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“Mr Speaker, I withdraw...”: a comparative analysis of parliamentary standards over time via online Hansard Christopher Salisbury, University of Queensland.

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1 “Mr Speaker, I withdraw...”: a comparative analysis of parliamentary standards over time via online Hansard Christopher Salisbury, University of Queensland

2 What is the online Hansard? Open access → presents an accessible and easy-to-use format Up-to-date → transcripts posted daily and ‘edited’ weekly Instant results → more readily available and searchable Saveable data → search results offered as text or pdf files Research scope → allows for broad or narrow searches Flexible reference tool → basic or advanced search modes

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5 Why “Mr Speaker, I withdraw …”? Easily identifiable behaviour – gets to the ‘heart of the matter’ Shows ‘who, what, when and why’ – which party, which side and how often Ease of searching and manageable results

6 How the West was won Accessed online Hansard of the Queensland Parliament, searched for “Mr Speaker, I withdraw” Looked to Hansards of Western Australian and federal parliaments to provide comparison and context Limited search timeframe to Recorded search results according to differentiating criteria, calculated and tabled numerically

7 Number of withdrawals per year by parliament

8 Percentage of total withdrawals by parliamentary status

9 Percentage of total withdrawals by party

10 The results, if you will … Standards of behaviour appear to be getting worse over time One side of the House not necessarily any worse – or better – than the other The wild, wild west! Serial pests in the ranks

11 Comparison of withdrawals made by leaders of government and opposition

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