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Tuesday, 19 June 2001
Page: 27876

Mr WILKIE (3:42 PM) —Mr Speaker, I have a question of you. In light of the fact that there are some 42 unanswered questions on the Notice Paper to the Minister for Health and Aged Care, some of which date back over two to 2½ years, what action can be taken to protect the integrity of the parliament by ensuring ministers respond to questions on notice in a reasonable period of time? As I said previously, given that some of these questions are some two to 2½ years old, I believe this matter brings the House into disrepute and requires urgent attention.

Mr SPEAKER —In response to the member for Swan, who is a relatively new member, I would point out that, prior to the insertion of standing order 150, the opportunity to follow these matters up did not exist. If the House is unhappy with the present structure of the standing orders, there are facilities before the House to address that matter.