Appropriateness of reading a media statement


The Hon. K.J. MAHER: Point of order, Mr President: the honourable member is not contributing anything new to the debate and merely reading from a prepared media statement.

The PRESIDENT: I haven’t seen the media statement—

The Hon. K.J. Maher: It’s already on the public record.

The PRESIDENT: —but the point is well made. Minister, if you are reading from a media release, it is not appropriate.

The Hon. K.J. Maher: I am reading out exactly what’s printed in the media.

The Hon. S.G. WADE: Be assured, I am not reading from a media—

The PRESIDENT: I haven’t got it. I have upheld your point of order—rarely—and I have warned the minister that he can’t just read out a media statement.


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