Feb 12, 2007

Questions to the Speaker – Question Time

Questions to the Speaker – Question Time

12 February 2007

Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler) (4.18 p.m.)—Mr Speaker, I have a question for you concerning the conclusion of question time today. Extraordinarily, the Prime Minister chose not to vote in the censure motion against him that was moved by the Leader of the Opposition. Normally, it would be the case that question time would be called off by the Prime Minister; today that did not occur. Is it within standing orders for another minister to go to the dispatch box and call off question time, or should question time have been allowed to proceed given that the Prime Minister deemed it not worthy to vote on that censure motion?

The SPEAKER—I think there have been a number of occasions when I have noted that ministers other than the Prime Minister have asked for further questions to be placed on the Notice Paper, so I do not think there was anything particularly unusual about today’s event.