Research Papers

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The DPS Parliamentary Library Research Service provides research support to Members of the Victorian Parliament. The Service’s publications are:
· Research Papers, which provide in-depth coverage and detailed analysis of key topics;
· Current Issues Briefs, which provide an overview of a subject in legislative, portfolio, or policy areas; and,
· Research Briefs, which provide analysis and description of current bills.
The views expressed in Research Service publications are those of the author(s). Contact details appear at the rear of each paper.
(nb. Readers should note that the information contained in Research Service publications is current at the time of their release. For information on bills as enacted visit the Victorian Legislation & Parliamentary Documents website.)

Parliamentary Research publications are released under a Creative Commons licence. Any content republished must be attributed to the author and not be altered, transformed, or built upon, nor used for commercial purposes without our permission  (see details here).

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This research brief provides an overview of the Bill's main provisions, background information on climate change, an overview of the government's White Paper Action Plan, stakeholder responses, and legislation in other jurisdictions.
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This research brief provides an overview of the background to the Traditional Owner Settlement Bill (2010), an outline of the main provisions of the Bill, stakeholder responses, and policy positions in other jurisdictions.
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This introductory paper examines the law and practice of parliamentary privilege in Australia and in other jurisdictions. The paper also contains a discussion of the historical background to parliamentary privilege, defines the key elements of privilege, and examines the issues and tensions associated with parliamentary privilege.
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A discussion of the Electoral Amendment (Electoral Participation) Bill 2010, including an overview of the Electoral Matters Committee report on its Inquiry into Voter Participation and Informal Voting (2009) and a comparison of electoral procedures in other Australian jurisdictions.

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A discussion of the Civil Procedure Bill 2010. This Research Brief provides an overview of the Attorney-General's second reading speech, outlines the key recommendations of the Review relevant to the Bill, provides an explanation of some of the key provisions in the Bill, and briefly mentions the opinions of various stakeholders regarding the reforms. The final section covers developments in other jurisdictions, focusing on the reform process in the United Kingdom. A brief summary of other Australian jurisdictions is also provided, including a review of a 2009 High Court decision approving of recent reforms in civil litigation.
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This research brief provides an overview of the background to the Supported Residential Services (Private Proprietors) Bill 2010, an outline of the Bill's main provisions and a comparative analysis of the proposed legislation with other jurisdictions.
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Research Brief Number 7, May 2010

A discussion of the Transport Legislation Amendment (Ports Integration) Bill 2010, including an overview of government port management policy since 1995, the contribution of the port industry to the Victorian economy, and the proposed development of the Port of Hastings.

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Research Brief Number 6, May 2010

A discussion of the Domestic Animals Amendment (Dangerous Dogs) Bill 2010, including a background of the Act relating to dog owner responsibility, research on dog bite injury and restricted-breed legislation, views of stakeholders and a discussion of the issues relating to dangerous dog legislation in other jurisdictions.

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Research Brief Number 8, June 2010

This research brief provides an overview of the background to the Control of Weapons Amendment Bill 2010, an outline of the Bill's mains provisions, a discussion of youth knife carriage and a comparative analysis of the proposed legislation with other jurisdictions.

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Research Paper Number 1, 2010.

A ranking of Victorian Legislative Council Regions by selected demographic and socio-economic data drawn from the 2006 Census of Population and Housing held on August 8, 2006

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