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Changes in store for Question Time

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The Turnbull government has announced that parliament will trial a new approach to Question Time to allow electoral constituents to be better involved in the legislative process.

A statement from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s office said “Constituency Question Time” will begin next week and will take place as part of the “Questions Without Notice” part of Question Time.

According to Mr Turnbull, the change will give greater chances for government and opposition MPs to raise local issues for their electorate.

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“Representing the community is the first priority of every MP, regardless of which side of the House they sit on,” Mr Turnbull said. 

Leader of the House first raised this idea in early 2013, according to the statement.

“Local issues are the bread and butter of every member’s job and the genuine concerns of constituents deserve to feature prominently in the Parliament,” Mr Pyne said.

The statement wrote that the measure will typically see five questions from government members asked to relevant ministers each day.

While it is an attempt to engage the public in the parliament at a greater level, the scheme is a far cry from the measure introduced by new British Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Since he was elected to the role in mid-September, the Socialist-leaning leader had asked questions emailed to him from the public.

During Prime Minister’s question time in the UK, members of the conservative Tory Party have been heard chiding Mr Corbyn while asking the questions to Prime Minister David Cameron.

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