You may need to find out the original intention of an Act during your research. Find this information in the Bill and its associated Explanatory Memorandum (abbreviated to 'EM', sometimes known as Explanatory Notes). These documents are presented to Parliament with a Bill when it is debated.
Tip: When you are searching for material relating to a Bill, make sure you use the word 'Bill' rather than 'Act' in the title of the document. If you still can't locate the document (e.g. a second reading speech), try searching the year prior to the Act, just in case the Bill was introduced and/or debated in the previous year.
Before a Bill is debated the responsible Minster delivers a second reading speech outlining the Bill's policy objectives and goals. In QLD, the Minister delivers an explanatory speech just prior to the Bill's first reading. If there is no explanatory note for a Bill, or if you would like more information regarding the intention of an Act you can refer to the second reading speech.
Second reading or explanatory speeches are published in Hansard (the official record of Parliamentary debates), which you can find on the relevant parliamentary website.
The Commonwealth, and each state and territory Parliament has its own website where you will find Bills and extrinsic material such as explanatory memoranda and second reading speeches.
Note: Many government legislation websites also include Bill & EM information, however most won't include supplementary or revised versions, so it is recommended you use the parliamentary websites.
To find Commonwealth Bills, EMs & second reading speeches via the Parliament of Australia website, locate the Bill homepage:
Note: from late 2011 onwards, the detailed explanation of a Bill in QLD Parliament takes place immediately prior to a Bill's first reading and is known as an explanatory speech. From this date, the second read speech takes place just prior the open debate.