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that concludes oral-b I put a point of order the Honorable Christopher mr. speaker at the beginning of question time today you made a ruling regarding written questions or written question answers that my colleague the Honorable Phil Twyford had put forward and I’ve had a chance to now look at those questions I know that you have written to me about this meter as well certainly I can understand the concern that you have raised about some of the answers that my colleague has given and I agree with you that some of the flippant comments that he has made in those do not reflect well on the house however the question that I would like to raise with you is around some of the ironic expressions that are made in some of the questions themselves and whether in fact one or two of those answers were in fact appropriate given the context of the question for example in question number one one six five two that the operable part of the question was how many more sleeps are required before a decision is made regarding he we build eligibility rules and income testing to which the minister replied it depends how frequently the member sleeps the point that I would make there mr. speaker is that the question itself did seat itself up for that comment so I fully understand a more rigorous approach to the answers and I wouldn’t contest’ that at all the the question that I would ask of you mr. speaker is that a rigorous approach has also taken to the accepting of the written questions themselves because some of these questions do invite answers that are perhaps not reflected that would not reflect well on their Spurs the questions themselves don’t reflect well on the house and I can deal with that our point of order very easily if the minister of Housing and Urban Development had not used the expression not many more sleeps in this house to the member when she asked the oral question then I would not have allowed it and the written question the original offense the original irony was quoted from the Honorable Phil Twyford and from my perspective vader’s in acceptable use within within a written question if the minister had not used the expression he wouldn’t have been subject to what looks like an ironic question but actually is just a straight response to to what was almost certainly an inappropriate comment that he made in the Chodron through the point of order mr. speaker through the point of order poster are you therefore ruling that the phrase so many sleeps is out of order because that is a an answer that has been given for many many many questions I’m not doing that but but what I am indicating is that when that is quoted or used in a written question which relates to the answer given in the house I’m not going to rule it out whereas if it was part of a if it didn’t have a context then at that stage it could will be considered ironic right I call on government order the day number one trans-pacific partnership agreement CP TPP

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