House debates

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Questions without Notice


3:44 pm

Photo of Tony SmithTony Smith (Speaker) Share this | Hansard source

I don't need to hear from the Leader of the House; I'm ready to make a ruling. It's an interesting question, the way the member for Isaacs has asked it, because he has used the reference to the previous answer. That, as the Manager of Opposition Business knows, has in the past opened ministers to questions about words they've said. In this case, I believe, by having that as the preamble, it rules that question out of order. Let me be blunt: I think if it didn't have that—if it just had the second sentence—it would be in order, but because you're referring to something he said and trying to link it, I don't believe it is in order; I really don't. I'll say very clearly: the member for Isaacs has asked these questions before, particularly of a former Special Minister of State. If he looks confused, I'd invite him to look at the Hansard of the text of those questions at that time. We'll go to the next question, and that's from the member for Dawson.


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