Australia and New Zealand Online Legislation Now Authoritative

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The Law Library of Congress’ specialist on the Asia-Pacific region, Kelly Buchanan, has written a short report, Australia and New Zealand Online Legislation Now Authoritative, on recent developments regarding the authority of online versions of Australia and New Zealand legislation. Over the centuries, the printed word has been the standard for authoritative legislative documents; however, in the digital age, the print publication process is often too slow for the pace of litigation. Legislatures, courts, and other government bodies have struggled to find authentication schemes for digital documents. Our own U.S. Government Printing Office has only been using digital authentication for the past 6 years. (link to PDF iconOverview of GPO's Authentication Program) The fact that Australia and New Zealand have initiated online authentication is a boon to lawyers all over the world, as they may now rely on the digital versions for authoritative current legislation.