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What does the library hold?
Use GovPubs to locate government publications in the National and State libraries.
For general works, search the Catalogue. Select the Browse alphabetically tab, then subjects from the drop-down list. Some examples are:
State and Territory Libraries
Your State or Territory library may hold complete sets of parliamentary documents.
A researcher would like to get an online copy of the second reading speech of the South Australian Development Act 1993.
Bills must pass through the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council before becoming an Act (either House may introduce the Bill). The Second Reading speech for the Assembly and Council are usually identical. A Second Reading speech explains the content of the Bill in non-legal terms.
South Australian Hansards are available online from 1993 on the Parliament of South Australia website. Search by keyword or date (use the search link in the menu). The Development Bill was introduced by the Minister of Housing, Urban Development and Local Government Relations, and the Second Reading speech was on 10th March, see pages 2433-2443.
The Legislative Council received the Bill from the House of Assembly on 31st March 1993. The Second Reading speech in the Legislative Council was on 1 April 1993, see pages 1849-1859.
When we know the dates that apply to a bill, an easy way to follow its passage is to use the Calendar search function.
There is more information about the Development Act 1993 at the South Australian Attorney General’s Department .
Official reports of the parliamentary debates (Hansards) are also available in print for the following dates: