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THE PATH of a BILL

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
1st readingthe bill is introduced to
1ST READING the House of Representatives.
2nd readingmembers debate and
2ND READING vote on the main idea of the bill.
House committee*public inquiry
into thebill and reporting back to
House committee* the House.
Consideration in detail*members
discuss the bill in detail, including any
Consideration in detail*
changes to the bill.
3rd readingmembers vote on the
3RD READING bill in its finalform.
The bill is passed in the House
of Representatives and sent to
BILL IS PASSED theSenate.

SENATE
1st readingthe bill is introduced to
1ST READING the Senate.
2nd readingsenators debate and
vote on the main idea of the bill.
2ND READING
Senate committee*public inquiry
into thebill and reporting back to
Senate committee* the Senate.
Committee of the whole*senators
discuss the bill in detail, including any
Committee of the whole* changes to the bill.
3rd readingsenators vote on the bill
3RD READING in its final form.
The bill is passed in the Senate.

BILL IS PASSED

GOVERNOR-GENERAL
Royal AssentTheGovernor-General
Royal Assent by the signs the bill.
Governor-General Bill becomes an Act of Parliament
a law forAustralia.

BILL BECOMES AN ACT


OF PARLIAMENT
*optional stage

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