Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Questions without Notice
Deputy Prime Minister
My question is to Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator Canavan. Did the minister or any of his staff raise with the secretary or any other senior official in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science the appointment of Deputy Prime Minister Joyce's former media adviser to a departmental role?
Did the minister or any of his staff raise with the secretary or any other senior officials in any other department the appointment of Deputy Prime Minister Joyce's former media adviser to a departmental role?
I just on the point of order make the point that the question was asked and the minister answered the question. The minister answered the question as he was able to answer it, so there's no point of order.
Opposition senators interjecting—
Order on my left! I asked for order on my right. Senator Collins, please resume your seat. On my left: I asked for order on my right so I could hear Senator Wong. I'm going to ask you to return the courtesy to Senator Cormann. Senator Collins, I'm prepared to rule on this. Senator Wong did not raise a point order. I cannot instruct the minister how to answer the question. There is an opportunity in this chamber to ask questions. The minister was relevant to the question. That is the limit of my authority. Senator Cameron, do you have a final supplementary question?