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Bills, Explanatory Memoranda & Hansard

A Bill is:

  • a proposal for a new law or a change to an existing law
  • introduced into Parliament and debated and voted on in both houses
  • can be amended 
  • debate may be short or go back and forth for a long period, depending on the nature of the Bill
  • not all Bills are passed
  • may be sent to a Parliamentary Committee to discuss further before being voted on
  • once passed in both houses (in the same form) a Bill becomes an Act

To access Bills for all Australian states and territories select: