Commonwealth government publications



What is Hansard?

'Hansard is the name given to transcripts of parliamentary proceedings' (source). Hansard contains a record of discussions about new legislation and proposed changes to legislation.


Hansard from 1901 onwards can be searched on the ParlInfo website.

There are no separate printed indexes. Printed indexes for each sitting period (usually about half a year) are at the back of the printed volumes of Hansard. They are in two parts:

  • Part 1: speeches
  • Part 2: subjects

Newspaper indexes can also be used to locate significant debates.