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Domestic and Family Violence Issues - Policy or Law Reform?

Discussion in 'Australian Law School Homework Questions' started by mon1984, 24 September 2015.

  1. mon1984

    mon1984 Member

    24 September 2015
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    I am having trouble distinguishing between a policy issue and a law reform issue for Domestic and Family Violence law reform report.

    The issue of breaches of ADVOs - is this a policy or law reform issue?

    I am under the impression a policy is what the government intends on doing about something? Or their actions towards something?

    Any help would be great or some examples.

    Thank you.
  2. Rod

    Rod Well-Known Member

    27 May 2014
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    Policy, in the legal sense, is the big picture legal view of a social/individual rights issue, and what you want to achieve using the legal system.

    Law reform is about changing the law so the objectives of the policy can be achieved. Policy first, law reform (if needed) follows.
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