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Thursday, 12 September 1996
Page: 3391


The PRESIDENT —Yesterday I undertook to check whether there were questions contained in Senator Faulkner's supplementary question on the dental health program. I had initially ruled the supplementary question out of order on the basis that it did not appear to me to contain a question, but I then accepted Senator Faulkner's re-statement of his intended question, which was then answered by the Minister for Social Security, Senator Newman. Having checked the transcript, I find that Senator Faulkner did initially pose questions, but then followed these with statements and concluded with an unparliamentary expression. The statements and the unparliamentary expression were certainly not in order.

There are three points I would make about the matter: questions should be confined to questions and should not contain statements; unparliamentary language should not be used; and it is sometimes difficult for the chair with the level of noise which was maintained during that question yesterday.