A review of Question Time in the House of Representatives aims to make it more democratic and more edifying. But it’s not the structure as much as the culture that needs fixing.
The impeachment trial of Warren Hastings in 1788.
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In the early 19th century, the British – who had invented impeachment centuries before – decided it no longer served its purpose. Instead, they found a more effective way to handle a bad leader.
University of Canberra Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan and Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher discuss the week in politics
Josh Frydenberg is in isolation following a coughing fit in the House of Representatives.
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Race, gender and social class still play a massive part in deciding who gets ahead in film, TV and radio.
Question time provides MPs with a chance to show off their wit, but has it lost its bigger purpose?
Question time is meant to be about accountability. But in practice, it is an opportunity for ministers to strut their stuff and for everyone to shout as loudly as they can.
Albanese’s opposition’s new tactics during question time have put pressure on government ministers.
A busy week in Parliament House has seen Labor adopting new tactics during question time, putting pressure on government ministers, while Morrison struggles to maintain order among his backbenchers.
Scott Morrison and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack. The next fortnight will revert to the usual combination of substantive legislation and the inevitable Question Time theatrics.
Rightly or wrongly, the Coalition views its election reprieve as a blunt rejection of Shorten’s big-spending, big taxing approach.
Wonder why Nigel Farage is on so often? Maybe because he’s very willing to turn up.
Malcolm Turnbull’s speech in Question Time on Wednesday was notable for its sheer quantity of sustained abuse.
After Malcolm Turnbull called Bill Shorten a “social-climbing sycophant”, a “parasite”, and a “hypocrite” in parliament on Wednesday, Liberal Party director Tony Nutt tweeted a link, so people could watch…
Malcolm Turnbull has implemented a ‘constituency Question Time’.
Malcolm Turnbull has unveiled changes to question time to give government backbenchers a new opportunity to pitch to their local audiences. It’s quite a clever tactic.
The final showdown.
The final big pitch to the voters has been made. So who came out on top?
This is what democracy looks like: citizens giving politicians a public bollocking.
Question Time from Margaret Thatcher’s old stomping ground of Finchley in north London.
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The BBC’s long-running political panel show, Question Time sets out to be topical, relevant to its audience and spiced with a dash of controversy. So, as you’d expect, when it was broadcast from Wrexham…
Malcolm Turnbull calls time on Question Time.
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Malcolm Turnbull’s call to change Question Time is admirable. He has proposed looking to the British system, where the Prime Minister is only required to answer questions one day a week, giving other ministers…