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The Order Paper and Notice Paper guides the deliberations of the Senate and lists items of business currently before it. It is prepared every day the Senate sits in advance of the actual sitting. The majority of these items constitute the Orders of the Day, which are called following Routine Proceedings. These items are themselves divided into two principal categories — government business and other business. Within each of these two categories are items for bills, motions, inquiries and reports of committees. The Notice Paper contains the text of motions and inquiries not yet called for debate.
The Journals of the Senate provides concise overviews of all the Senate’s activities in a given day. A typical Journal includes a list of senators present in the chamber, the text of some motions and the results of votes.
The Debates of the Senate, also known as Hansard, are full transcripts of senators’ remarks, questions and exchanges on any given day. They are a written record of the lively deliberations that characterize the Senate. The Debates are generally published online within 24 hours of a Senate sitting.