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MHS Library | Legal Studies

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Law making:

Resources from the Parliamentary Education Office:

Parliament Now explains Parliament in detail.

The Australian Constitution describes how the Constitution works.

The Fact Sheets provide an A–Z of the Parliament, with detailed information about its history, processes and people, as well as its role in governing Australia. (Here is the online version.)


Useful websites:

Youth Law is a specialist community legal centre for young people, providing resources for common legal issues facing young people.

Victorian Legal Aid  focuses on protecting the rights of Victorians and representing those who need it the most. 

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is independent of Federal Government funding, and is the largest provider of aid, legal and health services to people seeking asylum in Australia.

Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS)  is one of Australia’s leading refugee legal centres providing free, specialist legal assistance to asylum seekers and refugees seeking to reunite with their families and we fight for their human rights every day.


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Search for all the current Acts and Statutory Rules in Victoria in Victorian Law Today Library.

The Victorian Statute Book  also includes Acts and Statutory Rules that were made to amend other Acts, with records dating back to 1996.

The Federal Register of Legislation is the authorised government website for Commonwealth legislation and related documents. It contains the full text and details of the lifecycle of individual laws and the relationships between them. You can search Common Law (cases) and Legislation. 

This handbook was written so the public could understand any area of Civil Law in Victoria. You can search for a Law and your rights on this website. 

Liberty Victoria

Criminal Law

In the media:

The Law Report (ABC Radio National) 

Australian Law in The Guardian

The Lawyers' Weekly

Opinions on High summarises and discussion key High Court decisions.

Q&A (ABC) - watch archived programs

Four Corners - watch past episodes

Dateline - watch archived programs

On SBS News you can investigate 'comment and analysis' or browse national issues/events.