Senate debates

Wednesday, 10 May 2023


Answers to Estimates Questions on Notice; Order for the Production of Documents

4:33 pm

Photo of Wendy AskewWendy Askew (Tasmania, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

At the request of Senator Cash, I move:


(a) the Senate notes that, as at 9 am on Monday, 8 May 2023, 1,929 questions on notice from the 2022-23 supplementary Budget estimates remain unanswered and are overdue:

(i) Prime Minister and Cabinet, 591 questions,

(ii) Defence, 408 questions,

(iii) Health and Aged Care, 401 questions,

(iv) Social Services, 189 questions,

(v) Foreign Affairs and Trade, 133 questions,

(vi) Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts, 52 questions,

(vii) Employment and Workplace Relations, 42 questions,

(viii) Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, 26 questions,

(ix) Finance, 26 questions,

(x) Treasury, 25 questions,

(xi) Services Australia, 22 questions,

(xii) Industry, Science and Resources, 9 questions, and

(xiii) Attorney-General's, 4 questions;

(b) there be laid on the table by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, by no later than 9 am on Thursday, 18 May 2023, the answers to all 1,929 unanswered questions on notice from the 2022-23 supplementary Budget estimates; and

(c) the Senate requires the Leader of the Government in the Senate to attend the chamber at the conclusion of formal business on Thursday, 11 May 2023, to provide an explanation, for no more than 10 minutes, of the failure of the Government to comply with timely response to questions on notice, as required under the standing orders.

  Question agreed to.