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Foundations of Law

For students enrolled in Foundations of Australian Law LAW101

Finding Bills

Before an Act becomes Law, it is first put before Parliament as a Bill. Extrinsic material (i.e. material related to, but not part of the legislation), can assist in interpretation, including:

  • Explanatory Memoranda (EM)
  • Bills Digests
  • Parliamentary Committee Reports
  • Law Reform Commission Reports

As the Bill passes through Parliament, it will be outlined in detail during the Second Reading Speech and then debated and possibly amended. These debates can provide further background about a Bill's purpose and can be found in the record of Parliamentary proceedings known as Hansard.


ParlInfo Search

Q. Find the Cth Fair Work Bill 2009 and any extrinsic material that may help in its interpretation

In the Basic Search box type "fair work bill 2009" > Filter the results by selecting Bills and Legislation > select the result Fair Work Bill 2009 [Bill Homepage]

The Bill Homepage outlines the details and dates of the Bill's passage through Parliament, and also provides links to documents such as:

  • the Bill itself (as introduced and as passed)
  • Explanatory Memorandum (including supplementary EMs)
  • 2nd reading speeches
  • Proposed amendments

Also try the Explanatory memoranda Index from 1901 to 1982.  From 1983 to 2008 Explanatory Memoranda 1983+ contains selected Memoranda not available on the Internet elsewhere. AUSTLII may contain copies of Explanatory Memorandum that do not appear in this index.


Parliament of Queensland

Q. What did the Attorney General of QLD say about the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Bill 2013?

Select Work of the Assembly> select Bills this Parliament>  >Scroll through the results list to select the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Bill 2013> select >Explanatory Speech.

Tip: Take note of the other information associated with this Bill.

Background reading

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