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Bills, Explanatory Memoranda & Hansard

Extrinsic material are important materials that can provide guidance on the meaning behind, and the intended purposes of, an Act of Parliament

Material included:

  • material associated with proposed legislation
  • materials which do not form part of the Act itself, but may assist in the interpretation of the Act
  • helps understand, define or interpret the meaning or intention of legislation
  • useful in legal research
  • includes Explanatory Memoranda (EMs), second reading speeches (sources from Hansard), government reports, Parliamentary Committee reports and Law Reform Commission reports