Weatherston, J. S. (Joseph Stewart), 1876-1950
Commonwealth Hansard : its establishment and development / [by] J.S. Weatherston
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Nq 328.94 AUS
Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service, 1975
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Preface 5
Contents 7
Introduction 9
Authority for Hansard 12
Control of publication 16
Control of staff 18
Reporting staff 19
Recruit training 22
Administrative staff 23
Typists 24
Hansard and the Standing Orders 27
Weekly and twice-weekly issues 29
Early advocacy of a daily Hansard 31
Hansard ‘flats' 34
Emergence of daily Hansard 36
Free distribution to members and senators 39
Free distribution to organisations 42
Reprints of speeches 43
Copyright 54
Cost and Price 57
Bound volumes 60
Reporting of debates in committee 65
Extra-Parliamentary work 66
Inclusion of unread matter 69
Questions on Notice 77
Questions without Notice 80
Correction of proofs 82
Interjections 91
Omission of voluminous matter 93
Graphs, maps and blocks generally 97
Papers and annual reports 97
Deletions 101
Inclusion of notices of motion 102
Petitions 102
Identifying members 103
Party affiliations 104
Use of term ‘M.P.' 104
Military and academic titles 108
Party leaders 110
Designation of Mr Deputy Speaker and Mr Deputy President 112
Paragraphing speeches 114
Addressing the Chair 115
Subheadings in speeches 115
Time of commencement of speeches 115
Urgency debates 116
Impounding of Hansard report 118
Secret sittings of the Parliament in time of war 118
War censorship 119
Security considerations 127
Hansard reporters not strangers 128
Pairs 129
Quorums 129
Calling for immediate transcript of notes 131
Separation of Senate and House of Representatives Hansards 131
Colour of Hansard covers 132
Reporters called as witnesses in court proceedings 134
Tape recording of the Parliament 136
Tape recording of committees and conferences 140
Coat of arms 143
Imprint 144
Indexing of debates 145
Consideration for staff 148
Conclusion 150



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  | title=Commonwealth Hansard : its establishment and development
  | year=1975
  | section=viii,143p. ; 26cm.
  | isbn=0642003262
  | series=Parliamentary paper (Australia. Parliament) ;
  | edition=3rd ed. revised /
  | issue=PP no. 286 of 1972
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