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Queen (the)
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is Australia's head of state.
question
A matter to be debated and voted on, or a request for information put to a minister in the Parliament.
question on notice
A written question asked of a minister, which is answered in writing at a later time.
Question Time
A period of the daily business in each chamber in which members of parliament ask ministers questions about government decisions and actions.
question without notice
A spoken question asked of a minister in Question Time, which a minister is expected to answer immediately.
quorum
A minimum number of people who have to be present in the House of Representatives or Senate to hold a meeting, as stated in the Australian Constitution and the standing orders of each chamber.

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