THE Australian Law Reform Commission is in dire need of funding, a Senate Inquiry has found. After a Senate inquiry into the ALRC, a report released 8 April recommends that the federal government restore the ALRC’s budget cuts for the next few years “as a matter of urgency”.
The ALRC’s budget was cut by $242,000 in the 2010-11 financial year and by $495,000 annually in previous years. As a result of the cuts, the ALRC could only afford to have one full-time commissioner, president Rosalind Croucher, its education outreach program was discontinued and travel expenditure was reduced.
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