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JOINT NEWS RELEASE

ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND MINISTER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE MINISTER FOR JUSTICE SERVICES

THE HON. DARYL WILLIAMS AM QC MP THE HON. DAVID JULL MP

2 July 1997

LAW ON THE NET

Australians now have easy access to information on our legal system via a user- friendly Internet site, Window on the Law, launched today by Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Daryl Williams and Minister for Administrative Services David Jull.

Mr Williams said Window on the Law includes an overview of the Australian Constitution, Australia’s legal system and court structure and provides access to Commonwealth legal materials, Departmental publications and the Attorney’s news

releases.

“Window on the Law helps unravel the complex web of laws and regulations which are perhaps a mystery to many ordinary Australians,” Mr Williams said.

“It is essential that Australians have access to information relating to our legal system and the operation of Australian laws that may affect them.”

The web site also contains a gateway to SCALEplus - the online legal information system of Commonwealth legislation, caselaw and other legal materials.

Mr Jull said the launch of Window on the Law marked an extension of the relationship between the Australian Government Publishing Service and the Attorney-General’s Department and a continuation of the Government commitment to providing Australians with easy access to important information.

“Window on the Law is proof of the Government’s election commitment to ensure that all Australians have access to clear information about our legal system,” Mr Jull said.

“Libraries, students at all levels, legal aid information centres, courts, governments, the media, legal publishers, the legal profession and the general public will all find this site useful. I urge all Australians to take advantage of this service.”

The Window on the Law address is http://law.gov.au.

Media contact: Nicholas Harford (06) 277 7300

John Noble (06) 277 7600

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