Chapter 5 - Officers of the Senate: Parliamentary administration

Questions to the President

The standing orders do not provide for the President to be asked questions, either without or on notice. Nonetheless, it is now common practice for questions to be asked of the President, on the ground that certain matters, particularly dealing with Parliamentary administration, can be answered satisfactorily only by the President, rather than by a Minister to whom otherwise the question would have to be addressed. Questions to the President are usually without notice, but are occasionally placed on the Notice Paper. Answers are given either immediately or when the information becomes available. (See Supplement)

The President also appears before the relevant committee, accompanied by parliamentary officers, to answer questions on the estimates for the Senate Department and the joint parliamentary department, and may be required to answer further questions in committee of the whole on those estimates. (See Supplement)

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