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Debate (on motion by Mr Seselja) adjourned to the next sitting.

Standing and temporary orders

Rostered ministers question time

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella) (10.29): I move:

That the following temporary order be adopted for the remainder of this Assembly:

Temporary order 113C

113C On each sitting Tuesday and Wednesday each non-Executive Member may propose to the Speaker one question which may be asked of a rostered Minister provided that no Ministers shall be rostered on consecutive sitting days.

The roster shall be determined by the Legislative Assembly by resolution.

Notice of the question shall be provided to the Speaker not later than 1.5 hours before the time fixed for the meeting of the Assembly.

If the Speaker determines that a question is in order, the Speaker may choose by lot up to five questions, and these shall be published prior to the time the Assembly meets.

At the conclusion of questions without notice, the Speaker shall call each Member whose question has been chosen to ask their question and one supplementary.

Ministers shall have two minutes to answer the question and any supplementary.

I move this motion on behalf of the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure and would like to indicate to the chamber that the genesis of this particular temporary standing order was Mr Coe’s visit to England. I wish to congratulate him for actually going to one of these Westminster seminar-type events and seeing how, in fact, they operate overseas and how they may apply to our own jurisdiction. It is a temporary standing order. We will see what it is like at the end of this particular Assembly, then we will review it and then we may toss it, we may refine it, we may leave it as it is. It will be for elected members of another Assembly to determine that.

The temporary order allows for additional questioning of ministers post question time under a set of rules. Those rules are that it will only apply on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. There will be a roster, and I shall be proposing that roster following the passage of this particular motion. I hope it passes. There will need to be notice of the question given to the Speaker not later than 1½ hours before the time fixed for the meeting of the Assembly so that sufficient time can be given to the minister on the roster to be able to give a fulsome response to the question that has been provided.

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