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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Research Brief Number 5, April 2010

A discussion of the Members of Parliament (Standards) Bill 2010 which repeals the Members of Parliament (Register of Interests) Act 1978, including an overview of the Law Reform Committee's review of the Act, and a comparison of parliamentary standards legislation in other jurisdictions.

2010-04-29
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Research Brief Number 4, March 2010

A discussion of the Equal Opportunity Bill 2010, which repeals the Equal Opportunity Act 1995 and responds to the Gardner Report and the SARC Inquiry. This paper provides an overview of the main changes to the law relating to equal opportunity. </p></td>

2010-03-29
187.58 KB

Research Brief Number 3, February 2010

A discussion of the Education and Training Reform Amendment Bill 2009, including background to the regulation of the teaching profession, a summary of issues arising from the review of the Victorian Institute of Teaching, and a comparison of teacher regulatory bodies in other jurisdictions.

2010-02-28
76.27 KB

Research Brief Number 1, Feburary 2010

A discussion of the Magistrates' Court Amendment (Mental Health List) Bill 2009 including information about the prevalence of mental impariments in the justice system, the development of mental health courts and their use in other Australian jurisdictions.

2010-02-10
149.47 KB

Current Issues Brief Number 1, December 2009

An overview paper, which updates climate change, providing recent findings of research conducted by climate scientists world-wide. Key data presented on carbon dioxide emissions, global surface temperatures and sea level rise, with a brief guide to the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

2009-12-15
341.2 KB

Research Brief Number 9, November 2009

A discussion of the Education and Training Reform Amendment (Overseas Students) Bill 2009  including an overview of the international education industry, current issues, stakeholder views and relevant laws in other jurisdictions.

2009-11-28
96.54 KB

Research Brief Number 8, November 2009

A discussion of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Victoria) Bill 2009 including background to the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for Health Professions, issues arising during the public consultation process and stakeholder views.

2009-11-15
95.89 KB

Research Brief Number 7, October 2009

A discussion of the Sentencing Amendment Bill 2009, hate crimes, and sentencing in Victoria and other jurisdictions.

2009-10-15
111.22 KB

Research Brief Number 6, September 2009

A discussion of the Liquor Control Reform Amendment (Licensing) Bill 2009, the main provisions of the Bill, background information and licensing laws in other jurisdictions.

2009-09-15
209.45 KB

Research Brief Number 5, August 2009

A discussion of the Casino Legislation Amendment Bill 2009, changes to the management agreement for the Melbourne casino and other matters.

2009-08-14
123.2 KB