Hansard is an edited transcript (written record) of what is said in the Senate, House of Representatives, Federation Chamber and committee hearings. In the Senate and the House of Representatives, Hansard reporters sit at a small table in the middle of the room.
Hansard records the spoken word, such as members' speeches and questions. It also includes votes, the text of petitions and ministers' written statements. Hansard reporters don’t need to write down everything they hear; these days computer-assisted transcription and voice recognition technology help them to record proceedings.
Find out more about Hansard with this fact sheet.