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University of Newcastle Library Guides

Law: Legislation: Bills

A Library Guide to support students and staff of the University of Newcastle in finding Legislative resources



  • A Bill is a proposed Act of Parliament or 'draft' legislation.
  • The explanatory memoranda or explanatory note explains the Bill clause by clause in plain English.
  • The second reading speech contains an explanation of the purpose or rationale of the Bill.
  • Hansard is the official transcript of all Parliamentary proceedings and debates. 
  • Extrinsic materials are materials that are external to legislation which can be used for statutory interpretation as they assist researchers to understand the objectives, purpose and motivation behind the proposed enactment.

How to cite a Bill using AGLC4

  • Bills are cited in the same way as an Act except the title is not italicised.

Key Australian resources
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Key Australian Resources

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