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, 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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This paper includes a history of the development of the Bill, some of the main provisions of the Bill concerning patient rights, compulsory treatment and external review and an overview of mental health legislation in other Australian states.

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Background material on the Family and Community Development Committee Inquiry into Child Abuse in Victoria, the Cummins Inquiry, the current legislative framework around the protection of children, and legislation in other jurisdictions.

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An overview of the Bill, including background to existing move-on powers and feedback from key stakeholders. Move-on powers in other jurisdictions are also considered, particularly those in Queensland, New South Wales and the United Kingdom.

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This Research Paper provides an introduction and overview of issues relevant to the development of unconventional gas - coal seam, shale and tight gas - in the Australian and specifically Victorian context.

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