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When a final will and testament is not final

South Australians are being given their say on the state’s family inheritance laws as part of a major review aimed at bringing those laws into the 21st century. The review – being conducted by the independent South Australian Law Reform Institute, based at the University of Adelaide – will address some issues with the current […]

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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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Law reform needed to protect privacy in a digital age

More than 40 years after they were first recommended for South Australia, the need for new laws to protect personal privacy has again been championed, this time in the digital age. The independent South Australian Law Reform Institute, based at the University of Adelaide, on 15 March 2016 handed over its Final Report to the […]

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Gender registration should be as easy as changing names

South Australia should have a system that allows adults to change their registered sex or gender by a simple application to the Office of Births, Deaths and Marriages, according to law experts. The recommendation – including the need for safeguards to protect the integrity of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Register – is among the […]

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Reform Needed For Courtroom Witness Oaths

Swearing to tell the truth ‘so help me God’ while holding a copy of the Bible would become a thing of the past for witnesses in South Australia’s courts if the recommendations of a new report are adopted. The South Australian Law Reform Institute based at the Adelaide University Law School, was asked by the […]

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