About Classification, Censorship & Freedom of Expression
31st August 2012

Arts Law is a strong advocate for freedom of artistic and cultural expression and for legal reforms that create modern and functional safeguards protecting the right to such expression. Arts Law has made numerous submissions in response to reviews of the laws relating to artistic censorship and classification laws. Arts Law recognises the need to guard against strict censorship and classification laws which are unnecessarily restrictive and prevent freedom of artistic expression. On the other hand, Arts Law understands that freedom of expression must be balanced by appropriate safeguards for the protection of children and Indigenous culture and the constraints relating to defamation, copyright, trade practices and other laws. Arts Law advocates for a positive right to artistic expression subject to limits which are just and proportional, and which do not unfairly impede on the creation of legitimate art works. Arts Law takes the position that current debates on a proposed tort for the invasion of privacy, strict classification laws and strict regulation of digital technology must consider the possible disadvantages for freedom of artistic expression.

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A Commonwealth Statutory Cause of Action for Serious Invasion of Privacy
7th November 2011

The Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) is pleased to comment on the Commonwealth Government’s Issues Paper, A Commonwealth Statutory Cause of Action for Serious Invasion of Privacy, (Issues Paper) released in response to the recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC).

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ALRC Classification Review Final Report tabled in Parliament
1st April 2012

On 24 March 2011, Attorney-General Robert McClelland referred the National Classification Scheme to the ALRC and asked it to conduct widespread public consultation across the community and industry.

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ALRC Classification Review Submission - July 2011
15th July 2011

Arts Law has made a submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission's review of the National Classification Scheme as part of the first stage of public consultation to make sure the arts are heard in this debate.

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ALRC Classification Review Submission - November 2011
3rd November 2011

Arts Law's submission to the Law Reform Commission Classification Review.

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ALRC National Classification Review Draft Submission - May 2011
1st May 2011

There have been calls for increased censorship of the arts. Arts Law encourages everyone involved in the arts to consider making a submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission's review of the National Classification Scheme to make sure the arts are heard in this debate.

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Arts Law’s Submission to the Inquiry into Freedom of speech in Australia
9th December 2016

We've put our submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights in relation to the committee’s inquiry into freedom of speech in Australia, outlining our view that current laws are adequately protecting artists.

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Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Terrorist Material) Bill 2007
29th May 2007

This bill proposes to amend the classification laws so that publications, films and computer games will be refused classification if they are deemed to advocate the doing of a terrorist act. Arts Law made a submission on the discussion paper relating to the proposed changes.

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Classification Amendment Bill passes the Senate
28th August 2014

Earlier this afternoon (28 August 2014) the first stage of reforms to the National Classification System passed the Senate.

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Communications Legislation Amendment (Content Services) Act 2007
28th May 2007

The Communications Legislation Amendment (Content Services) Act 2007 (Cth) deals with the regulation of content services delivered over convergent devices.

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Introduction of National Classification System first stage reforms in 2013
12th April 2013

Minister for Home Affairs confirms introduction to Parliament of first stages of National Classification System reforms in 2013.

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JUST ABOUT HERE - first stage of reforms to National Classification System
27th May 2014

The first stage of reforms to the National Classification System is finally here (just about)!

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NSW artistic merit defence
29th January 2010

Arts Law submission to the NSW Department of Justice and Attorney General on proposed changes to artistic merit defence in NSW.

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Protocols for working with children in art
27th November 2008

Arts Law submission to Australia Council for the Arts on the Protocols for working with children in art.

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Review of Australian Privacy Law: Discussion Paper 72
5th November 2007

Arts Law submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission on the Review of the Australian Privacy Law: Discussion Paper 72.

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Review of Freedom of Information Act
5th November 2012

On 31 October 2012 Attorney-General Nicola Roxon announced a review of the effectiveness of the Federal Government's recent Freedom of Information law reforms.

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Robyn Ayres on the Law Report Radio National discusses Freedom of Expression
23rd October 2013

Our Executive Director Robyn Ayres spoke to Radio National Law Report about Freedom of Expression on the 22nd of October.

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Sedition
6th June 2006

Arts Law has been active in campaigning and made a submission in relation to the Government’s sedition laws, considered likely to have a chilling effect on artists across all art forms.

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Senate Inquiry into Classification Submission - March 2011
30th March 2011

If you are interested in the ALRC Review of the National Classification Scheme, you might also like to read Arts Laws Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Australian film & literature classification scheme from March 2011.

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Traditional Rights and Freedoms Inquiry
13th March 2015

Arts Law supports artists' freedom of expression - read our submission to the ALRC Freedoms Inquiry
 

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Wandjina Sculpture
15th August 2011

The controversial Katoomba stone sculpture depicting Wanjina has been vandalised.

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Working with children protocols
3rd February 2010

Arts Law submission to the Australia Council for the Arts about working with children protocols.

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