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What is Hansard?

The Record of Proceedings is commonly referred to as Hansard. The Record of Proceedings is the official report of the debates and proceedings of Parliament. It is not a verbatim report of what is said in the Legislative Assembly. Rather, it is an accurate written representation of speeches and statements devoid of redundancies, obvious grammatical errors, slips of the tongue and factual anomalies. 

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The broadcast of the proceedings of Parliament is an audiovisual record of the proceedings of Parliament and can be accessed live and on demand as follows.

Live broadcast

Live audio and video broadcasts of parliamentary proceedings are available by clicking on the chamber broadcast icon located in the top right-hand corner of the parliament’s home page.

Please note that this service is only available when the Parliament is in session.

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Broadcast on Demand

Broadcast on Demand is available through accessing the electronic Record of Proceedings.

A camera icon will appear in the left-hand margin at various points throughout the electronic document. By clicking on this icon, users will be able to watch a video replay of the proceedings of Parliament from that point onward.

The on-demand broadcast will become available at the times the Record of Proceedings is published on the internet throughout a sitting day, which is 2 pm, 4 pm and within two hours of the House rising.

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What is the origin of Hansard?

Hansard is commonly regarded as taking its name from Luke Hansard, who in the latter half of the 18th century wrote a newspaper column about the House of Commons titled The Journals of the House. In 1803, William Cobbett commenced the publication of reports, which were reprints of newspaper reports of the debates of the House of Commons.

Thomas Hansard took over from him. It was not until 1909 that the House of Commons first published its own reports of debates that were called the Official Report and not Hansard. However, in Queensland, because of allegedly unreliable newspaper reports, Hansard was established in 1864, only five years after separation from New South Wales. By 1878, the Queensland Parliament was the first in the world to have a daily official report of the debates without any form of Government censorship.

For general inquiries email: hansard@parliament.qld.gov.au