House debates

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Questions without Notice

Prime Minister

3:08 pm

Photo of Sharon ClaydonSharon Claydon (Newcastle, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. In recent weeks the Prime Minister has not read the allegations of serious sexual assault against the Attorney-General but declared him innocent anyway, has not checked whether his own office sought to undermine Brittany Higgins's loved ones even though she said they did, has not believed the Tasmanian Speaker's account of horrendous comments allegedly made by Senator Abetz and declared it would be very unfair to draw conclusions. In each case a woman's word was not read, a woman's claim not checked— (Time expired)

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

There's no question. I'll move to the next one.

Opposition members interjecting

Sorry, I'm not going to put up with that from the member for Lalor. We have a time limit for questions. It applies to both sides. You have 30 seconds. It is completely unacceptable to interject when I'm enforcing the standing orders. You expect me to enforce them. You have up to 30 seconds and if a question can't be asked in that time then there's no question. I have done the same thing with the member for Kennedy on a number of occasions and actually met approval for doing so.