House debates

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Questions to the Speaker

Reflections on Members of the Judiciary

3:14 pm

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

Madam Speaker, I refer to page 520 of the practice regarding reflections on members of the judiciary. There was a lot of noise at the time, but I would ask you to have another look at the answer given by the Prime Minister today when he referred to specific cases and whether or not actions ought to have been brought. I was not able to hear it with enough clarity to be able to determine whether or not it conflicted with that standing order, but I would ask you reflect on that and check it against practice.

3:15 pm

Photo of Mrs Bronwyn BishopMrs Bronwyn Bishop (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

A question as to whether or not a matter is prosecuted is not a reflection on the judiciary, but I will have a look at it anyway.