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Cite as: (2002) 76(11) LIJ, p.70

Websites about consumer credit information, Australian policy analysis, and legislation share the limelight this month with two festive sites for the Christmas season – Guinness World Records and Melbourne Movies.

Consumer Credit Code

As the consumer credit code governs all credit transactions taking place in Australia, the Christmas month seems an ideal time to review this site. Information is divided into advice for consumers and businesses, outlining what is covered by and what is exempted from the code. Frequently asked questions, for both groups, are targeted to supply information on procedures that should be followed, how to alter the contract and remedies for breaches of contract. Download the Uniform Consumer Credit Code and regulations from the “Download documents” link on the home page. Links are provided to specific state government sites on consumer credit.

Australian Policy Online

This site provides access to current Australian social, economic, cultural, and political research. It is not a place to find “breaking news”, rather news of detailed research, written by experts in the subject area. Articles and research papers are dated and arranged under topic headings such as “Immigration and refugees” and “Employment and workplace relations”. Current events, which change weekly, can be found in the “Comment and analysis” column. The site is maintained and edited by the Institute for Social Research based at Swinburne University, and material for the site is supplied from more than 60 Australian policy and research institutes.

Guinness World Records

If you look forward to hours of entertaining reading about the amazing and the gross, you no longer need wait for that Christmas stocking treat. Guinness World Records online is a fantastic all-year-round substitute. Read about the current record attempts – successes and failures – in “Daily records” or find out how to make your own record attempts. The site is easy to navigate via the category headings and, most importantly, there is a picture to accompany every record. Garry, nicknamed “Stretch”, has just broken his own record for “Most clothes pegs clipped to the face” (153) – his previous record was 133. Hours of fun/horror guaranteed.


Lawlex provides free access to primary Australian legislative information on the Internet. From the home page carry out a keyword title search across jurisdictions or limited to one jurisdiction. Limit your search to find only Bills, principal, amending or subordinate legislation. The “advanced search” option facilitates full text searching (as opposed to simple title searching). The Lawlex subject index groups legislation broadly by topic. Once in the subject index, browse sub-topics by clicking on the “+”symbol next to a subject folder. To specify a jurisdiction in the subject index use the drop down menu on the top left. Lawlex “premium research” content is available only to subscribers.

Tasmanian Legislation

Click on “Bills introduced into Parliament” to access the full text of current Tasmanian Bills (in PDF) and corresponding progress information. Or click on “Search legislation database” to access consolidated (and point-in-time) Acts and regulations. Consolidated Acts were first loaded into this database in February 1997, therefore point-in-time legislation is only available from February 1997 onwards. All statutory rules made since the beginning of 1998 have been added, but only selected pre-1998 statutory rules are available. Use the “time point” search bar to specify a “point in time” date, or to request sessional (as made) Acts. The “Acts A-Z” and “Stat Rules A-Z” buttons allow you to browse by title.

Melbourne Movies

This site is your one-stop shop for feature information and screening times around Melbourne. Melbourne Movies covers independent cinemas and the Hoyts and Village chains. Cinemas and films are listed alphabetically. Use these lists to discover all the places a particular movie is showing, or which films are showing at your local cinema. Click on the title of a film to read the synopsis or a review. The names of the director and actors, a rating and an indication of genre are included in each record. Upcoming films are also listed. This site links to film festival sites, movie star info, more reviews, etc.


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