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Parliamentary Petitions Move Online in Australia and New Zealand

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

I recently saw a tweet from the Twitter account of the New Zealand Parliament regarding the launch of an electronic petitions system. I’m not sure if the Australian House of Representatives social media people also read that tweet, but the next day I saw its account had sent a tweet reminding people that a new e-petition platform had …

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Australia’s 1967 Constitutional Referendum Related to Indigenous People: The Women Who Campaigned for “Yes”

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

I decided to observe International Women’s Day (today, March 8) by highlighting several Australian women, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, who had key roles in bringing about a constitutional referendum held in Australia on May 27, 1967, and in campaigning for the “yes” vote. The referendum contained questions related to two provisions in the Australian Constitution that discriminated against …

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Australia’s National Day

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

Today, January 26, is Australia Day, a national public holiday in Australia that commemorates the arrival of the “First Fleet” of convict ships that resulted in the establishment of the first British penal colony on the continent. It is considered Australia’s national day. On January 26, 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip raised the British flag at Sydney Cove, a …

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Australian and New Zealand Parliamentary Website Makeovers

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

Over the last couple of years you have read about the change from the THOMAS legislative information website to Congress.gov, and the many enhancements that have occurred along the way. While not as significant as this migration to a completely new website, both the Australian and New Zealand parliamentary websites have undergone makeovers this year. …

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

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

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 …

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

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

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 …

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Domestic Violence Laws in Australia and New Zealand

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

Earlier this month I attended some events related to International Women’s Day, which this year had the theme of “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.”  At one of these events, hosted by the Wilson Center here in Washington, DC, the New Zealand Minister of Women’s Affairs, Hon. Jo …

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The Australian Parliament’s New Website

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

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 …

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New and Improved Access to Australian Legislation

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

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.  …