute can reflect on an extremely busy, but fruitful, year. With the completion of a number of significant reports and the passage of legislation that implemented many of its recommendations, the Institute is pleased with the contribution it is making to the law and […]

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Law Reform Institute thanks LGBTIQ community support

On 6 December 2016, the independent South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) hosted an event at the Adelaide Law School to thank the many individuals, organisations and law students who have generously supported and contributed to the Institute’s most recent reference. That reference asked SALRI to examine the South Australian laws that discriminate on the […]

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Births, Deaths and Marriages (Gender Identity) Amendment Bill 2016 introduced in response to Law Reform Institute’s Report

On 10 February 2016, the independent South Australian Law Reform Institute, based at the Adelaide University Law School, released its Report on the legal recognition of sex and gender under South Australian law as part of its broader reference to examine South Australian laws that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender […]

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‘No South Australian should face discrimination’: Passage of Statutes Amendment (Gender Identity and Equity) Act 2016

The Statutes Amendment (Gender Identity and Equity) Act 2016 passed the South Australian Parliament with broad support and received Royal Assent on 4 August 2016. The Act will come into force at a later date. The Act amends various statutes ‘to remove discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer South Australians’. The Act closely […]

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Balancing fairness and freedom in SA’s Equal Opportunity Laws

On 30 June 2016, the independent South Australian Law Reform Institute, based at the Adelaide University Law School, released its Report, ‘“Lawful Discrimination”: Exceptions under the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA) to unlawful discrimination on the grounds of gender identity, sexual orientation and intersex status’. This Report is part of the Institute’s wider reference to […]

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