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 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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This research paper examines e-petitions introduced  in  Queensland, Scotland, UK, Germany and the USA and how these have enhanced community engagement with their parliaments in the petitioning process.

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This paper discusses Victorian working women, human rights in the workplace and policy questions to promote greater gender equality for working women.

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This Research Note provides an overview of the Hon. Frank Vincent AO QC’s Review of the Witness Protection Act 1991 (‘the Vincent Review’) and a timeline of the history of Victoria’s Witness Protection Act.

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Examines the rooming house sector in Victoria and the proposed legislation to establish a ‘fit and proper person’ test for rooming house operators. Also a timeline, statistics, media articles and regulations in other jurisdictions.

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Background on medicinal cannabis, including recent policy and research and the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s recommendations in the 2015 Medicinal Cannabis report.

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This Research Note provides information on the development of assisted reproductive technology (ART) legislation in Victoria and donor-conception legislation in other jurisdictions.

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