Legislative Council

Legislative Council Statistics 2019

Opening of Parliament in 2018 and 2019

19 December 2018            pdfLC_Stats-19_December_2018.pdf65.66 KB
5 to 6 February 2019 pdfLC_Stats-5_to_6_February_2019.pdf67.58 KB
19 to 21 February 2019 pdfLC_Stats-19_to_21_February_2019.pdf67.26 KB
5 to 7 March 2019 pdfLC_Stats-5_to_7_March_2019.pdf67.42 KB
19 to 21 March 2019 pdfLC_Stats-19_to_21_March_2019.pdf67.29 KB
30 April to 2 May 2019 pdfLC_Stats-30_April_to_2_May_2019.pdf68.07 KB
28 to 30 May 2019 pdfLC_Stats-28_to_30_May_2019.pdf68.24 KB
4 to 7 June 2019 pdfLC_Stats-4_to_7_June_2019.pdf67.96 KB
18 to 20 June 2019 pdfLC_Stats-18_to_20_June_2019.pdf67.88 KB
 13 to 15 August 2019 pdfLC_Stats-13_to_15_August_2019.pdf91.32 KB
26 to 29 August 2019 pdfLC_Stats-26_to_29_August_2019.pdf68.02 KB
10 to 12 September 2019 pdfLC_Stats-10_to_12_September_2019.pdf67.79 KB
15 to 17 October 2019 pdfLC_Stats-15_to_17_October_2019.pdf102.40 KB
29 to 31 October 2019 pdfLC_Stats-29_to_31_October_2019.pdf372.63 KB
12 to 14 November 2019 pdfLC_Stats-12_to_14_November_2019.pdf102.43 KB
26 to 28 November 2019 pdfLC_Stats-26_to_28_November_2019.pdf102.78 KB

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Scrutiny of Legislation Conference


“Parliamentary Scrutiny – Looking to the Future”

Call for papers opens April 2020

Registration from July 2020



Monday 7 – Tuesday 8 December 2020


Parliament House, Melbourne, Victoria

Conference overview

Delegates from the Federal, State, Territory and New Zealand parliamentary committees are invited to Parliament House in Melbourne, Victoria, to discuss the past, present and future of parliamentary scrutiny. Representatives from overseas parliamentary committees are most welcome.

The Scrutiny of Legislation Conference strengthens the commitment to parliamentary scrutiny across various jurisdictions. It supports the checks and balances processes which are of fundamental importance to the law making process.

At the seminar to mark the tenth anniversary of the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills, Senator Barney Cooney stated:

“Since its inception, the Committee has operated on the basis that it keeps party politics at bay … Often what is involved is the balance to be struck between the public interest in preserving individual rights against the public interest in meeting community needs … The Parliament is the institution best placed to balance these interests. It is the Committee’s role to highlight these issues…”

Further information

See the Conference flyer, or contact:

Phone: 03 8682 2800
Email: sarc@parliament.vic.gov.au


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Index to Argus reports on First Legislative Council proceedings

An index to the Argus newspaper was produced, covering the period of the First Legislative Council's existence, from 1851-56. This has been digitised and provided as an aide to locating specific issues dealt with by the Council.

The index was produced in two separate parts, 1846-54 and 1855-59. As the digitised files were very large, they have been broken up into sections of around 10MB.

Note that the index covered the entire contents of the Argus, so there will be much material extraneous to the First Legislative Council.


Index to the Argus newspaper 1846-54

A'beckett to Ballarat Ballarat to Campbell Campbell to Coulstock Coutts to Geelong Geelong to Hargraves
Hargraves to Kilburn Kilburn to Melbourne Melbourne to Moody Moonee Ponds to Police Office Police Office to St Kilda Road
St Patricks Society to Ships Ships to Theatre Theatre to Victoria Victoria to YMCA  


