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Legal Citation

Explanatory Memoranda

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Read this guide in conjunction with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.

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Citing Explanatory Memoranda

The essence of citing an explanatory memorandum for a Bill is:

Explanatory Memorandum + citation of Bill + pinpoint.



The Explanatory Memorandum for a Bill is cited the same as the Bill, prefixed with the term 'Explanatory Memorandum' as in the example above (AGLC rule 3.7).


Activity indicator1. How would you cite the explanatory memorandum for the Commonwealth Bill, Custom Amendment (Smuggling Tobacco) Bill 2012, in accordance with the requirements of AGLC?

a. Explanatory Memorandum, Custom Amendment (Smuggling Tobacco) Bill 2012.
b. Explanatory Memorandum, Custom Amendment (Smuggling Tobacco) Bill 2012 (Cth).
c. Custom Amendment (Smuggling Tobacco) Bill 2012(Cth), Explanatory Memorandum.
d. Explanatory Memorandum, Custom Amendment (Smuggling Tobacco) Bill 2012 (Cth).