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Tuesday, 27 May 2003
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Mr LEO McLEAY (3:22 PM) —Mr Speaker, I have a question to you relating to your second statement to the House. To your knowledge, has a minister or committee chairman ever done this before? Are you creating a brand-new precedent today?

The SPEAKER —Let me respond to the member for Watson by saying that I am not sure that there has been an occasion in the past on which a committee chair has even been asked a question. Certainly, to my knowledge, there has not been an occasion on which a committee chair has referred a question to a minister. So far as creating a precedent is concerned, I have not knowingly created a precedent, in that what I have done has merely been to indicate to the House what seemed to be consistent with the standing orders and House of Representatives Practice.