Is the leader of the opposition allowed to debate in parliament?
Thanks for your question, Mick.
Not only is the Leader of the Opposition allowed to debate in the Australian Parliament, it is expected that they will do so!
The Leader of the Opposition is a member of the House of Representatives who leads the largest party, or coalition of parties, that is not in government.
They take the lead in debating bills – proposed laws – and closely examining government plans and policies.
The Leader of the Opposition also leads the questioning of the government during Question Time, where they normally ask the first question of the day.
If the Prime Minister makes a speech to the House, the Leader of the Opposition usually has the right of reply, which means being given equal time to speak on the issue.
The Leader of the Opposition speaking at the Despatch Box in the House of Representatives.
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