Capacity of an Honourable Member to Answer a Question Without Notice


The Hon. K.J. MAHER: Point of order: the question was not to the Treasurer but to the energy minister. The point of order is relevance. I appreciate that the Treasurer is trying to protect his minister who has misled the house—

The PRESIDENT: No, it’s—

The Hon. K.J. MAHER: —but the question was to the energy minister and he has been going for about six minutes now.

The PRESIDENT: It is convention that the Treasurer can attempt to answer it or seek to answer it and also refer those other remaining matters that he cannot answer, which are in the mind of the minister alone, and refer them to him. Treasurer, please go on.

The Hon. K.J. Maher interjecting:

The PRESIDENT: Leader of the Opposition, please, if you want to carry these conversations on, please leave—remove yourself from the chamber.

Members interjecting:

The PRESIDENT: Leader of the Opposition, you are only embarrassing yourself at the moment. I would like to hear from the Treasurer.


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