Progress on obtaining permission to republish the Hansard

The Hansard, the official parliamentary record, which we are using to generate the content of our web application is copyrighted. This means that we can not republish it (i.e. launch the site) until we have obtained permission.

At the beginning of January we contacted the Commonwealth Copyright Administration to gain permission to republish not only the Hansard but the entire contents of www.aph.gov.au, the Parliament of Australia’s website.

After a process of being directed to several different departments we recently were informed that our request is now being seriously considered by all three Parliamentary departments that support the working of Parliament, the Department of the Senate, the Department of the House of Representatives and the Department of Parliamentary Services.

The topic of discussion at this stage is focused on how each government department’s information is cited which is completely reasonable. Also, in every speech that is shown in our application there is a link that goes directly to the original Hansard source on the Parliament of Australia website.

With a bit of luck we should obtain permission soon.

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