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Commonwealth of Australia Hansard

These are Hansard XML files downloaded from the Parliament of Australia website by Tim Sherratt in November 2016.

The files are made available on the Parliament website under a CC-BY-NC-ND licence.

Currently this repository includes files for the House of Representatives and the Senate from 1901 to 1980. The Hansard file format changes after 1980.

Browse the files or download a zip file of the lot (it's big). For convenience there's also individual zip files for each year.

In the process of harvesting the Senate XML files I noticed that some sitting days seem to be missing. I've documented what I found in my Research Notebook. Almost all of the problems have now been fixed. I think the only day of Senate proceedings now missing is 20 September 1907.

The XML is a bit dodgy in places, so feel free to fork this repository, correct the XML, and send me pull requests.

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