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introducing hansardku

26 July, 2013

Our good friend Grahame, @angrygoat on Twitter, yesterday unveiled a wonderful new Hansard project: Hansardku, which parses the XML files of the federal Hansard, both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and finds blocks of text which match the syllable structure of a haiku. The results are a mixture of fascinating, funny, weird, topical, irrelevant, disturbing, and often nonsensical, as is the risk of this kind of search – keep going through the results, though, and you hit some pretty fantastic outputs.

There’s a temptation to just keep spending time on Hansardku and endlessly tweet haiku, and despite currently having a couple of dozen Hansardku tabs open, hopefully I’ll resist that (then again, I said I’d avoid starting a blog to post the weird bits of the WA Hansard and that clearly worked out well). However, I’d like to make a weekly series, if possible, of highlights. We’ll see how it goes, anyway.

So, for now, here is the first selection of highlights that we found yesterday, from the Hansard of the Parliament of Australia, in haiku form:

these are the jokers
that are responsible for
the good government
Cormann, Sen Mathias (LP)
Senate Hansard, Tuesday, 07 February 2012 [hansardku link]

barely heard up here,
but I can hear and see the
nastiness between
Hockey, Joe, MP (LP)
REPS Hansard, Thursday, 28 May 1998 [hansardku]

asylum seekers,
are they really the type
of people we want
Bernardi, Sen Cory (LP)
SENATE Hansard, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 [hansardku]

come and rescue them
and then throw their iPhone and
passport overboard
Christensen, George, MP (Nats)
House of Reps Hansard, Tuesday, 11 September 2012 [hansardku]

Australia will not
understand the issues around
refugee status.
Moore, Sen Claire (ALP)
SENATE Hansard, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 [hansardku]

put the frog into
a pot of cold water and
bring it to the boil,
Irwin, Julia, MP (ALP)
REPS Hansard, Thursday, 29 May 2003 [hansardku]

that what we will see
from those opposite is what
we have seen today
Gillard, Julia, MP (ALP)
REPS Hansard, Thursday, 22 October 2009 [hansardku]

current Leader of
the Opposition—leaving
out salient facts
Pyne, Chris, MP (LP)
REPS Hansard, Thursday, 21 June 2007 [hansardku]

any more than we
can ban red, two-door cars with
fluffy dice swinging
Ripoll, Bernie, MP (ALP)
REPS Hansard, Wednesday, 13 November 2002 [hansardku]

Women? If not, do
we expect to have one soon
after investing
Gambaro, Teresa, MP (LP)
House of Reps Hansard, Wednesday, 15 June 2011 [hansardku]

want to bring your minds
to the way this bill defines
very strong penalties
Snowdon, Warren, MP (ALP)
REPS Hansard, Wednesday, 11 October 2000 [hansardku]

just a hint as to
where the money might come from.
The Australian
Leigh, Andrew, MP (ALP)
House of Reps Hansard, Monday, 10 September 2012 [hansardku]

they get out into
the community and we
will never find them
Knowles, Sen Susan (LP)
SENATE Hansard, Thursday, 14 February 2002 [hansardku]

but I suppose I
do remember the time when
I had a Beatle
Alston, Sen Richard (LP)
SENATE Hansard, Wednesday, 03 December 2003 [hansardku]

shock of the early
1970s effectively put paid
to any ideas
Eggleston, Sen Alan (LP)
SENATE Hansard, Wednesday, 08 December 2004 [hansardku]

pink, blue, fluffy, straight,
thigh high, knee high or ankle
high, they are ugh boots,
Jackson, Sharryn, MP (ALP)
REPS Hansard, Thursday, 12 August 2004 [hansardku]

every other
hobo and desperate in
the world gets his mail
Jones, Ewen, MP (LP)
House of Reps Hansard, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 [hansardku]

He is swallowing
up time in an attempt to
pursue another
REPS Hansard, Wednesday, 17 February 1999 [hansardku]

coffee whilst you are
sitting at a committee
table is something
Parry, Sen Stephen (LP)
SENATE Hansard, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 [hansardku]

leadership; a sense
of justice; lots of great stories,
jokes and cups of tea;
McLucas, Sen Jan (ALP)
SENATE Hansard, Tuesday, 25 November 2003 [hansardku]

you get Midnight Oil
pirated or copied, it
is still Midnight Oil;
Murray, Sen Andrew
SENATE Hansard, Saturday, 11 July 1998 [hansardku]

many others have
incorrectly tweeted that
they won the netball
Perrett, Graham, MP (ALP)
House of Reps Hansard, Wednesday, 26 June 2013 [hansardku]

what has happened
with our computers in the
last couple of days,
Heffernan, Sen Bill (LP)
SENATE Hansard, Thursday, 12 February 2004 [hansardku]

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