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Tuesday, 2 December 2003
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Mr ORGAN (3:02 PM) —My question is to the Prime Minister. Is the Prime Minister aware that my constituent Ms Chris Min, who worked selflessly—

The SPEAKER —The member for Cunningham obliges me to interrupt him at that point. I will listen to his question, but he must be aware that under the standing orders the use of a name in a question is outside the standing orders unless strictly necessary to authenticate the question, and I have yet to find a question that could not be framed in a way that made it intelligible without the constituent's name. The member for Cunningham may proceed as a new member, but he should be aware of that.

Mr ORGAN —I am aware of that standing order, Mr Speaker. The name is necessary to render the question intelligible and authenticated.

Government members interjecting

The SPEAKER —The member for Cunningham has the call.

Mr ORGAN —Is the Prime Minister aware that my constituent Ms Chris Min, who worked selflessly for 22 hours treating victims at Sangla Hospital, Bali, in the immediate aftermath of the October 2002 bombings, was not recognised in the Bali honours list, despite the fact that her mother was one of the first people to raise with the Prime Minister the need for formal recognition of the volunteers? As recognition delayed is recognition denied, what steps is the Prime Minister taking to ensure that my constituent's contribution is formally recognised in the same manner as that of other volunteers forthwith?

Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —In answer to the member for Cunningham, no, I am not aware of that. I will investigate the matter. If there is anything that I can do at this stage to address it, I will. I point out, in no sense of argumentation with the member for Cunningham, that decisions and recommendations in relation to these awards and recognitions are through an essentially independent, arms-length process from the government. I think that is something that is respected on both sides. But I will have a look at the matter, and if it is evident that there has been unfair treatment of the lady, I will see what I can do to remedy it.

Mr Organ —I seek leave to table two letters to the Prime Minister dated 21 October and 25 November, dealing with this issue.

Leave granted.

Mr Howard —Mr Speaker, I ask that further questions be placed on the Notice Paper.