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On 23 September 2011, the Australian Government released an issues paper on the right to sue for serious invasion of personal privacy.

The paper invited comments to inform its response to the Australian Law Reform Commission's recommendations to introduce a statutory cause of action (a right to sue created by law) for serious invasions of privacy of natural persons. A 'natural person' is an individual as distinct from a 'legal person', which in law would extend to corporations among others.

The paper considers whether Australia should introduce a statutory cause of action for privacy and, if so, what elements it might include.

The paper considers the analysis of the Australian, Victorian and New South Wales Law Reform Commissions, and the policy context and current legal positions in Australia and comparable jurisdictions.

The submissions received, other than those provided on a confidential basis, are available below.