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Rudd way ahead in Windbag Awards.

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Federal Member for Wannon

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Federal Member for Wannon

16 September 2008


He may not be a man of action, but one thing you can say about the Prime Minister is he can talk!

Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, today congratulated Prime Minister Rudd in Parliament on his promising early form in the Parliamentary Windbag Awards.

Mr Rudd is already streets ahead of any former Prime Minister in the time it takes him to answer a question in Question Time.

Mr Hawker said that over the past year Mr Rudd had delivered 50 answers over five minutes in length, more than twice the rate of the former Primer Minister.

“If we look at the five longest answers for 2008, we find that four of those five go to Prime Minister Rudd, and three out of those four answers went for more than 10 minutes!” he said.

“The former Prime Minister only once in seven years took longer than 10 minutes to answer a question.”

Furthermore, Mr Hawker said the Government is taking the longest to answer questions from its own side.

“70 per cent of the time taken for answers now is for government questions and only 30 per cent of ministers’ time is taken responding to opposition questions,” he said.

Mr Hawker said if you compare the length of answers for the first 10 months of the Rudd government with the whole of the 41st (previous) parliament, you can see how rapidly the Rudd government is moving to win this windbag award.

“In the last three years of the Coalition Government answers taking more than five minutes totalled 199. In just 10 months of the Rudd Government answers taking more than five minutes are already up to 162,” he said.

“It’s very clear the winner of the windbag award has to be the new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.”

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