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Hansard and Second Reading Speeches

Hansard and Second Reading Speeches

Hansard is the name given to the edited transcripts of parliamentary debates in the Senate, House of Representatives, Federation Chamber and parliamentary committees, and can be found on parliamentary websites. 

Hansard includes the transcript of the second reading speech for Bills. This is where the Minister introducing the Bill to the house of Parliament explains its general principles and purpose.

Commonwealth Parliament of Australia
Queensland Queensland Parliament
New South Wales Parliament of New South Wales
Victoria Parliament of Victoria
Western Australia Parliament of Western Australia
South Australia Parliament of South Australia
Tasmania Parliament of Tasmania
Northern Territory Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory
Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly for the ACT