In a first for the Australian Parliament the Prime Minister answered questions during Question Time last week via video link. Members could see Mr Morrison on a large video screen in the House of Representatives, and direct questions to him. He answered questions on a variety of topics including Australia’s economic challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s response to climate change.
The Prime Minister was unable to attend the House of Representatives as he was in quarantine for two weeks following a trip to Japan. Mr Morrison met with the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr Yoshihide Suga, to discuss matters including defence and trade.
This was the first time in Australia’s Parliament that a Prime Minister had attended Question Time via video. Earlier this year, video technology was introduced to allow senators and members to make speeches and participate in debates in Parliament.