Back to 1977

Today’s Australian IT News reminds us that we are approaching a significant Antipodean anniversary. Just thirty years ago – when some Slaw readers were not even born – the then Attorney General Bob Ellicott – whose smiling visage is caricatured below – announced Australia’s first computer-based legal information retrieval system. It was to cover statute law. And at the 4800 baud transfer rate then available, the PDF of the Constitution would take a minute to download. Progress indeed.

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