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 Note provides background information on the development of firearm legislation and regulations in Victoria and changes in the Bill.

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This Research Note (no. 3) will examine the proposed changes to hoon driving laws, with reference to the legislative framework in selected other jurisdictions.

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This Research Note includes proposed changes to drug driving legislation, a history of roadside drug testing and information about the drug ‘ice’.

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This Research Note focuses on the Bill’s financial oversight provisions for non-government schools, including an overview of the closures of 3 schools in 2012.


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This Research Note presents a comparison of legislative provisions across Australian states and territories dealing specifically with limitation periods for civil actions for personal injuries relating to children and wrongful death.

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This Research Note provides information on exclusion zones, in response to the Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Safe Access) Bill 2015, introduced as a Private Member’s Bill in the Legislative Council.

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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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