Campbell Newman has questions to answer
Campbell Newman has questions to answer Brenda Strong

Ministers prepare to answer pre-Christmas questions

SEVERAL Queensland ministers face a busy weekend responding to questions their parliamentary colleagues asked more than six weeks ago.

Eight ministers are still required to answer a total of 23 Questions without Notice before Monday's 5pm deadline. 

All questions were asked on November 21 during the final parliamentary sitting of last year.

Only Agriculture Minister John McVeigh and Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey responded to the questions posed to them before heading off on their festive breaks.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson faces the busiest workload with five questions from colleagues ranging from road maintenance and the Inlander rail service to flashing school lights in Toowoomba, despite being on holidays until the end of the month.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg will be just as busy in responding to questions about the closure of the pain clinic at Redcliffe Hospital, sun-safe messages and midwife home visits under the 'mums and bubs' policy, to name a few.

Premier Campbell Newman, who does not return from holidays until next weekend, has four questions to respond to including a question in relation to the complex workers compensation legislation.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek, who is on leave until Friday, has three outstanding responses as does Environment Minister Andrew Powell who returns from his summer break at the end of the month.

Housing and Public Works Minister Tim Mander, Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps and Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis all have one question still to respond to.

Parliamentary guidelines outline strict conditions ministers must adhere to when answering questions including specific formatting requirements for answers and layout requirements and a strict 30 business day deadline to provide their responses.


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