State Library has a wide range of Queensland and Commonwealth current and historical law resources. Resources are available in print, on microfilm and online through databases and websites.
Explore legal information including general legal resources, legislation and government gazettes. Our legal resources cover Queensland and Commonwealth law. You will find legal resources in print, microfilm and online. Many print resources are now available online. Databases can be accessed onsite and from home for State Library members (who live in Queensland).
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The Queensland Legislation website contains:
Queensland Hansard was established in 1864, five years after separation from New South Wales. In the first few years, the Moreton Bay Courier published long reports of parliamentary proceedings. The first official Hansard was published for the sittings on 26 April 1864. Queensland Hansard originally included the debates of both the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly. The Legislative Council was abolished in 1922, so Queensland Hansard from that date only reports the debates of the Legislative Assembly.
Hansard has been published under a variety of titles over the years (Parliamentary Debates, Official Record of the Debates etc). It is now published separately for the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Government gazettes provide proclamations by the Governor, and official notice of actions taken by government authorities, departments, local councils and companies.
The Queensland Government Gazette can help you find information about:
Queensland State Archives guide to Government Gazettes
Various specialised indexes also exist. These include indexes to timber licences, publicans’ licences and proclamations of boundaries.
Find the specialised indexes in the catalogue by typing “government gazette” index in the search box.