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On This Day: Establishment of the “White Australia” Policy

Over the last few years, the Law Library of Congress has published a number of reports related to the immigration and citizenship laws of various countries. For example, I’ve written reports about Australia’s points-based immigration system, guest worker programs, investor visas, and pathways to citizenship. However, these projects did not involve delving into the early […]

It’s Official! Online Versions of New Zealand and Australian Legislation are Authoritative

It’s been a couple of years since I wrote about the two websites that I use most frequently in my research: the Australian federal legislation website, ComLaw, and the New Zealand Legislation website.  Earlier this month I saw announcements about an exciting development regarding the New Zealand site, so I thought I’d provide an update […]

The Australian Parliament’s New Website

Last Friday, the Parliament of Australia launched its new website, replacing the one that had been in place for 12 years.  I had often used the old website to find a range of information on bills and parliamentary inquiries (i.e., investigations into particular issues).  This includes explanatory memoranda (according to the glossary on the new […]

New and Improved Access to Australian Legislation

Last year Clare wrote about changes to the UK government’s legislation website, and we’ve written a lot about enhancements to THOMAS, so when I got an email last week about the Australian government’s legislation website being upgraded I thought it definitely warranted some attention. The ComLaw website provides open access to Commonwealth (i.e., federal) legislation.  […]

You Have the Right to Remain Silent…

The above phrase is one of the most recognized in the U.S. criminal justice system.  It has been included in so many TV shows and movies that I imagine many people will automatically continue to recite the rest of the words! June 13, 2016, was the 50th anniversary of the famous Supreme Court decision in the case of […]

FALQs: New Zealand’s Flag Referendums

Between March 3 and March 24, 2016, New Zealanders were able to vote in the country’s second referendum related to whether or not to change the official flag.  Previously, in November-December 2015, voting in the first referendum narrowed the list of possible alternative flag designs from five to one; the second referendum was a run-off […]

A Congress.gov Interview with Juanita Campbell: 42 Years of Service

The following Congress.gov interview is a guest post by Kelly Yuzawa, a specialist in legislative information systems management within the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress. Read the Congressional Tribute to Juanita Campbell. Briefly describe your 42 years at the Library of Congress and CRS. My 42 years at the Library of Congress have […]