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Parliamentary and government information

Identify key information resources for goverrnment and parliamentary information.

Hansards for Queensland and Australia

Hansard is the name given to printed parliamentary debates in Australia and many other parliamentary systems around the world. The publication is named after Thomas Curson Hansard, an early printer of the Parliamentary Debates. Hansard contains:

  • the introduction and explanation of Bills
  • Motions
  • Ministers' statements
  • Private members' statements
  • Motions of condolence
  • Questions without notice (delivered in Question Time)
  • Written questions (Questions on Notice).

Most parliamentary systems will have two distinct publications of parliamentary debates, which reflect their bicameral parliamentary systems. For parliamentary debates from other jurisdictions, access the relevant parliamentary website, or search the library catalogue using keywords: Hansard, record of proceedings, or parliamentary debates.

Accessing Queensland Hansard

Online 

You can search the online Record of Proceedings on the Queensland Parliament website. Coverage starts in 1860 onwards. You are also able to browse by sitting dates.

Print

Indexes and finding aids

Accessing Commonwealth Hansard

Online

You can search the complete Hansard from 1901 on the Parliament of Australia website. The complete Hansard is also available via ParlInfo. Use the guided search feature to find speeches by Senators or Members or the second reading speeches of Bills.

Print

The Library also holds the Official Record the Debates of the Australian Federal Convention.

Indexes and finding aids

Indexes included in the printed Hansard.