Bill: A legislative document in the form of a proposed Act of Parliament that has not yet been passed by parliament or received royal assent.
Extrinsic material: Material that does not form part of an Act but that may assist in the interpretation of that Act. Such material includes explanatory memoranda, reports of law reform commissions and parliamentary committees, and second reading speeches.
- LexisNexis, Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary
Second reading speeches can be found in the parliamentary debates (or 'Hansard').
Explanatory memoranda (EMs) are also called 'explanatory notes' or 'explanatory statements', depending on the jurisdiction.
|Jurisdiction||Bills||Hansard/Second reading speech||Explanatory Memoranda/Notes/Statements|
|Commonwealth||Parliament of Australia||
Federal Register of Legislation (found in the Bill's record)
Queensland Legislation (found in the Bill's record)
|Australian Capital Territory||ACT Legislative Assembly|
|New South Wales||Parliament of New South Wales||
Parliament of New South Wales (found in the Bill's record)
Northern Territory Legislation (found in the Bill's record)
|South Australia||Parliament of South Australia||South Australia doesn't have separately issued EMs, however, the second reading speech gives a clause-by-clause explanation of the Bill.|
|Tasmania||Parliament of Tasmania||Tasmania doesn't have EMs but have Fact Sheets and Clause Notes that contain similar information.|
|Victoria||Parliament of Victoria||
Victorian legislation and parliamentary documents (found in the Bill's record)
|Western Australia||Parliament of Western Australia||
Parliament of Western Australia (found in the Bill's record)