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Historic Legal Opinions Published Online

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The legal opinions of Australia’s early Attorneys-General have been published online for the first time.

Launched last week, the Legal Opinions website includes advice prepared by Attorneys-General and Solicitors-General, several of whom went on to become High Court Justices. The opinions published on the site date from Federation to just after the Second World War in 1945.

The opinions cover a range of topics, including shipping, the Geneva Convention, racial discrimination, the Murray River, the right to vote, working on Sundays, the tobacco industry, New Guinea, public servants, shipwrecks, military training, dual citizenship, customs and quarantine.

The project is a joint initiative the Attorney-General’s Department, the Australian Government Solicitor, and the Australian Archives.

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