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Monday, 26 February 2018
Page: 1838

Joint Committee on Publications

Mr FITZGIBBON (Hunter) (15:04): My question is to the member for Dawson in his capacity as the chair of the Joint Committee on Publications. When does his committee next intend to hold public hearings? Will those public hearings seek evidence from the member for New England on whether the secret coalition agreement should be published as a parliamentary paper? In leading the committee, does the member for Dawson act with the support of other members, or does he act alone?

The SPEAKER: The member for Hunter can resume his seat, and the Leader of the House can resume his seat. The first part of that question relating to when the committee is scheduled or plans to have its next public hearings for the publications committee is the only part of the question that is in order.

Mr CHRISTENSEN (Dawson) (15:05): A nonsense question like that deserves the answer I am about to give to the member, and that is: ask a real question to government ministers, not backbenchers. That's for starters. Do that. That's your job. Secondly, my committee has been very efficient, actually. What we have done is streamline the processes for presentation of parliamentary papers to the parliament and, as such, we no longer meet.