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A guide to Australian legal research resources

Extrinsic materials

Extrinsic materials are anything external, but closely related to the legislation being interpreted. This material includes:

  • Explanatory Memoranda (or the equivalent) relating to the legislation
  • Parliamentary debates (Hansard)
  • reports of Royal Commissions, Law Reform Commissions, Committees of Inquiry or similar bodies placed before Parliament during consideration of the legislation
  • reports of Parliamentary committees made during the passage of the legislation
  • treaties or other international agreements mentioned in the Act.

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