Research Papers

A selection of Research Papers are available on Parliament’s new BETA website.
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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 Heritage Note looks at the eight-hour day movement in Victoria, including the role played by a stonemasons’ strike at Parliament House in 1856.

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This paper highlights parliamentary independence as being vital to democracy. It offers insights into how the Victorian Parliament and Government can strengthen parliamentary independence and democracy in Victoria.

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This research paper provides an overview of youth justice in Victoria, including recent trends, the underlying causes of youth offending and current issues the youth justice system is experiencing.

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This research paper provides an examination of Victorian electricity and gas energy sources, markets and current issues facing consumers, participants, regulators and governments.

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A jurisdictional comparison of legislation affecting Uber and other Transportation Network Companies within Australia and internationally and comment on related issues, including TNC business models, impact on stakeholders and government responses.

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This Research Note examines the background to the amendments and changes: the removal of the requirements for both surgery and for an applicant to be unmarried, and the provision for non-binary sex descriptors to be used on birth certificates.

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This Heritage note looks at early Victorian liquor legislation, the temperance movement and the circumstances that led to six o’clock closing during the First World War.
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This Heritage note looks at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, starting with the selection of Melbourne as host city in 1949 through to the successful staging of the first Olympics held in the southern hemisphere.
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The reporting of proceedings of the early Victorian Parliament was first carried out by the Melbourne newspapers, until 1866, when the Victorian Parliament took over the role of producing the official Hansard.

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This Research Paper by Parliamentary Library Fellow Dr Tom Barnes, explains the significance of the winding down of local car manufacturing operations and the impact this will have in Victoria.

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