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Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Page: 10193

Questions Without Notice

Mr OAKESHOTT (Lyne) (15:12): There seems to be some emerging mythology that during question time the crossbench is only allowed one supplementary question per week. I would ask if you could clarify that with the Speaker himself. Extra supplementaries were part of the Speaker's changes. I would ask for that to be clarified for the House. My recollection is different to what seems to be emerging.

Mr Pyne: I may be able to assist the House by pointing out that in fact Speaker Slipper came into the House and added to a statement he had already made to the House about supplementary questions and made it perfectly clear in that statement that crossbench members were entitled to one supplementary question each week.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Ms AE Burke ) (15:13): For clarification for the member for Lyne, I will seek clarification from the Speaker.