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Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Page: 8448

The SPEAKER (3:50 PM) —Earlier today the Leader of the House raised with me the Hansard record of a personal explanation made by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition. House of Representatives Practice states:

Control over the published content of the Hansard reports of the House resides in the House itself.

In practice, staff of the Department of Parliamentary Services produce the records of debate and, in relation to the editing of material, follow the procedures set out at page 604 of House of Representatives Practice. In relation to the matter raised by the Leader of the House, I am advised that the changes requested by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition were considered by Hansard to be relatively minor in nature and seeking to clarify meaning without altering the sense of words used in debate. On this basis, in line with House of Representatives Practice, Hansard included the changes in the published proof.