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What is Hansard?
Why should I use Hansard?
Where can I find Hansard?


What is Hansard?

A record of parliamentary debates and speeches made in Parliament.


Why should I use Hansard?

To help interpret legislation.

In particular, you should refer to

  • the second reading speech, where the minister who introduced the Bill outlines in detail the purpose of the Bill
  • the debate following the second reading speech, which can sometime lead to amendments to the text of the Bill


Where do I find Hansard?

You can find Hansard on parliamentary websites.

You can find links to Hansard on the Legislation Search Smart Guide.