"In question time, why doesn't the opposition get asked any questions or have to answer any questions?"

Question Time is one of the ways the Australian Parliament scrutinises—closely examines—the work of the Australian Government.

Question Time allows the opposition, minor parties and independents to ask the Government questions and to critically examine its work. Ministers are called upon to explain their decisions and their actions in their areas of responsibility.

During Question Time, the opposition also has a chance to present themselves as the alternative government.

Discover more about Question Time with this fact sheet.

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