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  • Which Minister?: Answering questions during Question Time

    Posted 6/12/2013 by Sophia Fernandes
    During Question Time on 5 December 2013, the member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, asked the Treasurer, the Hon. Joe Hockey, a question. Halfway through his response to the question, Mr Hockey invited the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Warren Truss to finish the answer. The Speaker ruled that this was in order and by doing so upheld precedence.While transferring the responsibility for the answer of a question seems highly unusual, House of Representatives Practice (6th ed., p.550) states that it is e... Read more...

    TAGS: parliamentary procedure, question time, speaker

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  • Question Time: Questions directed to non-government members

    Posted 29/05/2013 by Sophia Fernandes
    In Question Time on 28 May 2013 the Leader of the House, the Hon. Anthony Albanese, moved a Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders (SSSO) to allow the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Tony Abbott, to address the House. The SSSO was moved to provide the Leader of the Opposition the opportunity to answer a question during Question Time – a rare and highly unusual occurrence.The member for Lyne, Rob Oakeshott, directed a question to both the Prime Minister and with the indulgence of the Hous... Read more...

    TAGS: parliamentary procedure, question time, suspension of standing and sessional orders

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