Explanatory Memoranda (EM) are publications which accompany Commonwealth and State Bills. Their purpose is to explain the Bill, clause by clause, initially when it is debated in parliament. Subsequently they are useful for statutory interpretation.
Learn more about the history of EMs from this article 'Was There an EM?" from the Australian Parliamentary Library.
Explanatory statements are available from either the Act homepage or from the Bill homepage if not yet assented.
CTH - 1996+
WA - 2001+ (where available)
In both State and Federal Parliament, Bills are considered by various Committees during their passage through Parliament. In each House, a Committee of the Whole house (with members from a range of parties) considers the Bill and this is when amendments can be made. This occurs after the Second Reading of the Bill.
Sometimes Bills are referred to special committees, such as Select Committees, Standing Committees or Legislation Committees. These Committees publish reports which can give researchers an insight into the background to a Bill, areas of debate or disagreement, and any policy issues that might arise. Committee Recommendations are not always adopted by the Government, but the Ministerial responses to recommendations are usually available with the Reports.
This feed contains information on new inquiries that have been referred to Senate committees.
This feed contains information on the tabling of reports by Senate Committees and Joint Committees that are administered by the Senate.