House debates

Thursday, 29 October 2020

Ministerial Statements


9:43 am

Photo of Mr Tony BurkeMr Tony Burke (Watson, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for the Arts) Share this | Hansard source

Yes, thanks, Mr Speaker. I didn't want to interrupt at any point during the statement, and the minister had followed the protocol of providing the speech in advance. The point of order goes to ministerial statements. Effectively, I'm seeking either a statement immediately from the chair or one that you can reflect on and report back to the House.

When a statement is given by leave, normally leave means the standing orders are set aside. Ministerial statements are an exception to that, as you know, Mr Speaker, in that leave activates certain standing orders for a ministerial statement. Practice is quite clear. It's sort of the opposite of question time. In question time there are lots of restrictions on what you can put in the question—


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