Senate debates

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Questions without Notice

Australian Water Holdings

2:00 pm

Photo of John HoggJohn Hogg (President) Share this | Hansard source

Order! So that everyone is clear: a question must be answered only insofar as it relates to ministerial responsibility—in other words, the public affairs with which the minister is officially connected, proceedings pending in parliament or any matter of administration for which the minister is responsible in a personal representative capacity. However, an answer may provide clarification of statements made by ministers, even if the statements are not clearly within their ministerial responsibility. The keyword is 'ministerial responsibility'. So I rule: on the question that has been asked insofar as it goes to the ministerial responsibility of the minister, the minister needs to respond to that part of the question which directly relates to ministerial responsibility—

Government senators interjecting—

Order! And I call the Assistant Treasurer, Senator Sinodinos.


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