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Australian Federal Courts Details of the High Court of Australia, the federal courts and their judicial power in state and territory courts as established by the Commonwealth of Australian Act (The Constitution).
Australian Electoral Commission The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is responsible for conducting federal elections and referendums and maintaining the Commonwealth electoral roll.
Australian government and politics database A database of parties, elections, governments and representation for state and federal parliaments since 1890. Designed for research on Australian and comparative politics.
Bills (drafts of laws or acts) that Parliament proposes to enact, available online at the Parliamentary website, ComLaw and Library Law databases The majority of bills are introduced in the Lower House of government before being reviewed and passed into legislation in the Senate.
Bills Digests Produced by the Parliamentary Library, these outline the purpose, background, key issues and provisions, parliamentary committee, policy and interest group considerations and comments in relation to a particular bill.
Explanatory Memoranda These outline the purpose of a bill in plain language. Explanatory Memoranda are aids that courts may use in interpreting statutes.
Acts (or statutes)are laws presented as bills which are passed by Parliament. These are available online at the Parliamentary website, or ComLaw.
Legislative Instruments and Statutory Rules These are subordinate legislation created when parliament delegates lawmaking powers to other levels of government. The instruments, rules or regulations provide the administrative details to the respective act, and are detailed in the act.
Administrative Arrangements Orders These assign responsibility for legislation and functions to departments of State. Administrative changes can occur when agencies and departments change and responsibility for legislation is transferred from one department or agency to another.
Prerogative Instruments, Letters Patent Instruments made by the Governor-General or Monarch. Letters Patent are notified in Government Gazettes, are issued by the monarch and proclaim the date of enactment of a law or statute.