Mar 20, 2012

This is why question time must be suspended

The opposition could do us all a favour and simply junk question time altogether.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

“This is urgent. It should take priority over all other matters before this House.”

That was Tony Abbott, rising to ask to suspend standing orders to discuss western Sydney gun crime last Wednesday at 2.52pm.

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5 thoughts on “This is why question time must be suspended

  1. Meski

    Can’t Slipper just kick them for 24 hours for being vexatious and frivolous? Or can’t we get Judge Judy to replace him for a few months? I’d get pay per view tv to watch Question Time then.

  2. deccles

    When I was young I use to come home from primary school and hear question time blaring in every room in the house. It was an education, one I’ve never quite recovered from. Question time deteriorated under Keating and then became practically useless under Howard.

    In the old days real questions of substance were answered in the House to hold the government of the day accountable, now it’s nothing more than grandstanding soundbites, and we as a nation suffer for it. Then we complain about it, and then every 3 years we go to a ballot box and very few of us connect the dots. It saddens me.

  3. Edward James

    Voters are starting to connect the dots. They now understand the is nothing to stop them from voting a politician out of government again the very next election. If they fail to put their constituents first. If nothing else it means the lifetime super is not on the table for a one term wonder. Voters do have the power to shake the base of politics all they need to do is exercise the vote by numbering boxes below the line directing their own preferences. Edward James

  4. Suzanne Blake

    I agree QT is a comedy. But….

    The Government Ministers need to he held to the EXACT question, not their spin.

    When answering Dorathy Dixers, the Ministers cannot just attack the opposition.

  5. Edward James

    Members of the grass roots community have been conned by the members and supporters of the two parties not much preferred. Into believeing they can no longer change the way we are governed. People are so jaded when they read their Mayor and Deputy Mayor have been identifed in print as liars, they sit there and suck their thumbs and perhaps consider what they can do! God help us all! Edward James http://bit.ly/EJ_PNewsAds Link to political attack ads

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