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PUBLICATIONS OF OPINIONS OF ATTORNEY-GENERAL

The Attorney-General, Mr. Kep. Enderby, Q.C.,

announced today an Australian Government decision to publish

selected legal Opinions given since Federation by Australian

Attorneys-General.

Mr. Enderby said the Opinions had played a significant

part in some of the most important social, political and legal

questions and disputes that had occurred in Australia’s history.

The series, which initially would cover the period

1901-1945, would include Opinions dealing with advice on

international disputes and on the Constitution and on Australian

law generally given by the eminent lawyers who have acted as

legal advisers to the National Government. Behind the legal

Opinions were the facts of the day.

The Attorney-General said that the first volume to be

published in the series would begin with the Opinions relating

to the Attorney-Generalship of Mr. Alfred Deakin, who was

Australia’s first Attorney-General and one of the founding

fathers of the Australian Constitution. There were several

thousand Opinions to be considered Mr. Enderby said.

Mr. Enderby said that the decision gave him great

personal satisfaction. The publication, which was long overdue,

would be of great interest not only to lawyers but also to

historians and other students of Australia’s legal, social and

political life.

Canberra

March 10, 1975

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COPYRIGHT LAW COMMITTEE ON REPROGRAPHIC REPRODUCTION

Over 70 written submissions have been made to the

Committee appointed by the Attorney-General to examine the

copyright problems associated with photocopying.

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The submissions have come from organisations

representing authors, publishers, libraries, education

authorities, universities and colleges of advanced educa­

tion.

The Committee, under the chairmanship of Mr.

Justice Franki of the Australian Industrial Court, commenced

.to hear oral submissions from the main interested parties in .

Sydney on 18 February. The oral submissions have mostly

been based on prior written submissions. The Committee is

shortly to hold sittings in Perth (17-19 March) and Adelaide

(20, 21 March). Subsequent sittings have been scheduled for

Brisbane and Melbourne. .

One of the major submissions - by the Australian

Copyright Council Limited - has proposed amendments of the

Copyright Act designed to facilitate licensing of copying

in public institutions, broadly on a royalty basis. Other

submissions have cast doubts on the need for such a proposal

and its practicability, especially on the ground of admini­

strative complexity. The Committee has been closely questioning

the principal parties to establish the actual position regarding

photocopying in major institutions and the need for any reform

in the law.

The Committee is also examining other technological

developments, such as computerised information retrieval systems,

so that its recommendations are made with a knowledge of current

developments affecting the use of Copyright materials.

March 13, 1975

Canberra

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