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Thursday, 20 September 2012
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Questions in Writing

Mr BRIGGS (Mayo) (15:15): Madam Deputy Speaker, I ask whether you will ask the Speaker to write to ministers to follow up questions which are more than—

Honourable members interjecting

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Ms AE Burke ): The member for Mayo has the call!

Mr BRIGGS: Question No. 781, which is to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, has been on the notice paper for 301 days—301 days, Albo.

Honourable members interjecting

Mr BRIGGS: Question 781—301 days!

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: No, the member for Mayo has a long list. Let us get through them.

Honourable members interjecting

Mr BRIGGS: It is a good question; you should answer it. There is question No. 841, to the Prime Minister; 842, to the Treasurer; 843, to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research; 844, to the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy; 845, to the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government; 846, to the Minister for the Arts; 847, to the Minister for Foreign Affairs; 848, to the Minister for Defence; 849, to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship; 850, to the infrastructure minister, again; 851, to the Attorney-General; 852, to the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs; 853, to the Minister for Disability Reform; 854, to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities; 856, to the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth; 857, to the Minister for Emergency Management; 858, to the Minister for Housing; 859, to the Minister for Homelessness; 860, to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry; 861, to the Minister for Resources and Energy; 862, to the Minister for Tourism; 863, to the Minister for Trade and Competitiveness; 864, to the Minister for Industry and Innovation; 865, to the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency—I am getting there, Madam Deputy Speaker; 866, to the Minister for Health; 867, to the Treasurer; 868, to the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations; 869, to the Minister for Social Inclusion; and 870, to the Minister for Health. They have all been on the Notice Paper for 217 days, Madam Deputy Speaker.

Question No. 920, to the Minister for Emergency Management, has been on there for 184 days. There is also question No. 1079 to the minister for broadband; No. 1080, to the minister for broadband—I think you represent the broadband minister in here, Albo; you have done it again.

Mr Albanese: That's me. What is it?

Mr BRIGGS: There are so many of them. I cannot go through so many of them for you.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Mayo will continue or he will run out of time.

Mr BRIGGS: There is question No. 1083, to the Treasurer; 1086, to the minister for regional Australia; 1097, to the Minister for Finance and Deregulation; 1104, to the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency; and, finally, 1106, to the Treasurer. Madam Deputy Speaker, if you could write and ask those ministers for the answers to those questions, that would be much appreciated. Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker.

Ms BURKE (ChisholmDeputy Speaker) (15:17): I will ensure that the questions of the hardworking member for Mayo are followed up.