Index to the Argus newspaper 1855-59

A'beckett to Aborigines Aborigines to Aeronautics Age to Agriculture Agriculture to Albury Albury to Americans in Australia
Amherst to Ararat Ararat to Argus Argus to Art and Artists Art and Artists to Austin Australasian Botanical and Horticultural Society to Australia
Australia to Australian Miners Scientific Association Australian Postal Association to Ballarat Ballarat Ballarat to Ballingal Ballingal to Banks and Banking
Banks and Banking to Barker Barkly to Baylie Bayne to Bellambi Benalla to Bendigo Bendigo to Benevolent Societies
Bennett to Bloomerism Blue Mountain to Brisbane Brisbane School of Arts to Bushfires Bushrangers to Caledonian Society of Victoria Callaghan to Carngham
Caroline Chisholm to Church of England NSW Carpenters and Joiners Trade Society to Castlemaine Castlemaine to Caufmann Caulfield to Chess Chess to Chinese in Australia
Chinese in Australia to Caroline Chisholm Church of England NSW to Circus Citizens Committee to Clay Clifford to Cohen Cohen to Collingwood Provident Society
Collingwood Stockade to Cooper Cope to Crawford Cremorne Gardens to Cricket Cricket to Crime and Criminals Crime and Criminals to Crimea
Crimea to Darling River Darvall to Denison Dennington to Dry Dubbo to Dyes Eades to Electric Telegraph
Electric Telegraph to Emerald Hill Cricket Club Emerald Hill District Visiting Society to Evangelical Alliance of Victoria Evans to Fawkner Fellows to Fish and Fisheries Fisher to Flour
Flowers to Free Trade and Protection Free Trade and Protection to Gabo Island Gabrielli to Geelong Geelong Geelong to Geelong Steam Navigation Company
Geelong Teachers Association to Gisborne Gisborne to Gold NSW Gold NSW to Gold Victoria Gold Victoria Gold Victoria to Greendale
Greenwood to Hargraves Hargraves to Heidelberg Helican to Hobart Hobart Town City Mission to Horse Racing NSW Horse Racing NSW to Horse Racing Victoria
Horse Racing Victoria to Horticultural Improvement Society of NSW Horticultural Society of Victoria to Hull Humane Society to Immigration Immigration to Ingles Inland Navigation to Irish in Australia
Irish in Australia to Juvenile Traders Association Juvenile Traders Association to Kerr Kerr to Knight Krefft to Labour and Labouring Classes Labour and Labouring Classes
Labour and Labouring Classes to Lang Lang to Law and Lawyers Law and Lawyers Law and Lawyers to Lighthouses Lighthouses to Liquor Trade
Lismore to McCulloch McDermott to Maidment Maidstone to Martin Maryborough to Mechanics Institutions Mechanics Institutes to Mercer 
Melbourne - Corporation Melbourne - Corporation to Melbourne - Corporation - Fire Brigades Melbourne - Corporation - Fire Brigades to Melbourne - Corporation - Parks and Gardens Melbourne - Corporation - Port - Melbourne - Corporation - Social Conditions Melbourne - Corporation - Streets to Melbourne - Corporation - Central Market
Melbourne Chamber of Commerce to Melbourne Hospital Melbourne Hunt Club to Melbourne Public Library Melbourne Public Library to Mildura Milford to Moir Molesworth to Mt Barker Agricultural Association
Mt Taylor to Murray River Districts Murrumbidgee to Music and Musicians Music and Musicians Music and Musicians continued Music and Musicians to NSW - General
NSW - General NSW - General to Newspapers and Periodicals Newspapers and Periodicals to North Melbourne North Melbourne to O'Shanassy O'Shanassy to Pearson
Pearson to Philosophical Society of Victoria Philp to Port Albert Port Albert to Port Phillip Farmers Society Port Phillip Gold Mining Society to Prahran Reform Association Prendergast to Prisons
Prize Fighting to Rawkins Read to Richmond Riddell to Roads and Bridges Roads and Bridges to Roman Catholic Church Roman Catholic Church to St Andrews Immigration Society
Saint to Schnapper Point School of Arts to Schools Scoresby to Shillinglaw Shipbuilding to Ships Ships - 1
Ships - 2 Ships - 3 Ships - 4 Ships - 5 Ships to Slang
Slate to Smyth Smyth to South Australia South Australia to South Melbourne South Melbourne to Stephen Stephen to Strawberries
Strikes and Lockouts to Sydney Sydney to Sydney Yacht Club Syme to Tasmania Tasmania to Theatre Theatre to Theatre - Victoria
Theatre - Victoria - 1 Theatre - Victoria - 2 Theatre - Victoria - 3 Theatre - Victoria - 4 Theatre - Victoria - 5
Theatre - Victoria - 6 Theatre - Victoria to Torres Strait Tourist Traffic to Truganina Tumut to Victoria Victoria to Victoria - Civil Service
Victoria - Commerce to Victoria - Defence Victoria - Economic Conditions to Victoria - Geological Survey Victoria - Governor to Victoria - Land Question Victoria - Land Question to Victoria - Legislature Victoria - Legislature - 1 
Victoria - Legislature - 2 Victoria - Legislature - 3 Victoria - Legislature - 4 Victoria - Legislature to Victoria 1 Victoria 1
Victoria 2 to Victoria Fire and Marine Insurance Co Victoria Freehold Land Society to Victoria Loan Society Victoria Press Cricket Club to Vignolles Villiers and Heytesbury Agricultural Association to Warrenheip Warrnambool to Wells
Welsh in Australia to Wesleyan Church Weslyan Church to Weston Whaling to Willunga Wilmot to Wood Wood to Zoological Society

