A key function of the Parliament is to question and monitor the activities of the government. This is achieved through the daily Questions Without Notice in both houses.
Opposition members and government backbenchers are able to ask questions of government ministers about their official duties.
This occasion is one of the few times when all members appear in the chamber. Question Time is telecast live and is the main window that members of the public have into the operation of the parliament.
Question Time has been criticised because of its boisterous nature and because it is seen as an occasion where both sides attempt to score points rather than extract or provide information. The pre-arranged, “friendly” questions asked by government members, known as Dorothy Dixers, is often criticised, although it is difficult to see how these can be curtailed without infringing on the rights of government members to ask questions.
Members may also submit written questions, known as Questions On Notice, which ministers are required to answer in writing.
- 2002 – A Statistical Analysis of Question Time
- 2002 – Howard Claims Better Record On Questions Than Keating, Hawke, or Fraser
- House of Representatives Question Time 1963-2000 – Statistics showing the number of Questions Without Notice and Questions On Notice asked over 38 years
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- Feb 13, 2002: A Statistical Analysis Of Question Time
- Feb 07, 2002: Simon Crean: A Modern Parliament For A Modern Australia
- Feb 15, 2001: Statistics On House Of Representatives Question Time 1963-2000
- Jul 01, 2000: House Of Representatives Activity Statistics – 1983-1999
- Dec 16, 1992: In Final Question Time Before 1993 Election, Keating Lashes Hewson On Fightback!
- Sep 10, 1992: Michael Duffy Gives Peter Costello A Lesson In Question Time
- Feb 27, 1992: Keating Blasts The Old Fogies Of The Liberal Party And The Cultural Cringe Of The 1950s