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An analysis of effectiveness of parliamentary questions in the Queensland Parliament

Ojha, Suman & Mishra, Sanjay K. (2010) An analysis of effectiveness of parliamentary questions in the Queensland Parliament. In Proceedings of the Australian Political Studies Association Conference 2010 - Connected Globe: Conflicting Worlds, Australian Political Science Association Conference 2010, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic.

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Abstract

Parliamentary questions are an integral part of most Westminster parliamentary systems, serving as a major form of legislative oversight and constituency service (Glassman 2008). There are two types of parliamentary questions, ‘questions without notice’ and ‘questions on notice’. Questions without notice are asked and answered orally during ‘Question Time’. Questions on notice are asked in writing and the relevant minister provides the answer in writing. Parliamentary questions provide a mechanism to seek the accountability of the executive on the floor of the House and barely ‘any aspect of the executive department’s powers and activities can be shielded from questions’ (Crick 1964: 237). In terms of media coverage, this practice is the most widely reported legislative device. Therefore, to a casual observer, the working of parliament is synonymous with Question Time.

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ID Code: 40774
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Parliamentary Questions, Queensland Parliament
ISBN: 9780646542706
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 17 Mar 2011 08:38
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:29

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