This guide assists with locating Queensland government publications online and in the collection of State Library Victoria (SLV).
Parliament House, Brisbane, Queensland / Charles Rudd 1849-1901 photographer.
Accession no. H39361/5
The website of the Queensland Parliament provides an overview of the history of Queensland's unicameral legislature:
- Unicameral legislatures, or parliaments with only one chamber, are uncommon in Westminster parliamentary democracies. It is generally considered that the preferred parliamentary model is two chambers with both a Lower House and an Upper House of review. In Australia, Queensland and the two territories are alone in having just one Parliamentary chamber, with the Federal Parliament and all other states having two.
- The Queensland Parliament is unique among Australian states in that it was the only colonial Parliament (pre-1901) to commence with two chambers and is now the only state parliament to have just one chamber, following the abolition of the Legislative Council in 1922.