Richard Ackland in the Sydney Morning Herald and the editorial in The Australian today comment on the NSW Law Reform Commission recommendation for a statutory cause of action for breach of privacy. Ackland is somewhat bemused about aspects of the report, but doesn’t dismiss the recommendation and the earlier Australian Law Reform Commission proposal, suggesting these and other developments are powerful arguments in favour of an Australian rights charter or bill. The Australian finds the NSWLRC’s proposals “alarming.” This seems a little more welcoming than the response in March to the ALRC report by the paper’s Legal Affairs editor Chris Merritt’s (“outrageous”). Both articles today see lawyers having a field day.
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