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News from AustLII (20 December 2006)
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Best Wishes for the Festive Season AsianLII Launched New Databases AustLII Toolbars Updated Subscription Information Contact Details
BEST WISHES FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON
The AustLII Team would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and safe festive season.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our major funding sources: the Australian Research Council, AusAID, Thomson Legal & Regulatory Ltd, Standards Australia, the Department of Defence, the Federal Attorney-General's Department and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
We are also very grateful to our Law Faculties (UTS and UNSW) for their infrastructure assistance and general support, and to all others who have assisted with our funding. A complete list of AustLII's funding sources for 2006 may be found at <http://www.austlii.edu.au/austlii/sponsors/>.
AustLII would not exist without access to the data provided by the Courts, Tribunals, Offices of Parliamentary Counsel, Law Reform Commissions and our numerous other sources. We thank all our data providers both for their commitment to free access to the law, and for their day-to-day help in providing the data to us in an efficient and cooperative way.
The users of AustLII continue to be our greatest advocates, and we thank you. It is your enthusiasm for AustLII that makes it possible for us to convince governments, courts and others to provide both the data and the funds on which free public access to the law depends.
A detailed listing of AustLII's achievements in 2006 may be found at <http://www.austlii.edu.au/austlii/AustLII_report1206.pdf>.
AsianLII was launched at UNSW in Sydney on December 8 and is now available for free access at <http://www.asianlii.org>.
AsianLII has been developed by AustLII and currently includes 101 databases from 22 of the 27 Asian countries, from Mongolia in the north to Timor-Leste in the south, Japan in the east to Pakistan in the west. It includes about 150,000 full text cases, and over 15,000 items of legislation, plus law reform reports, a few law journals, and other materials. All of this content may be searched simultaneously.
Some of the larger collections are from the Philippines, India, and (for legislation) Timor-Leste and Vietnam. AsianLII also includes 14 Hong Kong databases from HKLII, and 9 Papua New Guinea databases from PacLII. It is another example of cooperation between members of the Free Access to Law Movement.
For each of the 27 countries, AsianLII allows a search over that country's databases, a web search over a Catalog of other law sites from that country, plus a 'Law on Google' search restricted to legal materials from that country.
This first version of AsianLII contains primarily English language databases, plus some Indonesian databases in Bahasa (since it uses the Latin script). AustLII's SINO search engine is being developed to search other languages and subsequent versions of AsianLII will progressively include searchable databases in other Asian national languages.
AsianLII has been developed with funding from the Australian Research Council, AusAID and the Australian Attorney-General's Department. It is also assisted by Country Supporting Institutions in a number of Asian countries (see the site for details), and regional supporters LAWASIA and APEC's SELI.
AustLII welcomes expressions of interest from other funding and supporting institutions, and data sources such as Courts, legislatures, law reform bodies and law journals.
"Australian & New Zealand Maritime Law Journal" The full text of the Australian & New Zealand Maritime Law Journal is now available on AustLII from 1983 onwards. See: <http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/ANZMLJ/>
"Bond Law Review"
The full text of the Bond Law Review is now available on AustLII from 1998 onwards. See: <http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/BondLRev/>
"Bond Dispute Resolution Newsletter"
The full text of the Bond Dispute Resolution Newsletter from 1999 onwards is now available on AustLII.
This database contains Commonwealth Bills from 2006 onwards with links from each bill to the accompanying explanatory memorandum. See: <http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/bill/>
"Commonwealth Bills Explanatory Memoranda" This database contains Commonwealth Explanatory Memoranda for bills from 2006 onwards with links back to the associated bill. See: <http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/bill_em/>
"Corporate Governance eJournal (Bond)"
The full text of the Corporate Governance eJournal (Bond) from 2005 onwards is now available on AustLII.
"Land Valuation Tribunal of New Zealand Decisions" This database contains the full text of decisions of the Land Valuation Tribunal of New Zealand from 2000 onwards. See: <http://www.nzlii.org/nz/cases/NZLVT/>.
"New South Wales Bills"
This database contains NSW Bills from 1999 onwards with links from each bill to the accompanying explanatory notes. See: <http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/bill/>
"New South Wales Bills Explanatory Notes" This database contains Explanatory Notes for NSW Bills from 1999 onwards with links back to the associated bill. See: <http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/bill_en/>
"South Australia Numbered Acts"
This database contains South Australian numbered Acts from 2003 onwards.
"South Australia Numbered Regulations"
This database contains South Australian numbered Regulations from 2003 onwards.
This database contains Victorian Bills from 1999 onwards with links from each bill to the accompanying explanatory memorandum. See: <http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/vic/bill/>
"Victorian Bills Explanatory Memoranda" This database contains Explanatory Memoranda for Victorian Bills from 2001 onwards with links back to the associated bill. See: <http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/vic/bill_em/>
AUSTLII TOOLBARS UPDATED
The AustLII Toolbar has been updated and is now also available for the new version 2.0 of the Mozilla Firefox web browser, in addition to the Netscape/Mozilla and Microsoft Internet Explorer web browsers.
The Toolbar allows you to search AustLII from any website page. It includes the AustLII menu which lists links for most of the major category materials for all Australasian jurisdictions. The toolbar also has buttons to link to the other Legal Information Institutes.
Instructions on how to update an existing Toolbar installation may be found at <http://www.austlii.edu.au/austlii/help/toolbar.html#install3>.
New installations of the Toolbar for the Netscape/Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox and the Microsoft Internet Explorer web browsers may be found at <http://www.austlii.edu.au/techlib/toolbar/>.
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