"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 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 be accountable and explain their decisions and actions in their portfolios (areas of government responsibility).

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

For more information about Question, Time, have a look at this fact sheet.

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