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Editorial: Get Involved In Reform

Editorial: Get Involved In Reform

By Adam Wakeling and Andrea de Souza


Get involved in reform. Reading through the Summary Offences Act 1966 (Vic) you may notice some odd offences such as singing an obscene ballad in public or slaughtering or skinning a beast on a public thoroughfare. More significantly, some homosexual behaviour remained illegal in parts of Australia until as recently as 1997. These are reminders that laws can become antiquated over time and the process of engaging in law reform is integral to ensuring our laws are appropriate to our society. There are many reasons for law reform, from microeconomic reform to protecting human rights. There are also many ways that law reform can be initiated – from strategic litigation in the courts, to private members' bills in parliament, to formal public inquiries conducted by peak government law reform agencies such as the Australian Law Reform Commission.

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