House debates

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Questions without Notice

Murray-Darling Basin

3:16 pm

Photo of Harry JenkinsHarry Jenkins (Speaker) Share this | Hansard source

There was only one aspect that asked for action. In the tradition of the Westminster system questions either seek information or ask for action. There was, somewhere embedded in the question, a request for action. The minister is at liberty to ignore the rest or to respond to the rest. That is the danger when we have questions constructed in the manner that that question was. I would allow the minister the liberty to either ignore or respond to the other aspects of the question, which I agree with the Leader of the House were out of order.


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