Senate debates

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Statements

Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education

2:00 pm

Photo of Mathias CormannMathias Cormann (WA, Liberal Party, Vice-President of the Executive Council) Share this | Hansard source

Responding to the point of order raised by Senator Wong, I refer not just to our standing orders but to our constitutional arrangements. In the Westminster system, it is up to the minister to determine what a minister says in response to certain questions. It is not up to the leader of the opposition to try and answer in her biased way. I think the leader of the opposition should be reminded of the standing orders and our constitutional arrangements and listen to the minister with courtesy and consistently with the standing orders.

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