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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An analysis of the 2014 Victorian state election. This paper provides an overview of the election campaign, major policies, opinion polls data, the outcome of the election in both houses, and voter turnout. It also includes voting figures for each Assembly District and Council Region.

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The 2015 Briefing Book provides an overview for Members of issues under portfolio areas that were prominent during the 57th Parliament. 

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These Research Notes provide an overview of road safety initiatives in Victoria, as well as background issues, statistics and media on alcohol interlock devices, drink and drug driving, and the proposed new motorcycle graduated licensing system.

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This Research Brief provides background information on the Bill, the history of medical cannabis use, the efficacy and safety of cannabis as a medical treatment, current regulations in Australia and legalisation in other jurisdictions.

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This Research Brief provides an overview of the Bill, information about the establishment of the IBAC and other integrity reforms, a summary of the special report following IBAC's first year and information on the NSW ICAC.

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This publication assesses the political impact of the new Victorian electoral boundaries, proclaimed on 17 October 2013. The new boundaries will be used for the first time at the November 2014 state election.

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This Research Note provides an overview of the BTEX related provisions of the Bill, as well as introductory and background material on BTEX compounds and hydraulic fracturing.

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This Research Note presents background information on one-punch assault causing death laws, including analysis of the experiences of NSW and WA in introducing one-punch offences, sentencing statistics, and analysis of the key provisions of the Bill.

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This Research Brief provides an overview of the Bill, which abolishes the offence of defensive homicide, including the current situation, outcomes of government reviews, and feedback from key stakeholders.

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Information on the Coalition Government's baseline sentencing policy, Victoria's current sentencing framework and the Sentencing Advisory Council's report on baseline sentencing.

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