About the First Legislative Council 1851-56

From 1851 to 1856, Victoria had only one legislative body, the Legislative Council, which held its proceedings at St Patrick's Hall in Bourke Street Melbourne.


1836 1851

 From the early 1830s, the south-eastern corner of the continent had begun to be illegally occupied by an increasing number of immigrants from Van Diemen's Land (later named Tasmania) and New South Wales. The area was officially recognised in 1836 as the Port Phillip District of New South Wales and as a squatting district in 1839, with a Superintendent to administer the region. Pressure to separate from New South Wales built steadily from the late 1830s. In 1842, the Port Phillip District was granted six representatives on the Legislative Council of New South Wales, meeting in Sydney, some 800 kilometres from Melbourne. This arrangement failed to satisfy Port Phillip residents and pressure for separation continued.

Formation of the Council

Action followed in the British Parliament and on August 5th 1850 it passed An Act for the better Government of Her Majesty’s Australian Colonies' , which stated "...it is expedient that the District of Port Phillip, now part of the Colony of New South Wales, should be erected into a separate Colony...to be known and designated as the Colony of Victoria." The Act also stated that "...there shall be within and for the Colony of Victoria a separate Legislative Council...". The new colony was to be overseen by a Governor, advised by an Executive Council of 4 persons and by the Legislative Council.

Composition of the Council

The composition of the new Legislative Council was determined by an Act of the Legislative Council of New South Wales, 'An Act to provide for the division of the Colony of Victoria into Electoral Districts and for the Election of Members to serve in the Legislative Council'. This Act provided for 30 Members in 16 Electoral Districts. 10 Members were appointed by the Crown, with 5 government representatives and 5 non-government representatives. The other 20 Members were elected. Voting was restricted to males of over 21 years who owned a substantial amount of property. 


In 1853, the Victorian Legislative Council passed 'An Act to alter “The Victoria Electoral Act of 1851” and to increase the number of Members of the Legislative Council of the Colony of Victoria'. This increased the number of Members from 30 to 54.


In 1855, the Victorian Legislative Council passed 'An Act to further alter “The Victoria Electoral Act of 1851” and to increase the number of Members of the Legislative Council of Victoria'. This increased the number of electorates to 21 and the number of Members to 66.


Records of the Council

Proceedings of the Council were reported in The Argus newspaper and are available here.

Votes and Proceedings (minutes) of the Council are available here.

The end of the Council

In 1854 the Council passed a bill setting up Victoria's Constitution, which provided the framework for parliamentary democracy and government in Victoria, and set up a bicameral, or 2-chamber Parliament, with a Legislative Council and a Legislative Assembly. The changes took effect from 23 November 1855, the start of responsible self-government in Victoria.

The new law required 30 Legislative Council members and 60 Legislative Assembly members in the Parliament. Only wealthy male property owners could vote for Council members. However, a large proportion of male Victorians could vote in the Assembly elections. Elections for the Parliament, using the secret ballot, were held in Spring 1856.

On 21 November 1856 Victoria's first members of Parliament met in their recently completed chambers (part of the present Parliament House) to be sworn in. On 25 November Major-General Macarthur, the Acting Governor, officially opened the Parliament.