Why are all debates recorded?
The public galleries in the House of Representatives.
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Hi there, Sparkle! Thanks for your question.
It is important that all debates in the Australian Parliament are recorded so all Australians can follow the proceedings, and to make sure the Parliament is open and accountable.
There are cameras and microphones to record the meetings of Parliament which are live streamed on the Australian Parliament House website so that anyone can tune in and follow the discussion.
The debates are also recorded in Hansard, which is an edited transcript – written record – of what is said in the Parliament.