The Hon. I.K. HUNTER: Mr President, I move:
The suspension of so much of standing orders that prevent the honourable member on his feet from asking his question and the honourable minister from answering it.
The PRESIDENT: He’s got half the question out—
The Hon. I.K. Hunter: The time’s up.
The PRESIDENT: Only a minister apparently.
The Hon. R.I. Lucas: I think he still thinks he’s a minister.
The Hon. I.K. Hunter: Well, ministers are not attending to their duties, clearly. Someone’s got to do it.
The PRESIDENT: Can we just stop the conversation? Can I ask, Treasurer, that you allow the Hon. Mr Ngo some time to finish his question.
The Hon. R.I. Lucas: Can I ask that you rule him out of order, firstly?
The PRESIDENT: You can ask, but the moment has passed.
The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (Treasurer) (15:20): Given that the honourable member doesn’t realise he is no longer a minister, I move:
That so much of standing orders be suspended as to allow the Hon. Mr Ngo to ask his question, with a brief explanation, and sufficient time for whomsoever it is directed to give a brief answer.
Motion carried.See full session on Hansard