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Legislation: Parliamentary Debates (Hansard)

What is Hansard?

Hansard, or Official Report of Parliamentary Debates, is a transcription of everything that is said on the floor of Parliament. Hansard is available for each Australian jurisdiction.

Amongst many other things, Hansard reports second reading speeches, speeches made to Parliament by Parliamentarians either in favour or against a current bill. Such speeches can be invaluable tools in terms of understanding why a law was enacted, what it was designed to achieve, and what it actually means.

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