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Howard Dragged into 21st Century

The Howard Government has been dragged kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century with its backflip allowing Question Time tomorrow.

As Labor has argued, there is enough time tomorrow to pay respect to the passing of the Queen Mother and respect accountability by holding Question Time as usual.

Given this is only the 15th day of sitting in 8 months the restoration of Question Time is the very least the Government can do.

The public and the Parliament want some genuine reform. They want both sides of the House to bring forward comprehensive 21st Century Parliamentary reform, for example an independent Speaker, reform of Question Time and regular Parliamentary sittings.

Given this back flip I now call on the Prime Minister and Mr Abbott to join with Labor in progressing a genuine program of Parliamentary reform.

ENDS 13 May 2002 Web:

Contact: Wayne Swan on 0418 795 329 Lauren McGregor on 0409 873 501

Wayne Swan MP Manager of Opposition Business Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services