"Is the Prime Minister allowed to bring a computer into Question Time and use it when answering questions?"

Hi Joan! The Prime Minister, like other Members of the House of Representatives, can bring a laptop, tablet or other electronic device into the chamber. The Prime Minister may bring a device to continue to undertake their work while listening to speeches or to read a speech off the device.

During Question Time, the Prime Minister rarely refers to a laptop or tablet when answering a question. The Prime Minister and ministers are expected to answer questions quickly and confidently. Sometimes the Prime Minister will refer to briefing notes or talk with a minister before answering a question.

The House of Representatives Standing Orders state that members cannot answer phone calls, or take photographs or videos in the Chamber. Electronic devices are also allowed in the Senate

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